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Text and Performance

Birkbeck, University of London

12 months
18240 GBP/year
12120 GBP/year
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This highly distinctive Text and Performance course, run as a partnership between Birkbeck, University of London and RADA, brings together cutting-edge practice and scholarship in theatre and performance. Join us and you will work with Birkbeck's experts in theatre and performance studies and RADA's faculty and visiting theatre practitioners to experience both making and studying theatre.

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This Text and Performance course at Birkbeck, University of London does not offer actor training, but will deepen your critical and practical understanding of theatre and performance practices in context and leads to a prestigious postgraduate qualification from the University of London.

Taking the dramatic text as a critical starting point, our course encompasses drama from the early modern period to the contemporary. In the rehearsal room, you will create new theatre and performance work responding to set texts and themes. You will also engage with performance techniques to develop your skills as a playwright, director and dramaturg.

In academic lectures and seminars, you will encounter theoretical, historical, critical and philosophical writings. You will theorise live performance and write about the ways in which new performance work is informed by both contemporary concerns and older theatrical traditions and legacies. In the final dissertation project, you will exercise your own creative voice as a director, dramaturg, playwright or scholar.

Careers and Employability

This programme uniquely combines the practical and academic exploration of theatre and performance, which means you will graduate equipped with a broad range of highly employable skills, ideal for entering the creative industries or undertaking further academic study.

Our graduates can be found in a wide range of exciting careers including teaching and education, theatre practice, advertising, marketing and public relations, theatre, media, film and the creative arts, journalism, arts administration and outreach, policy and strategy for political organisations, charities or NGOs, and publishing.

MA Text and Performance does not take the place of training in a specific conservatoire discipline and is therefore described as non-vocational.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Approaches to Theatre and Performance Practice
  • Scene Study
  • Theorising the Contemporary

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.


180 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will need to have, or be expecting, a second-class honours degree (2:2) or above, usually in an arts subject.

  • As part of your application, you will need to provide a 1000-word critical analysis of a production you have seen recently. This can include discussion of text-based performance or dance-based work and can also include art installations.

Tuition Fee

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    18240 GBP/year
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    12120 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12120 GBP per year during 12 months.

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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