The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA by Research is an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed. For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification (the minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable). Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages.
Months of entry
January, September, April
A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme.
Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught Master's course.
You'll be expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Whilst undertaking the research project you will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events.
Your main supervisor will normally head a supervisory team which will comprising up to three members. The research supervisor will advise and support you on your project.
At the end of the project you'll write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined.
On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD).
Actor training, psycho-physicality, ensemble creativity and improvisation, performance and mindfulness
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- Admissions (AX511 FT/AX561 PT)
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