Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Offered in partnership with RADA, the programme offers 2 key and complementary approaches to performance: Considering the central role of the dramatic text as a starting point in leading to performance; and engaging with the broad spectrum of theatre languages, histories and contexts, such as space, the body, technology, scenography, documentation, devising, politics and identity. This programme combines theory and practice'based learning, which equips you with a broad range of highly employable skills. It does not take the place of training in a specific discipline and is therefore described as non'vocational. However, it does offer you the opportunity to deepen your appreciation and critical understanding of theatre and performance practices in context.

Course Modules

Full'time students: Theorising the contemporary (3 hours a week); approaches to theatre and performance practice (6 hours a week); scene study (6 hours a week). spring term: approaches to theatre and performance practice (6 hours a week); scene study (6 hours a week). Summer term: Research skills seminars and dissertation preparation for practice' and theory'based work (1.5 hours a week plus 3 supervisions).

Course Additional Entry

BA degree, or equivalent. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £15,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £9,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Day or Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £7,050  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Day or Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £4,975  Academic year. First year home fees