Postgraduate taught 

Theatre & Performance Practices MLitt

Core and optional courses

Core and optional courses

The programme is comprised of a number of core courses, with different credit weightings, plus core accredited blocks of extended critical practice and one optional course or work placement.

Core courses

Research Methods

The course is an exploration of key research methodologies relevant to the critical and practical study of performance, leading to the development of a real (or imagined) research project. Research Methods provides an introduction to a range of research methodologies, including: oral history, practice as research, using archives, visual cultures and the laboratory as a place of experiment. The course is designed to help you select individual study options as well as gain experience in a range of key research methodologies.

Contemporary Devising Practices

The course comprises an exploration, through theory and practical experimentation, of a range of contemporary devising practices in Western theatre and performance. We particularly look at movement, writing, technology and space in relation to devising.

Debating Dramaturgy Two

The course is a critical and, where appropriate, practical exploration of dramaturgy and dramaturgical practices in the modern and contemporary period.  The course focuses on production (rather than literary) dramaturgy and considers the influence of modernism and postmodernism on dramaturgy and dramaturgical practices. In addition, you will undertake applied and practical work with professional dramaturges, exploring their own professional dramaturgical practices.

Independent Practice (IP)

This course comprises an exploration of an agreed topic or research question through performance practice. The Independent Practice course is intended to encourage critically-informed practice and reflection on practice in the context of contemporary theatre and performance. It is also intended as preparation for the Practice as Research Project.

Practice as Research Project (PaRP)

The PaRP offers you a range of opportunities to explore something of interest to you, applying an appropriate practice-based methodology. It is envisaged that your PaRP is likely to evolve from your Independent Practice. For instance, you might develop an experimental performance, with appropriate documentation, or you might devise a workshop event with an accompanying piece of contextual and critical writing. It is also possible to undertake a written dissertation of between 12,000-15,000 words. is also possible to undertake a word-based dissertation of between 12000 - 15000 words.

Optional course or work placement

You may choose to take an optional course, selected from a list of choices which may include:

  • Beckett in Performance
  • Performing Memory
  • Any approved (and available) optional course from across the College of Arts.

Or you may choose to undertake a work placement:

Work placement

A placement/internship with a professional theatre, performance or arts organisation in Glasgow, Scotland or the UK, which must be negotiated and agreed with the course tutor. The placement offers the opportunity for you to gain experience of the professional workplace and theatre/arts sector, and to reflect critically on that experience. Previous students have, for example, undertaken placements at: The CCA, The Citizens' Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland, Òran Mór, Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, The Traverse, and The Tron Theatre.


During the programme you will undertake a range of assessment methods including practical presentations/performances, written critical reflections, research trails, essays, oral presentations, workshop demonstrations, and a practice as research project.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods are determined by the different needs of the courses and include seminars, laboratories, one-to-one tutorials, placements, workshops and work-in-progress showings. They are delivered by staff in Theatre Studies, alongside professional practitioners. Other occasional workshops, seminars and events are organised throughout the year by both staff and students.  Students also have the opportunity to audit (sit in on) other courses, as appropriate. Students are encouraged to create opportunities for informal peer support outside teaching hours.