Research course

Contemporary Arts

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Contemporary Arts

Entry requirements

You will normally hold a good UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in the arts, preferably with upper second or first classification, and/or will have substantial relevant professional experience. Applicants are chosen on the basis of their application form and an interview

Contemporary Arts With routes in dance, drama, live arts, theatre, music, visual arts, and writing

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Important notice

The University has been reviewing its campus at Crewe and considering whether or not to continue to offer the suite of courses currently on offer. Several options for the future of the campus have been under consideration.

One of the options was to withdraw from the campus – meaning the University would cease to operate from the campus in Crewe from Summer 2019 onwards – and, after full and careful consideration, the University is now pursuing this recommended option.

Further consultation needs to take place, meaning withdrawal from the campus is not yet a final decision. The final decision on the future of the campus will be made in the Spring Term 2017.

We can confirm that we are taking and processing applications for full time postgraduate courses and any part time courses of two years in duration starting in 2017 on the Cheshire Campus. However, with regard to longer part time postgraduate courses, due to the ongoing review, the University will accept applications for courses delivered at Cheshire but will not process those applications until more is known in respect of the future of the campus.

Please visit our website for the latest information on the review:

NOTE: This course is only available as a MA by Research.

MA Contemporary Arts by Research suits artists (emergent and professional) from a range of disciplines – which may include dance, drama, live arts, theatre, music and creative writing – who wish to develop a focused critical inquiry around their practice. The scope of the proposed research project is aligned with specialist expertise of staff in the Contemporary Arts Department, and developed under supervision with an appropriate supervisory team. Whether your own practical work (practice-as-research) or the work of others becomes the focus of your research inquiry you will be supported in determining suitable research methods and methodologies towards the development of your Praxis project, which will also include critical and reflective writing. You can expect an exciting and varied arts environment with good facilities and excellent technical support. A large, mixed-disciplined student community and exemplary Contemporary Arts Centre provision add to our unique agenda.
Career prospects
With well-established links to the professional world, this versatile and effective programme has broad appeal. A suitable choice for professional practitioners wishing to develop their careers, its multi-disciplinary content coupled with practice based research is also ideal preparation for work in the arts in higher education.
In addition, it is highly appropriate for those wishing to engage in practice as research and to go on to study at MPhil or PhD level.

Special Features:

  • Track record of graduates producing innovative work within and between arts subject domains.
  • Access to excellent drama/performance spaces, ranging from the intimate to the large-scale, plus dance studios, specialist music studios, writing rooms and a new media suite.
  • Have a look at our excellent facilities and find out more about the department on our website

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit

Fees and funding

UK students
UK and EU students full-time £6,030. UK and EU students £670 per 20 credit unit part-time
International students
Non-EU international £13,300

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 161 247 6969