Undergraduate 

Theatre Studies MA

Theatre Studies student

This degree programme examines the nature and function of the theatrical event and theatre culture from critical, historical and practical perspectives.

Glasgow has a vibrant and diverse theatre and performance scene. We have very strong links with the theatre and arts sector, giving you opportunities to be taught by and work with practitioners of national and international standing, alongside staff with reputations as world-leading researchers (REF2014 definition of 4* research0.

  • September start: session dates
  • Theatre Studies MA (Hons): W440 4 year degree

What our students say

Theatre Studies student

Nina

“I was understandably anxious about university, having moved half way across the world from South Africa and not having any experience of university life. From the staff, to the subject matter we cover in the course, I absolutely fell in love with Theatre Studies. I am now two years into my course and looking forward to taking it into honours. I would highly recommend the course to anyone who has a love for theatre (there’s something for everyone). I have learned so much in the last two years as a Theatre joint honours student and have met such wonderful like-minded people on my course. I tend to find university academic life quite isolating but the Theatre Studies staff make the Theatre Studies building feel like home. You get the genuine feeling that the staff are rooting for you. I have no regrets and look forward to next year and graduating with my degree.”

Petros

“Studying Theatre at the University of Glasgow means studying in an environment where I can be both creative and critical. I can express my concerns and be myself in an environment that is overtly academic and yet feels like home. With the staff always ready to guide you and the curriculum powerful enough to intrigue you and challenge you, it is definitely the best choice I made.”

Claire

“If I was asked by any student considering whether or not to study Theatre at the University of Glasgow, without a doubt I would tell them to do it. The past four years have been priceless to me. I have benefitted immensely from a wide variety of classes, some theory-based and others practice-based. The teaching staff care greatly about the well-being and development of the students, going above and beyond to make sure that resources are available to us and that we get all of the support we require. The department ensures that there are plenty of opportunities to meet and be taught by artists currently working in the industry which I have found to be immeasurably valuable. I will always be thankful that I chose Glasgow.”

Programme structure

Year 1

You will focus on two subject areas:

  • Reading the stage: will introduce you to different ways of engaging with and interpreting theatre and performance through a range of critical and practical approaches.
  • Theatre and society: will explore the historical and contemporary role of theatre in society, giving you an understanding of some social, political and economic issues affecting theatre practice in a range of historical and geographical contexts.

Year 2

You will focus on two subject areas:

  • Classical to modern: a historical and critical survey of the dominant forms of theatre practice in Europe before 1900.
  • Modernism to postdramatic: an introduction, through lectures and practical experimentation, to European and American practitioners whose radical approaches to acting, directing, scenography and dramaturgy have reoriented performance and redefined our understanding of the theatrical event.

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2 : see Flexible degrees.

Years 3 and 4

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will take a course in performance theory and analysis, alongside optional courses. Options include courses in directing; writing for performance; applied theatre; space, place and performance; documentary theatre; performance and autobiography; Renaissance theatre; performing memory; Victorian and Edwardian theatre, Samuel Beckett, queer performance; activist theatre; arts criticism and German theatre, among others. In year 4 you will also have the option to apply for a work placement.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Special Glasgow feature

Your studies will be based in a refurbished building that includes a flexible-stage theatre, performance studios, editing suites and a cinema. Over 50% of Theatre Studies staff have been nominated for or won student teaching awards in the past four years.

Our international links

A number of opportunities exist for you to spend one of your undergraduate years, or part of a year, studying abroad. Our students have chosen to study at a range of universities in North America, Australia and Europe. We have particularly close connections with the University of New South Wales in Sydney; Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; the University of California; and Berlin’s Free University. See Study abroad.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2020

Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.

MA

A-levels

  • Standard entry requirements: AAB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum entry requirements: BBB considered for offer if meet additional requirements met.
  • Additional requirements: Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes MathematicsStatistics or Computing Science must also meet BSc requirements for those programmes. Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes Music must have Music at Grade B or ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.

About A-level entry requirements

The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).


A-Level qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.


