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.

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
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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

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2019

About 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.

Admissions Policy

A-levels and International Baccalaureate

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).

Admissions Policies

  • See our full A-level Admissions Policy
  • More information on our International Baccalaureate admissions requirements
  • Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.

    A-levels

    • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
    • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
    • Other mandatory requirements: One A-level arts, humanities or language subject.

    Highers

    • Standard S5 academic entry requirements: AAAA/AAABB.
    • Minimum S5 academic entry requirements: ABBB.
    • Standard S6 academic entry requirements: AAAAAB.
    • Other mandatory requirements: Higher English at Grade A or B AND a Higher Humanities or Language subject at Grade A or B.

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

    • Adjusted S5 academic entry requirements: AABB/ABBBB.
    • Adjusted S6 academic entry requirements: AABB-BBBBB.
    • Adjusted mandatory requirements: Higher English at Grade B AND a Higher Humanities or Language subject at Grade B.

    Accepted humanities and languages Highers

    Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher and another humanities/language/social science Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages/social science Higher subjects are listed below:

    • Business Management
    • Cantonese
    • Classical studies
    • Drama
    • Economics
    • English
    • English for Speakers of Other Languages
    • French
    • Gaelic
    • Geography
    • German
    • History
    • Italian
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Media
    • Modern Studies
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Psychology
    • Religious Education
    • Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
    • Sociology
    • Spanish
    • Urdu

    International Baccalaureate

    • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
    • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points.
    • Other mandatory requirements: Three HL subjects including English AND a Humanities or Language subject (SL6 will be considered for ONE).

    European qualifications

    Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: European requirements: Arts, Science, Engineering, Accountancy, Social Sciences [pdf]

    A-level and IB applicants can expect offers to be between the minimum and standard entry requirements depending on demand for places on the degree.

    Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

    English language requirements

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

    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: Elaine.Shortt@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)

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

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

    Fees and funding

    Tuition fees

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

    Scholarships

    We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. 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.

    Alasdair Cameron Scholarship

    The Alasdair Cameron Scholarship exists to support the creation of a piece of performance by a recent graduate or senior student of Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow. 

    The Scholarship commemorates the life of Dr Alasdair Cameron, a Theatre Studies graduate, lecturer and senior lecturer, who died in 1994.  Alasdair, a leading authority on Scottish theatre and drama, was an influential and inspiring teacher and well-respected colleague whose commitment to the Department and its students is celebrated in this scholarship.

    The production supported by the Scholarship should be mounted for at least two showings at the University of Glasgow (in one of Theatre Studies’ performance spaces or elsewhere on campus). The production should involve students from Theatre, Film and Television Studies (TFTS), but can also include personnel from outwith TFTS and the University.

    The award of around £500 is made annually and can be used on its own or as a contribution towards the funding of the production (other sources of funding include the School of Culture and Creative Arts’ Creative Practice Fund).  The production should normally happen – and the award monies dispensed – within nine months of the date of the award.  Acknowledgement of receipt of the Alasdair Cameron Scholarship should be made on all programmes and other print or publicity associated with the supported production.

    The award is made by a committee comprising of the Head of Theatre Studies, Mr Tony Sweeten (James Arnott Theatre Technician) and one of the tutors of Theatre Studies practical options within three weeks of receiving the applications.

    more information

    RUK Access Bursary 2018 Entry

    The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and  available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2018-19 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

    more information

    RUK Excellence Scholarship 2018

    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). 

    more information

    Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust

    The Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust offers bursaries of £500-£3000 to students experiencing financial hardship. As a University of Glasgow student, you are eligible to apply if you have your ordinary residence in Scotland or outside the United Kingdom, and are either an undergraduate in your second year or above, or a postgraduate pursuing a taught or a research degree.

    more information

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

    How to apply

    If you’re seeking full-time study you must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    UCAS deadlines

    The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

    The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

    • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or 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.

    Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
    Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

    UCAS tariff points

    The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

    How soon will I receive a decision?

    We will usually respond before the end of March.

    If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

    If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

    Will I be interviewed?

    An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

    Is deferred entry available?

    For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

    University Transfers

    Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

    1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
    2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

    Widening participation

    We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

    Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
    Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

    95%

    Drama students were satisfied overall

    Data published by Unistats, March 2018