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Theatre and Performance Studies

12 months
24660 GBP/year
11040 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Theatre and Performance Studies course at King's College London offers the opportunity to study theatre and performance studies in a dynamic research environment in the heart of London.


From queer performance and protest politics to cultural studies of science, discipline and decolonisation, to institutional critique, everyday performance and critical spectatorship, as well as performance writing, practice-based performance lab work, and more, students will have the opportunity to tailor their interests to a vast network of scholars and practitioners working at King’s and at neighbouring arts and performance institutions in London and beyond.

The Theatre and Performance Studies course at King's College London is ideal for students who have recently completed a BA in Theatre, Performance Studies, Comparative Literature, English or related fields, and/or spent time engaging in critical performance practice or work in related industries (museums, festival planning, etc.).

Key benefits

  • Unrivalled location at the heart of London allows regular access to a wide range of theatre and performance events, including performances, seminars, and research centres.
  • Dynamic intellectual community offered by King’s College London and surrounding institutions, supplemented by regular invited artist and academic speakers or artist residents.
  • Required modules providing a strong foundation in theatre and performance studies, plus the opportunity to create an individualised course of study through selected options.

Career prospects

Our graduates take the skills that they develop through our course to work in the arts and other related industries, including museum, curatorial, and archival work, production, dramaturgy, journalism, performance and theatre and performance-related arts management and administration. Others choose to continue their research in the field further at doctoral level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theatre and Performance Theory
  • Theatre and Performance Research Methods
  • Performance Lab
  • Guided Study: Performance in London/London in Performance
  • Performance and Live Art
  • Global/Local Shakespeare 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate honours degree with minimum 2:1 classification, in Theatre, Performance Studies, English or related fields. Strong interest and/or engagement in performance practice an asset.
  • A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. 
  • Two references are required with at least one academic.
  • Writing Sample
  • Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24660 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24660 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11040 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part time:

  • National: £5,520 per year
  • International: £12,330 per year

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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