MA by Research Drama
Full time 2 years
Part time 3 years
Distance Learning available
|Start date||September, January or April|
Why study for a Humanities PhD
Hear from staff and postgraduate research students as they explain what makes Exeter a unique place to study at a postgraduate level. View full size.
The Master of Arts by Research in Drama is a research degree that offers you the opportunity to pursue a research project of your choosing. The degree programme is intended both as an award in its own right or as a progression route to a PhD. You will complete an extended dissertation on an area of your particular interest, informed by a critical awareness of the current issues in the discipline, supervised by academic staff. The Masters by Research degree is assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words.
The MbyRes programmes are two years full time or three years part time. There is no minimum registration period and students may complete their studies within a shorter time scale. However, students who are accessing financial support through the Student Loan Company Postgraduate Research Loan should be aware that funding payments are scheduled across two years of the defined full time programme duration, or three years for part-time equivalents.
Drama at Exeter is an internationally-renowned centre for practice, research and teaching, and offers a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate research and practice, welcoming students from around the world. Academic staff research interests are diverse and include international performer training; contemporary performance practices; theatre for cultural development and social change; British Asian performance; dramaturgy, playwriting and adaptation; site-specific performance; theatre historiography; theatre and wellbeing; activism and political performance; nineteenth century popular culture and performance; physical and dance theatre; street arts; diaspora and transnational theatre; environmental humanities; live art; theatre and sound; voice studies; music as performance; eighteenth-century performance; medical humanities; early modern theatre; gender and theatre-making.
Research staff and students are involved in the department’s vibrant research culture including visiting speakers and performances, research reading groups, conferences, and the activities of our research centres for Contemporary Performance Practices, for Performance Histories and Cultures, and for Performance, Science and Community. The department has a lively tradition of research and creative activity and many of the staff conduct research-through-practice projects, and work with professional performance companies around the world.
Visit our staff profiles for more information about staff individual research interests.
Current available funding
The Drama research webpages provide more comprehensive details about current research projects. Details on individual staff research interests and publications can be found on the Drama staff profiles pages.
Research strengths include:
- the relationship between theory and practice (praxis) between actor and character
- the politics of Shakespeare and English drama
- dramaturgy and writing for performance
- actor and performer training
- vocal practice
- gender and performance
- ancient Greek performance
- the theory of performance and interculturalism
- political and popular theatre
- applied theatre in the community
- performance art, new media, and bioart
- theatre and music / music theatre
- site-specific and site-sensitive performance
- auto-performance and autobiography
- theatre and mental health
- Eastern European theatre
- theatre and religion.
Staff also support research into theatre direction, acting, and playwriting.
Many members of staff and research students are involved with one of the Department’s three research centres:
- The Centre for Contemporary Performance Practices embraces an exciting range of international research concerned with interdisciplinary and intercultural processes of devising, directing, dramaturgy, performing, training and writing in a diverse array of performance spaces and architectures.
- The Centre for Performance Histories and Cultures embraces a wide range of areas, not only producing historical research but also examining theatre in relation to specific cultural contexts.
- The Centre for Performance, Sciences, and Community fosters scholarly, inter-disciplinary innovation in a diverse range of subjects within and beyond the medical humanities including biology, medicine, neurophysiology, and quantum physics.
Many Drama staff are also involved with the College's Centre for Intermedia, which promotes advanced transdisciplinary research in performance and the arts through collaborations between artists, academics and scientists from a range of disciplines.
The Drama Department at Exeter offers a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate research, welcoming students from all parts of the world. The Department is situated in new, attractive buildings on a modern campus, in quiet surroundings which nevertheless are close to the major facilities of a beautiful and friendly city. Whatever your area of study in the wide field of theatre - performance, theory, writing for performance, criticism, analysis, historiography - you will have access to expert specialist supervision and excellent practical resources, and be able to rely upon support and stimulus from fellow students and members of staff. The Department has a lively tradition of research and creative activity, and by choosing to come to Exeter you will contribute to that impressive reputation.
The cultural region of the South West embraces Bristol and Plymouth as well as Exeter; all three cities have professional theatres, arts centres, and music performance venues. Local facilities include the Exeter Northcott Theatre, Phoenix Arts Centre, Corn Exchange and the University itself. The Old Vic Theatre and the Arnolfini in Bristol are nationally famous centres for the arts. Your studies will benefit from the wide range of exciting performances available in the city and in the surrounding region.
We have invested nearly £4 million in our industry standard drama facilities providing a superb environment for learning and research.
This includes eight large studio spaces (six are fully technically equipped and four have sprung floors), three sound recording studios, state-of-the-art computer facilities for lighting and sound design, two digital media suites for the creation of DVD video and audio to document practice, and workshops for set construction, costume and prop-making.
We are committed to ensuring you receive high quality research supervision to maximise your potential and prepare you for a rewarding career.
Postgraduate students have access to the wide range of support offered by our Career Zone. In addition, postgraduate research students can access our Postgraduate Researchers' Programme, which covers a range of topics to help you to succeed during your research degree and to act as a springboard for your research career.
Below are some examples of initial jobs undertaken by Drama postgraduates who studied with us in recent years.
Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
Associate Lecturer in Drama
Freelance Arts Practitioner
Freelance Trainer and Applied Dramatist
Social Activities Co-Ordinator
|Millennium Forum Theatre
Municipal and Regional Theatre of Veria
University of Exeter
University of Portsmouth
Entry requirements 2018
We usually require you to have a good upper second class degree in Drama, Theatre or a related discipline area.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.
Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.
Other accepted tests
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Finance: fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2018/19
- UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
- International: £16,400 full-time
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
Current available funding
College of Humanities
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