Taught course

Contemporary Performance Practice

Ulster University · Faculty of Arts

Entry requirements

Applicants must: (a) have gained (i) a second class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or (ii) an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification; and (b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent); or, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b): (c) In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative postgraduate programme combines cutting-edge contemporary performance practice with rigorous thinking to develop individuals who want to explore new possibilities for making performance. This might mean performances in new places, for new audiences or for new events, and includes immersive theatre, site-specific practice and inventive form of audience participation or applied performance.

The programme responds to the developments in the creative industries across Northern Ireland that have seen them play a major part in its reimaging and regeneration, building on the legacy of Derry-Londonderry’s year as the inaugural UK City of Culture in 2013 and the expertise of the staff in the School of Creative Arts and Technologies in practice and research.

It integrates research-led teaching and contemporary creative practice. It is technology-enabled and engages directly with the creative industries and related fields of employment, providing opportunities to work across discipline boundaries. Modules include: Approaches to contemporary performance practice; Event management; Visitor attractions and events; The contemporary professional landscape, and Professional development.

Students progressing to master’s level undertake and independent project that might be practice-led or a more traditional written dissertation.

The programme is aimed at graduates in the performing arts and related fields, as well as current professionals who may wish to take some or all of the programme as part of their own continuing professional development. Graduates may go on to further study at PhD level, to PGCE and teacher training, or work in the creative industries in a range of roles.

Information for international students

International applicants whose first language is not English must attain either of the following English competence standards: IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 550

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Catherine Russell
+44 (0) 28 7167 5396