Taught course

Theatre and Performance

Northumbria University · Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a 2.2 or better honours degree in Drama, Performance, Applied Theatre, Scriptwriting or other relevant discipline, or equivalent qualifications. As part of this application students will be required to submit a 500 word statement explaining the proposed focus of their study in terms of specialism (e.g. applied theatre, scriptwriting, contemporary performance practice) and outlining how that might build towards a final project. Applicants will then be invited to interview and or audition as appropriate to their application Applicants not based in the UK are not required to attend an interview. However, we may conduct an interview via Skype, and the decision to offer a place will be based on this interview along with the completed application form, and where relevant a videoed audition.

Months of entry


Course content

Located at the heart of the artistically vibrant city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the MA Theatre and Performance offers a unique bespoke industry experience tailored to your own specialism and professional ambition. You will have the opportunity to develop your own practice within the NPA (Northumbria Performing Arts) hub. NPA provides a base for your developing practice, incorporating a range of resources including specialist spaces and equipment, as well as access to a dedicated staff team of distinguished, internationally recognised and award winning practitioners and researchers. In addition, your journey through the MA will be supported by leading cultural and artistic organisations of national and international significance.

Your course in brief

This year long course will offer you the opportunity to develop and hone your skills as an independent creative practitioner, and support you in the transition of moving those skills out of the classroom and into the professional world.

At the heart of your course will be the delivery of a major practice-based project or equivalent portfolio which will either arise from your engagement with industry partners, or from your own independent/ensemble practice. This project will be the culmination of the degree and will potentially act as a stepping stone to professional practice or further research. Through liaison with regional partner arts organisations, students will have the choice of working within an existing project being developed with our partner organisations or to create their own project. The MA in Theatre and Performance incorporates a range of modules which are designed to contextualise your practice and research interests and support your journey through the programme.

The MA Theatre and Performance sits within a wider culture of postgraduate research in the arts at Northumbria, incorporating a range of programmes such as the Master of Fine Art (MFA), the Fine Art and Education MA, and the Arts MRes. One of the modules you will undertake is led by Cultural Management, providing you with the opportunity to network amongst peers, and acquire skills that will set you up for industry. As a student on this programme you would form part of a wider interdisciplinary community of artistic research and practice incorporating specialist resources beyond those bespoke to Performing Arts, offering ongoing opportunities to share work and collaborate with a range of artists from other disciplines.

Information for international students

IELTS score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5 Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

0191 227 4444