Taught course

Performance Practice as Research

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London · Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Entry requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, (drama, theatre or performance studies), although applications from students of other disciplines will be considered. Applicants without a degree will also be considered where appropriate provided they have at least two years relevant experience in a professional context. A portfolio may be required in support of your interview.

Months of entry


Course content

If you have an established practice and/or background in performance theory, on the MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research you can take your work to the edges of your specialism(s), exploring untouched ground, establishing new ways of thinking about and doing performance, while pushing the boundaries of your discipline(s).

  • Taught courses for performance innovators who wish to investigate and interrogate concepts and practices within contemporary performance
  • Designed for the ‘auteur’, the individual practitioner/researcher
  • For those working across disciplinary boundaries
  • You will be encouraged to experiment and innovate by developing your own work, which will be presented as part of the annual Brink Festival at Central.

You will become part of a thriving community of postgraduate scholars and practitioners working within a School-wide framework for research and experimentation. Interrogate, test and apply the most recent thinking and practices within your particular field, which may include any combination of performance practice(s), directing, scenography, composition, or live and performance art.

Information for international students

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to prove their English language proficiency by gaining an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test. We do accept equivalent English language qualifications.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7722 8183