MA Making Performance

  • International Students Can Apply


UCAS Code:P041624
Course Length:1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2018, September 2019
Department:Department of Performing Arts
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the cultural and social context of performance and the ways in which the making of performance embraces, resists or reacts to its context;
  • Extend your knowledge of the practice of performance to a detailed, and complex level and benefit from major production opportunities in professional facilities;
  • Study on a programme with strong professional links and placement opportunities.

The MA Making Performance is an exciting opportunity to discuss, explore and create performance in high standard professional facilities. The course examines practice as research, the development of creative projects, the creation of major work and the ways in which evaluation and analysis of performance can be undertaken.

The programme is ideal for graduates, teachers, professional and semi-professional artists and individuals with suitable levels of performance experience and academic skill.

Student and Alumni Profiles

  • Lucy Connah

    MA Making Performance
    This is a demanding course but it is very rewarding. If you go into it having done the reading and knowing what your plan is going to be, then you’ll genuinely find it is so much fun.
  • Callum Forbes

    MA Making Performance
    I had the space to write my own piece, work with a cast, and then see it performed for a student audience. It gave me a massive buzz to see their reactions.
  • Madeleine Hughes

    MA Making Performance
    As part of this MA I was able to take a professional show to the Edinburgh Festival, the reviews of which have led to a real understanding of my own practice.
Department of Performing Arts

Course in Depth

What will I study?

You will study how performance can examine ideas and advance understanding whilst considering examples of contemporary performance and the major critical ideas and perspectives. You will have the chance to develop a chosen performance skill, and stage a major piece of work. The programme will be organised around the sharing of ideas and practice, and collaborative approaches.

The course comprises five modules. Three 20 credit modules are studied in the spring term. These are in the area of practice as research, an examination of contemporary performance through the development of a creative proposal, and development of a performance and practice portfolio. In the summer (May to September) you will use the departmental facilities for the development and presentation of a major piece of performance. This fourth module is followed in the autumn by a final module which is a dissertation analysing the summer practice project.

How will I study?

The course starts with seminars, workshops and master classes in the spring with a weekly performance laboratory where peer led experimentation and performance development is encouraged. In the summer you will move onto intensive rehearsal and performance development supported with tutorials. In the autumn the focus is upon one- to-one tutorials for the development of the dissertation. The whole programme is designed around a series of practitioner seminars where you are encouraged to discuss and share your approaches and ideas on performance.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through essay writing, creation of performance, and oral examination. You will also be encouraged to consider ways of presenting academic argument and analysis through media suitable for performance analysis including video, drawing and live events.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by staff in the department in the area of their professional or research expertise. The programme is also designed to include master classes and lectures from a wide range of professional artists.

A Great Study Environment

MA Making PerformancePerforming Arts students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities. The £7million redeveloped Arts Centre houses the University’s Performing Arts Department in addition to the Rose and Studio Theatres.

The department’s outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully-equipped aerial performance space.

The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement Performing Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.


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PAR7010Practice as Research (20 credits)

Practice as Research explores methodological approaches and provides you with a grounding in contemporary ideas about artistic and creative practice and its relationship to academic scholarship. The module examines the contemporary debate about Practice as Research (PaR) in general, as well as its relationship to the emerging positions concerning PaR specifically in the field of performance. It interrogates the ways in which performance practice can be “the site for opening new knowledge” (Piccini, 2005) through research methodologies.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PAR7011Creative Proposal (20 credits)

Creative Proposal lets you propose appropriate and original forms of practice. The module focuses upon learning how to initiate and plan creative work, drawing upon an understanding of research for performance and performance as research. The module also involves initial work on a dissertation, asking you to outline your proposal for a major piece of performance creation and to construct around it both methodologies and critical context through reading surveys and bibliographic construction.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PAR7012Practice Portfolio (20 credits)

Practice Portfolio provides the starting point for practical investigations, in the context of the study of contemporary practice and the development of personal projects. Initial practical explorations are recorded, presented and debated as the context for the proposal of a major piece of performance work. This module aims to establish a practical foundation upon which you can be a reflective practitioner and a scholar engaged in performance practice, through the development of a portfolio comprising a number of practical elements. The module will equip you with the necessary practical knowledge and understanding of contemporary performance practice, so that your own creative practice and research can be informed in a relevant way.

Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

PAR7014Creation of Performance Project (60 credits)

Creation of Performance Project involves the creation of a major piece of performance. In the first instance, the module focuses upon the specifics of preparation and development of a creative practical project. The overall purpose of the module is to provide a creative environment in which you can complete a piece of performance which explores a particular line of inquiry and demonstrates engagement with the debate about the nature of contemporary performance. You will be encouraged to employ sophisticated strategies for the recording and documenting of the creative process.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PAR7015Reflecting on Practice (60 credits)

Reflecting on Practice consists of a substantial work of documentation and critical evaluation which reflects upon and analyses your performance project. The module will focus upon formal academic writing in respect of practice completed, however there will also be scope for you to offer, as part of your submission, elements which utilise other approaches such as video, visual records, diagrams and interactive media including web-based presentations. The balance of these elements will be negotiated with the supervising tutor, however all students will be required to submit conventional academic writing. Based upon the evidence of personal practice, you will critically evaluate the processes, inspirations and contexts of performance development and creation, critically evaluate the act of performance, and organise, document and present the multiple contexts of creative development and performance.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.


You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this MA you should have a degree equivalent to UK second class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject. You will also need appropriate professional experience or a performance background. An interview may form part of the selection process.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, our Pre-Sessional English course might be for you.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

The programme will equip you with skills in research, analysis and complex and creative problem solving. You will also develop performance and practice skills. This will provide a number of possible future routes for employment including teaching, professional performance and research.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this MSc are:

  • £5,040 for UK and EU students and £12,750 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2018/19;
  • £5,220 for UK and EU students and £13,000 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20.

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MSc are:

  • £28 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2018/19, i.e. £560 per 20 credit module;
  • £29 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20. i.e. £580 per 20 credit module.

180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2018/19, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2018/19 guide at

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses in academic year 2019/20 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial support information for international students can be found at


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Course Changes

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