Performance Practice as Research

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

12 months
14630 GBP/year
5133 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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At the Performance Practice as Research program offered by The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama ,you will become part of a thriving community of postgraduate scholars and practitioners working within a School-wide framework for research and experimentation. Interrogate, test and apply the most recent thinking and practices within your particular field.


During the MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research you might expect to:

  • Participate in workshops and seminars to investigate the relationship between the concepts and materials of performance
  • Analyse making, performing and spectatorship as interrelated activities
  • Engage and apply critical contexts and concepts
  • Explore different strategies and methods for conducting research and disseminating the findings, leading towards a conference presentation
  • Undertake laboratory exploration of performance practice as a way of testing ideas
  • Develop work towards a public presentation at Central’s Brink Festival
  • Undertake a Sustained Independent Project (SIP) culminating in a dissertation or a portfolio documenting practice-based research.
If you have an established practice and/or background in performance theory, on the MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama you can take your work to the edges of your specialism(s), exploring untouched ground, establishing new ways of thinking about and doing performance, while pushing the boundaries of your discipline(s).
  • Taught courses for performance innovators who wish to investigate and interrogate concepts and practices within contemporary performance
  • Designed for the ‘auteur’, the individual practitioner/researcher
  • For those working across disciplinary boundaries

Programme Structure

For more information please visit the program website.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is no formal closing date for direct applications




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a short (500 words) account of an aspect of performance which you would like to explore in greater depth. Your account should state why this aspect interests you and how it relates to broader issues or practices in contemporary performance;
  • a brief response (no longer than three minutes) to the interview image by way of notes/sketches/physical enactment, as if this was the beginning of a production/development process.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14630 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14630 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5133 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5133 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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