Taught course

Theatre Practices

University of Glasgow · Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters programme engages with a range of theatre and performance practices, explored in a critically informed context. The programme encompasses practices such as contemporary devising and production dramaturgy, writing for performance, site-specific and locational performance and autobiographical performance. You will be encouraged to develop a reflective, rigorous and critically informed approach to theatre practice, with the intention of enriching and enhancing your creative work and furthering your career as a theatre/performance practitioner. You will be taught by leading academics as well as external professional practitioners.

Why Glasgow

  • The programme is delivered in collaboration with The Arches: a world-leading performing arts venue in Glasgow.
  • A significant part of the programme is delivered by professional practitioners, ensuring the programme content is relevant and up to date with the latest trends in theatre.
  • Our facilities include a studio theatre and large flexible-seat theatre seating over 200 spectators.
  • The city of Glasgow provides an unbeatable location for the programme. Glasgow is home to a huge variety of theatres that produce and show a range from the experimental and risky, to the traditional and repertory, from canonical and new writing, to devised and physical performance. World-leading venues include The Arches, the Citizens’ Theatre, Tramway and the Glue Factory.
  • Glasgow is the base for a number of nationally significant theatre organisations, including the National Theatre of Scotland, the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, Ankur Arts, Vanishing Point and Theatre Cryptic.

Programme Structure

The programme is designed to give you a practical and critical engagement with many forms of theatre and performance practice.

You will take core courses and create a portfolio of optional courses according to your personal interests and perceived needs. You can also select some courses from across the College of Arts, enabling an interdisciplinary approach.

The programme concludes with an independent research project. This provides you with a degree of flexibility in relation to the focus of your advanced study. It permits further applied practice or the opportunity to undertake an in-depth written study on an area of your choice.

Courses include

  • Research methods
  • Contemporary devising practices
  • Independent practice
  • Debating dramaturgy
  • Work placement
  • Independent research project.

Core and optional courses

The programme is comprised of a number of core courses, with different credit weightings, plus core accredited blocks of extended critical practice and one optional course or work placement.

Core courses

Research Methods

The course is an exploration of key research methodologies relevant to the critical and practical study of performance, leading to the development of a real (or imagined) research project. Research Methods provides an introduction to a range of research methodologies, including: oral history, practice as research, using archives, visual cultures and the laboratory as a place of experiment. The course is designed to help you select individual study options as well as gain experience in a range of key research methodologies.

Contemporary Devising Practices

The course comprises an exploration, through theory and practical experimentation, of a range of contemporary devising practices in Western theatre and performance.

Debating Dramaturgy 2

The course is a critical and, where appropriate, practical exploration of dramaturgy and dramaturgical practices in the modern and contemporary period. The course focuses on production (rather than literary) dramaturgy and considers the influence of modernism and postmodernism on dramaturgy and dramaturgical practices. In addition, you will undertake applied and practical work with professional dramaturges, exploring their own professional dramaturgical practices.

Critical practice (core)

Independent Practice

This course comprises an exploration of an agreed topic or research question through performance practice. You can choose to undertake either a Professional Practice route, which comprises only practical work, or a Research Route, which includes an element of written critical reflection on the practice. The Independent Practice course is intended to encourage critically-informed practice and reflection on practice in the context of contemporary theatre and performance. It is also intended as preparation for the Independent Research Project.

Independent Research Project

The Independent Research Project offers you a range of opportunities to explore something of interest to you, applying an appropriate practice-based methodology. It is envisaged that your Independent Research Project is likely to evolve from your Independent Practice. For instance, you might develop an experimental performance, with appropriate documentation, or you might devise a series of workshop performances with an accompanying piece of contextual and critical writing.

Optional course or work placement

You may choose to take an optional course, selected from a list of choices which may include:

  • Autobiography and Performance
  • Exhibiting Cultures
  • Space, Place and Landscape
  • Festivals
  • Beckett in Performance

Or any approved optional course from across the College of Arts.

Or you may choose to undertake a work placement:

Work placement

A placement/internship with a professional theatre, performance or arts organisation in Glasgow, Scotland or the UK, negotiated with the course tutor. The placement offers the opportunity for you to gain experience of the professional workplace and theatre/arts sector, and to reflect critically on that experience.


During the programme you will undertake a range of assessment methods including practical presentations/performances, written critical reflections, essays, oral presentations, workshop demonstrations, and an independent research project.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods are determined by the different needs of the courses and include seminars, one-to-one tutorials, placements, workshops and work-in-progress showings. They are delivered by staff in Theatre Studies, alongside professional practitioners. Other occasional workshops, seminars and events are organised throughout the year by both staff and students. Students also have the opportunity to audit other courses, as appropriate. Students are encouraged to create opportunities for informal peer support outside teaching hours.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.5. ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23 CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176. CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176. PTE Academic: 64; minimum 62 in writing

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Minty Donald