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School of Performing Arts

Performing Arts

MA by Research Part-time 2 years, Full-time 12 months

The MA by Research in Performing Arts offers an exciting new opportunity for students to study at Masters level, following an area of their own academic interest and under the supervision of published experts in their fields.

The MA by Research in Performing Arts offers an exciting new opportunity for students to study at Masters level, following an area of their own academic interest and under the supervision of published experts in their fields.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award MA by Research
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (2 years), Full-time (12 months)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton in Stafford, Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

The MA by Research in Performing Arts offers an exciting new opportunity for students to study at Masters level, following an area of their own academic interest and under the supervision of published experts in their fields. You will be able pursue innovative experience of performing arts practices with the integral development of research and writing skills, self-direction and autonomy, working in, and across, disciplines that include dance, drama, music or musical theatre. You will have the opportunity to achieve a range of subject-specific outcomes, through acquiring an advanced knowledge of concepts, and critically evaluating theories, problems and performing techniques.

As this course is taught by supervision, we are able to work flexibly with students to arrange tutorials around their work and family commitments. Also, in the absence of taught classes, it would be quite possible to conduct tutorials and exchange draft work and tutor feedback electronically, so there is considerable scope to study conveniently from home.

For further information, please contact Dr Aglaia Foteinou

What happens on the course?

Your programme of study will be based upon a Learning Contract negotiated between you and your supervising team. You will need to complete an expression of interest form indicating your topic and admission will be based upon the successful agreement of this topic and the identification of appropriate supervision. Under guidance of your principal supervisor, you will write at least three extended non-assessed assignments or produce at least three pieces of practical work leading to a final, assessed portfolio, which will include a viva voce examination.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

This MA by Research will provide an excellent preparatory pathway into doctoral research. However, for individuals seeking to enhance their C.V. or undertake some professional enhancement, this mode of study will enable you to tailor your study towards your career pathway and combine it with your work schedule and other commitments. The wide range of subjects offered will provide relevant opportunities for individuals either within, or planning to enter, diverse professions to develop and evidence the acquisition of higher level skills.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

We have a strong postgraduate community with opportunities to attend events and encounter students across the full range of disciplines within the Faculty of Arts including Studio and Digital Art, Theatre, Music and Performance. You will also be invited to attend all guest lectures, performances and field trips that constitute a vibrant student experience at the University.

We continue to develop state of the art facilities which will greatly enhance your learning experience. Our state-of-the-art performing arts and learning centre; The Performance Hub, opened in 2011 and is the home for all of our performance courses. The hub features

  • two bespoke drama studios that are ideal for rehearsals and small performances, a diverse range of fully equipped music teaching, performance and practice rooms (accommodating single person to large band / ensemble);
  • five performance studios with semi-sprung floors that are ideal for rehearsals and small performances;
  • excellent dance studios;
  • two high-end professional recording studios;
  • two bespoke technology suites boasting sixty Apple iMacs running industry standard software including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Max, Pure Data and SuperCollider

The studios feature audio/visual equipment and facilities for hanging lighting for performances.

The university is proud to be an All Steinway School and home to 17 Steinway pianos, five of which are in rehearsal studio spaces. Our 108 seat Black Box Theatre is one of the most technically advanced small theatres in the country and is ideal for a range of performing arts activities.

We are a thriving department of research active academics in drama, dance, music and musical theatre. If you are interested in a specific research area please contact Dr Aglaia Foteinou for further discussion. Some of the academic staff who supervise on this course are listed below;

Dr Richard Glover (

  • Composition;
  • Experimental and contemporary music;
  • Minimalism and reductionism;
  • Psychoacoustic, perception and cognition;
  • Experimental approaches to notation;
  • Microtonality and tuning systems;
  • Contemporary performance practice.

Claire Hampton (

  • Popular culture and performance;
  • Trauma and performance;
  • Selfie Culture;
  • The body in performance;
  • Physical Theatre;
  • Gender and performance;
  • Performativity.

Dr Sarah Browne (

  • Musical Theatre; Identity politics;
  • Feminist musicology;
  • Film theory and the musical;
  • Off-Broadway practices of the sixties;
  • Subsidised musicals and revisals;
  • African-American influences on musical theatre.

Dr Sarah Whitfield (

  • Musical theatre;
  • Labour;
  • Theatre historiography and theatre history;
  • Cultural materialism;
  • Collaborative practice;
  • Site specific theatre;
  • Postcolonial responses to the musical.

The course will provide you with the knowledge and key abilities and strategies to further your artistic career independently.

 At the end of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of a variety of topical viewpoint in performing arts (including dance, drama, music or musical theatre), taking an independent and holistic perspective;
  2. Select, interpret, develop and apply a variety of research methodologies and techniques appropriate for the research topic;
  3. Explore, develop and refine problem-solving techniques for performance arts, from the technical to the expressive, in a wide range of performance environments and situations;
  4. Develop analytical, critical, evaluative, and creative skills appropriate to the performing arts disciplines, through a selection of appropriate methodologies and technologies;
  5. Exercise personal autonomy in learning through effective self-organisation and management of workload.


Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3125 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3200 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/20. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Students will have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant subject field. If you have relevant work experience in your subject area, this can also help you to get a place on a course. All students will be interviewed to assess their suitability and preparedness for the course. All applicants must submit an initial Proposal for Study” upon which the learning contract can be agreed as a condition of admission.

Sample research proposal - English Literature

 A good standard of written and spoken English is an important pre-requisite for postgraduate study. Students whose first language is not English, are required to hold an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or equivalent ( 

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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