Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Independent Project THEATRE5014P

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

With appropriate supervision, students pursue an independent research project. The project might take the form of a dissertation or an applied or practice as research project.


This project must be completed by the individual by the end of the programme.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level


One formally assessed assignment:
EITHER:- an applied practical project, accompanied by documentation and a 3 000 word reflective document

OR:- a dissertation of no less than 12 000
 and no more than 15 000 words

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ develop and deepen the student's personal research interest in contemporary performance practice

■ promote an engagement with other scholarly, critical, theoretical or applied arguments relevant to that area

■ encourage the application of acquired research OR acquired research and practical skills to a supervised independent project

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ demonstrate knowledge and understanding of their personal research area

■ demonstrate knowledge and understanding of other scholarly, critical, theoretical or applied arguments relevant to that area

■ demonstrate the ability to work independently

■ demonstrate the ability to define, plan and execute a sustained, focused research project

■ demonstrate aptitude in EITHER the practical skills necessary to devise and execute an applied practical project OR to execute a piece of written work using appropriate academic style and conventions

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.


For students to complete this course successfully, the following minimum requirements must be met:
- submission of assignment: EITHER an applied practical project, accompanied by documentation and a 3,000 word reflective document OR a 15,000 dissertation

- satisfactory preparation for tutorials/supervision sessions

- satisfactory attendance at tutorials/supervision sessions - 90% at scheduled sessions, without advance cancellation