Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Text and Performance (with RADA)

This highly distinctive MA course, run as a partnership between Birkbeck and RADA, brings together cutting-edge practice and scholarship in theatre and performance. Join us and you will work with both Birkbeck's experts in theatre and performance studies and RADA's faculty and visiting theatre practitioners to experience both making and studying theatre. This course does not offer actor training, but will deepen your critical and practical understanding of theatre and performance practices in context and leads to a prestigious postgraduate qualification from the University of London.

Entry requirements

You will need to have, or be expecting, a good honours degree, usually in an arts subject.

In exceptional circumstances, appropriate career experience - for example in theatre - may be considered as an alternative qualification.

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.

Course modules

Full-time students:

Autumn term: 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).
Part-time students:

Year 1 (October to April) Autumn term: Theorising the Contemporary (3 hours a week); Approaches to Theatre and Performance Practice (6 hours a week).

Year 1 Spring term: Approaches to Theatre and Performance Practice (6 hours a week).

Year 2 (October to July) Autumn term: Scene Study (6 hours a week).

Year 2 Spring term: 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).

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

Modules:

Approaches to Theatre and Performance Practice;
Scene Study;
Theorising the Contemporary.

Assessment methods

Essays, reflective and critical portfolios, practice-based presentations and a dissertation (either practice-led or theory-led).

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 15,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Part-time day/evening October 2016 GBP 7,050 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time day/evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time day/evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time day/evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time day/evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time day/evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of English and Humanities
Telephone number: 
020 7073 8372