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MA Programmes and Funding Opportunities (including AHRC)

Posted on 18/02/2013

Department of Drama & Theatre
Royal Holloway College, University of London
MA Programmes & Funding Opportunities (including AHRC)

Royal Holloway is one of the leading departments for studying drama and theatre in the UK. Our 23 academic members of staff offer an unrivalled breadth of historical, global, and practice-based approaches to the field. We have a vibrant undergraduate body and host a large postgraduate community with around 70 research students and 30 MA students. All postgraduate courses are taught by world-leading specialists, who emphasize practice-based critical understanding in their teaching and encourage strong industry links. Our excellent facilities include the Boilerhouse Theatre, a Noh Theatre, and the newly-built Caryl Churchill Theatre.

The Department’s newly-revalidated portfolio of Masters programmes offer a dynamic combination of critical and methodological core courses with different modes of intensive practice-based enquiry:

MA in Applied & Participatory Theatre
This programme explores ways in which drama and theatre is applied to educational, therapeutic and community settings. It offers creative and research opportunities in some of these dynamic contexts, including drama education, young people’s theatre, theatre in health, reminiscence and heritage theatres, theatre in prisons, theatre for development and community theatre. Previous students have worked with Attic Theatre, Oval House, Age Exchange Theatre Trust, The Fire Station Windsor, the Lyric Hammersmith, with learning disabled theatre companies and in schools, hospitals and young offenders’ institutes.
Course convenor: Professor Helen Nicholson

MA in Contemporary Performance Practices (subject to validation)
This programme combines diverse approaches to making and documenting performance, drawing in particular on devising, physical theatre, directing, choreography, solo work and live art. It is designed to stimulate and support both collaborative work and the further development of skills/knowledge within new areas of performance with an emphasis on: different processes of generating and composing materials from a range of triggers, sources and forms; intensive training to extend the palette of vocal and physical skills; and extensive contact with innovative contemporary performance practitioners.
Course convenors: Dr David Williams and Dr Libby Worth

MA in Playwriting
This programme is designed for aspiring playwrights and dramaturges but would also benefit anyone who wants to gain hands-on understanding of how to write for the stage. The course introduces students to basic craft skills of play construction, character, dialogue, subtext, scene structure, and style but also encourages students to create performance text for alternative theatre forms. Students are taught by professionally-produced playwrights and the course has recently welcomed writers such as Mark Ravenhill, David Eldridge, Dennis Kelly, Linda McLean, Simon Stephens, and April de Angelis to talk about their work. Soho Theatre, one of London’s leading ‘new writing’ theatre companies, is an associate company of the MA.
Course convenor: Professor Dan Rebellato

You can find out more about these programmes, and about the Department’s innovative Postgraduate Certificate in Physical Theatre for Dancers and Actors (convenor: Dr Libby Worth) here.

Postgraduate Taught Open Evening Tuesday 12 February 2013

We will also be hosting an Open Evening for prospective postgraduate applicants on Tuesday 12 February 2013, 4-8pm, in the College’s famous Picture Gallery, Founder’s Building. Further information about this event will be available in the New Year from the Faculty Administrator (dramarhul.ac.uk).

Funding Opportunities

The Department anticipates awarding one MA AHRC-funded scholarship to a student who intends to proceed to doctoral study. Applicants for this scheme will study for a Master’s qualification (not MPhil) and should be intending to proceed to doctoral study after successful completion of their Master’s programme. The AHRC funding application deadline for MA students is midday, 15 March 2013. Please note that these scholarships are only available to UK students; for further details please contact Louisa Mairlot. Details about the AHRC application process can be found here

You are warmly invited to contact the Department before submitting a formal application. You may do this either by contacting a specific member of staff who has appropriate research interests or the Postgraduate Administrator in Drama & Theatre. For information about the research interests and contact details of staff, please check here.

It is usual practice that you will be interviewed by your putative supervisor and will have contact with another member of the Department as part of the application process (interview dates to be confirmed). The Department expects to respond within two weeks of the deadline with a confirmation to shortlisted candidates, and all other candidates will be notified within a month of the deadline.

In addition, Royal Holloway offers a number of bursaries and scholarships to support taught postgraduate students, and the College works with external scholarship providers to try to ensure our postgraduate students have a range of funding options. College awards are open to candidates of any nationality and the deadlines and application processes are set out here.

Finally, for general enquiries about any aspect of the department’s taught postgraduate provision, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr Chris Megson, Director of MA Programmes.


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