Highers

  • S5 standard entry requirements: AAAA/AAABB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • S5 minimum entry requirements: ABBB to be considered for S6 offer.
  • S6 standard entry requirements: AAAAAB cumulative grade requirement for S6 offer holders.
  • Additional requirements: Higher English at Grade A or B and a Higher Humanities or Language subject at Grade A or B. Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes Mathematics, Statistics or Computing Science must also meet BSc requirements for those programmes. Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes Music must have Music at Grade B or ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow

  • Adjusted S5 standard entry requirements: AABB/ABBBB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Adjusted S5 minimum entry requirements: No minimum at S5.
  • Adjusted S6 standard entry requirements: AABB/ABBBB cumulative grade requirement for S6 offer holders. Considered for offer at BBBB.
  • Adjusted additional requirements: Higher English at Grade B and a Higher Humanities or Language subject at Grade B. Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes MathematicsStatistics or Computing Science must also meet BSc requirements for those programmes. Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes Music must have Music at Grade B or ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.

    Successful completion and grades in either the Top-Up Programme or Summer School.

About Higher entry requirements

SQA Highers

The S5 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).

The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.

Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.

Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.

If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.

Adjusted Entry Requirements

We adjust the Standard Academic Entry Requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode area, current or previous experience of living in care or estrangement from family support.

For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes see: Access Glasgow.



International

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,5 guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points including three HL subjects at 6,5,5 considered for offer if meet additional requirements met.
  • Additional requirements: Three HL subjects including English AND a Humanities or Language subject (SL6 will be considered for ONE). Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes MathematicsStatistics or Computing Science must also meet BSc requirements for those programmes. Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes Music must have A level Music/Higher Music at Grade B or ABRSM Grade 5 Theory. 

About International Baccalaureate entry requirements

The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).


International Baccalureate qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.

European qualifications


For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: kelly.fox@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:


Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.


Career prospects

Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers, many of which are closely connected to professional theatre-making, arts production and management, while others take very different career paths. Recent Glasgow Theatre Studies graduates have, for instance, become successful theatre directors, casting agents, arts managers and administrators, stand-up comedians and playwrights. Others have followed careers as teachers and community arts workers.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

MA (Hons)

  • Theatre Studies: W440
  • Theatre Studies/Archaeology: VW44
  • Theatre Studies/Classics: WQ48
  • Theatre Studies/Comparative Literature: QWF4
  • Theatre Studies/Computing Science: GW44
  • Theatre Studies/Digital Media & Information Studies: GW5K
  • Theatre Studies/Economics: LW14
  • Theatre Studies/English Language & Linguistics: WQ4J
  • Theatre Studies/English Literature: WQ4H
  • Theatre Studies/Film & Television Studies: WW46
  • Theatre Studies/French: RW14
  • Theatre Studies/Geography: LW74
  • Theatre Studies/German: R2W4
  • Theatre Studies/Greek: Q7W4
  • Theatre Studies/History: VW14
  • Theatre Studies/History of Art: VWH4
  • Theatre Studies/Italian: R3W4
  • Theatre Studies/Mathematics: GW14
  • Theatre Studies/Music: WW34
  • Theatre Studies/Philosophy: VW54
  • Theatre Studies/Politics: LW24
  • Theatre Studies/Portuguese: R647
  • Theatre Studies/Psychology: CW84
    Applicants must meet the Psychology requirements
  • Theatre Studies/Scottish History: VWF4
  • Theatre Studies/Scottish Literature: QW24
  • Theatre Studies/Social & Public Policy: LW44
  • Theatre Studies/Sociology: LW34
  • Theatre Studies/Spanish: RW4K
  • Theatre Studies/Theology & Religious Studies: VW64

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has a total of 100 Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new international students for 2020 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.  

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RUK Access Bursary 2020 Entry

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2020/21, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

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RUK Excellence Scholarship 2020

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

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James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students of African/African-Caribbean backgrounds. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for one year of undergraduate study.

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Beaconhouse Schools

The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

More Information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

International students can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

Apply via UCAS

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Theatre Studies students were satisfied overall

Data published by Unistats, March 2018
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