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University of Gloucestershire
Postgraduate research

Performing Arts and Production

MA by Research

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Course length
2 Years
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Course overview

The School of Creatives offers a stimulating and supportive intellectual environment, consisting of a diverse culture of interdisciplinary postgraduate research. You’ll benefit from working with a team of both research-active and industry-connected supervisors.


The growing drama community at UoG offers opportunities to engage in a rich programme of talks and workshops from visiting lecturers/companies. You’ll also benefit from our close links with local professional theatres and festivals.

As a research student you will have access to our suite of performance studios, digital equipment and the support of technical staff. If your practice requires experienced performers, you’ll be able to work with students from the BA performing arts courses.

You’ll be encouraged to attend and present your work at the major conferences such as those organised by TAPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) and IFTR ( International Federation of Theatre Research).

Your development as a postgraduate researcher will be supervised and nurtured by a small team who will work closely with you and offer feedback at every stage as you progress through the course.

You’ll be supported by staff whose specialisms include:

  • devising
  • immersive and par,ticipatory theatre,
  • acting,
  • performance art,
  • classical theatre,
  • theatrical adaptation,
  • writing for performance,
  • multimedia and intermedial arts,
  • site-related performance,
  • theatre and education,
  • applied theatre.

Performing Arts

Postgraduate study in performing arts covers a wide range of topics, with a focus on interdisciplinary work. Members of the performing arts team have a particular interest in practice as research.

Areas of research interest and experience include:

  • musical theatre,
  • devising,
  • role play in professional training,
  • writing for performance,
  • live and mediated performance,
  • acting for camera,
  • singing and performance,
  • theatre and community,
  • health, wellbeing and resilience,
  • theatre and playwork.


We have a well-established research reputation and strong links and partnerships with arts organisations, professional dance companies, dance practitioners and publishing houses in the UK and internationally.

We welcome students interested in:

  • dance, somatics and philosophy
  • dance, spirituality and religious studies
  • dance science
  • performance praxis
  • community dance and education
  • inter-cultural and cross-cultural dance cultures.

This research contributes to the research priority areas Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing and Creative Practice as Research.

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area

    • A master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic.

    • We actively encourage applications from students from a range of diverse backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement.

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent.

    • Please provide a copy of your research proposal. This should be 1,000 words (excluding references and appendices) following the structure outlined in this research proposal guide.

      Please note; we’re unable to process applications without a proposal for the School’s consideration. Not supplying one will delay the processing of applications.

Fees and costs

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Start date Course code Fee (UK)
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October 2024 £5,100 £12,775
February 2025 £5,100 £12,775
October 2025 TBC TBC
February 2026 TBC TBC
October 2026 TBC TBC

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Our postgraduate research students cultivate a diverse set of skills that are highly valued in the UK and internationally, preparing them for successful careers within academia and beyond.

As a postgraduate research student at UoG, you’ll develop and refine a range of skills across research, academic practice, project management and critical analysis to equip you for your future. Whether it’s contributing to ground-breaking academic research or applying problem-solving skills in the workplace, we’ll ensure you’re ready to take on your next challenge.

This versatility opens doors to opportunities across various sectors, from education and research institutions to commercial organisations and NGOs, where you’ll have the confidence to apply your researcher skills and develop innovative solutions to meet your ambitions.

Can't see your research area listed?

With research submitted in each of our research areas judged to be internationally excellent according to the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), our research supervisors have a broad range of specialisms across a diverse range of subjects.

Get in touch to find out how we can support your research interests by emailing

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Join our community

Be a part of our vibrant School of Creatives and engage in postgraduate research that is both cutting edge and creative.

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Connect with theatres and festivals

We have close links with local professional theatres and festivals like Stratford’s Royal Shakespeare Company, Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre and Strike a Light Festival in Gloucester.

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Present your work

You’ll have the opportunity to attend national and international conferences and to present your work and ideas as your research develops. You’ll also gain support to submit your work for publication.

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