School of Performing Arts

Creative Practice and Performance (Contemporary Theatre)

MA Full-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years

The MA Creative Practice and Performance (Contemporary Theatre) will allow you to hone your skills in creativity, contemporary arts practice, and performance.

The MA Creative Practice and Performance (Contemporary Theatre) will allow you to hone your skills in creativity, contemporary arts practice, and performance.

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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year), Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

The MA Creative Practice and Performance (Contemporary Theatre) will allow you to hone your skills in creativity, contemporary arts practice, and performance. With a specific focus on contemporary theatre, this course will allow you to develop your understanding of theories and histories of performance and explore performance at the cutting edge, whilst enhancing your skills in creating and developing work for a variety of contexts.

The course allows you to work collaboratively in an industry-focused environment, enhancing your practice as a professional arts practitioner. At Wolverhampton, you can develop a specialism in contemporary performance in both practice and theory. The Performance Hub features two bespoke drama studios that are ideal for rehearsals and intimate performances. These studios feature audio-visual equipment and facilities which allow you to explore the role of technology in performance.

The Performance Hub allows students to work collaboratively in an industry-standard facility. Our Black Box Theatre is perfect for professional, public performances and our range of facilities allow you to work in an environment which replicates industry standards, increasing your knowledge of the skills require to work in a range of arts practices.

What happens on the course?

The MA in Creative Practice and Performance (Contemporary Theatre) gives you a systematic understanding and critical and creative awareness of practice at the forefront of the discipline. You will develop an understanding of histories and philosophies of performance, consider the ethical implications of performance practice and embed theory in your practice. The course has relevance to career goals in relation to teaching, drama therapy, education outreach and community arts, as well as in the range of dramatic literature embraced by the course. The course also embraces the broader understanding of this in areas such as a range of performance practices, directing and dramaturgy, playwriting, design and technical work, and arts administration.

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Everything you need to know about this course!

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the field of contemporary theatre, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of their academic discipline.
  2. Apply a comprehensive range of techniques relevant to their own research, scholarship and practice in contemporary theatre.
  3. Apply knowledge in original ways, together with an understanding of how established techniques of research and practice are used to create and interpret knowledge in contemporary theatre.
  4. Evaluate critically current practice, research and advanced scholarship in contemporary theatre.
  5. Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3200 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £6550 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £7995 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3275 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3275 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3998 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13950 per year 2021-22

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.


You will need a good degree (2:2 or above) in Drama, Performance, Theatre Studies or a related subject.

All students will be interviewed to assess their suitability and preparedness for the course. Candidates will be considered with a significant track record of professional experience in a relevant field, but without a BA (Hons) degree. To do this, non-standard applicants in this category will be interviewed, and may be asked to produce a piece of written work as a means of assessing their suitability.

Applicants from overseas should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (normally IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


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 by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

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.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. 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.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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