University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Theatre and Performance Studies

The programme examines the ways in which the complex relationships between play-text and performance have helped to create the longe duree of theatrical and dramatic history and theory. Students study a range of dramatic and quasi-dramatic material and discourse from different historical periods and cultures, and explore the issues contingent upon differing conceptions of the roles and perceived dangers of dramatic representation and performance in those cultural contexts. Students contextualize theatrical and dramatic writing in terms of its chronological, cultural and geographical specificities and students develop a familiarity with the variety of materials that are used to explore dramatic performance and culture, along with a critical understanding of some of the ways in which the theory and practice of performance have been conceptualised and understood by scholars, past and present.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in an appropriate subject; applicants with other equivalent experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis; candidates must supply a sample of written work (approximately 3000 words); applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

Course modules

Compulsory courses: the autonomy of performance: concepts and craft; theatre, performance, performativity. Option courses may include: time and space of performance; cinema auteurs; constructing reality; Russian theatre; film and the other arts; the golden age of French theatre; the society of the spectacle; theatre and society; traditional Scottish drama.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 8,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

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