Taught course

Contemporary Performance Practices

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Drama and Theatre

Entry requirements

UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1); or equivalent in a relevant subject. Relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area will be considered.

Applicants will need to submit one academic essay that has been presented for assessment on a previous course or an analysis of any theatre production that you have recently seen (2000 words).

Applicants will be interviewed to establish their suitability for the course. For applicants who are unable to attend, such as overseas students, the interview will be conducted by telephone or Skype.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA provides a next step in performance-making skills, and in documenting and promoting your work. You'll develop your capacity for devising, physical theatre, directing, choreography, solo work and live art, building on your existing knowledge with new directions in collaboration, composition, and documentation. We work in studio spaces to allow a free flow between practical work and discussion.

You will have the opportunity to benefit from our close contact with a wide range of companies and artists based in London. Leading professionals we have worked with include:

  • Choreographer Jonathan Burrows (who holds an honorary doctorate with the college)
  • Lone Twin
  • Jasmin Vardimon Company
  • Non Zero One
  • Theatre Ad Infinitum
  • Analogue

You'll learn how performers can take different routes into the world of work – not everyone's routes have to look the same. We create an environment to support excellence in professional practice and we'll work with you to develop your portfolio of skills and documentation.

Through the course, you'll have the chance to take part in independent and group projects, and to engage critically and practically with a wide range of performance practices. While you develop your projects, you'll also be able to use our distinctive performance spaces on the campus – including the state of the art Caryl Churchill Theatre, a converted ‘found space’ Boilerhouse Theatre and the only permanent Noh stage outside of Japan. Towards the end of the course, you'll select a subject area that really interests you, working on your own independently-researched dissertation.

Information for international students

IELTS score of 6.5 with 7.0 in writing and no sub-score below 5.5 for non-native English speaking applicants.

See https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

See https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/feesandfunding/home.aspx

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Ally Williams - postgraduate administrator
+44 (0)1784 443922