• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Performance Practices MA from De Montfort University will allow you to investigate both the creative and critical contexts of performance. Topics studies include the body in performance, audiences, spaces, narrative, memory, digital technologies and collaboration.


Reasons to study the Performance Practices MA from De Montfort University:

  • You will investigate both the creative and critical contexts of performance, taught by our internationally recognised staff who are practising artists and scholars
  • Develop your writing, making and thinking by engaging with current contemporary performance practice and theory
  • Establish professional links through placements with regional and national arts-based organisations
  • Topics studied include the body in performance, audiences, spaces, narrative, memory, digital technologies and collaboration, and these are addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Work with an energetic, research-active staff team with international profiles in contemporary performance practices

Graduate careers

On completion of the programme you will be equipped to pursue a range of careers in the field of performance practices and the creative industries, as well as pursuing further academic study. Recent graduates from the Performance Practices MA:

  • Independent artists and securing funding from Arts Council England
  • Marketing and Communications Manager for UK Young Artists
  • Engaged as Associate Artists at DMU
  • Pursuing postdoctoral study
  • Teaching at University and FE levels

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Research Methods for Creative Arts Practice 
  • Research into Performance 
  • Perspectives 
  • Performance Making 
  • Education and the Arts 
  • Negotiated Placement 
  • Performance, Practice and Technology 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Not available to international students. 

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You should have the equivalent of a 2:2 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree in a related subject, such as Dance, Drama or Performing Arts. 
  • If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. Evidence of previous performance practice material (statements, images or online links) is required.
  • You may be asked to attend an interview, this could be via Skype or phone.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • UK/EU: £422 per 15 credits (part-time) per year.

Living costs for Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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