Confirmation of Candidature Guidelines - Master of Arts (Theatre Performance)
Masters candidates are required to supply a detailed written research proposal comprising material that focuses on the two parts of the Masters of Theatre Performance, (the practice as research project and the critical commentary) equivalent to 5,000 – 6,000 words including work in progress material.
The candidate should submit:
- material that focuses on the practical project to be presented in a written report of work to date accompanied, if appropriate, by an audio visual presentation of no more than 10 minutes and a research plan for the performance as research. (For example the submission on the practice as research component will include a written outline of the proposed project, a report on progress so far, a research plan and timeline and if appropriate sections of a work-in-progress performance/play text or adapted text; or audio visual material.)
- material that focuses on the critical commentary. This report should engage with the practical and theoretical context of the overall project and the relationship between the practical component and the critical essay and include a research plan and timeline for this component.
The total of the work in progress report combining both sections should be the equivalent of 5,000 – 6,000 words. The material presented can be substantially focused on either the practical component or the critical commentary from a 50/50 split up to a 75/25 split in the required words or their equivalence.
Both components should engage with:
§ Title of research project
§ Statement of the research question
(ii) research question or hypothesis
(iii) subsidiary questions
(iv) review of relevant research in theory and practice
§ The Method of Inquiry
(i) conceptual framework
(ii) research approach/design
(iii) the relationship between the practical and critical components within the overall project
The submission must include
§ Time-table for completing the overall research project
§ Brief Bibliography
§ List of publications/productions produced during probationary candidature (if applicable)
In addition to the written submission, candidates will also be asked to give an oral presentation to a Review Panel. The Review Panel will assess candidate's research proposal and a recommendation will be given in the form of a panel report. Once the review process has been completed, the panel report together with the review documentation must be submitted to the Arts Research Graduate School.
Upgrading to PhD
MA candidates seeking to upgrade to PhD must also supply a drafted chapter of their proposed thesis.
For more information please contact the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies or Dr Stuart Grant at 990 52133.