Taught course

Performance Practices MA

De Montfort University · School of Humanities

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Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a 2:1 or above UK bachelor's Honours degree in a related subject, such as dance, drama or performing arts. If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. Evidence of previous performance practice material (statements, images or online links) is required If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This Performance Practices MA will allow you to investigate both the creative and critical contexts of performance, taught by our internationally recognised staff who are practising artists and scholars.

It aims to foster creative and performance skills, theoretical knowledge and research skills appropriate to contemporary performance practices, and is designed for those wishing to develop themselves as independent artists, practitioner researchers and scholarly researchers. It is also suitable for professional artists and educators who wish to reinvigorate their practices and deepen their engagement in performance making.

Modules are delivered from both scholarly and practical perspectives, and you will engage in classroom and studio-based activities. This ensures that you develop an advanced understanding of current research across a range of theoretical and practical fields. The programme is delivered by members of the dance, drama and performing arts subject teams who are themselves practitioners and scholars.
The programme will develop your knowledge in the field, as well as in communication, research, presentation and performance. On completion of the programme you will be equipped to pursue a range of careers in the field of performance practices and the creative industries, as well as further academic study.

Information for international students

International students may be eligible for a scholarship and/or an early payment discount for more information, visit dmu.ac.uk/international.

Fees and funding

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship

Offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information, please visit dmu.ac.uk/pgfunding.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship

Available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit 2018/19 Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

De Montfort University
+44 (0)116 2 50 60 70