Theatre Studies

Major/Minor/Specialisation !MR-ARTSTHS-SPC+1037 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014


Dr Grace Moore



Office of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts



The masters degree is designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research in theatre studies. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research . Candidates may apply to submit up to 50% of the thesis as a creative work. In this case, the thesis is submitted in two parts: a written dissertation, minimum 15,000 words and a creative work (usually a written playscript or a live performance) that is equivalent of up to 15,000 words.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Master of Arts (Thesis only) in this area of specialisation should:

  • be able to conduct advanced level critical analysis and interpretation of text and performance that incorporates literary, semiotic, historical and theoretical studies;
  • appreciate the critical and creative dimensions of theatre and performance;
  • demonstrate advanced level understanding of key thinkers and practitioners in theatre and theatre theory and criticism;
  • recognise and explain textual and performative strategies to do with genre and theatricality; and
  • appreciate and/or demonstrate advanced level creative practice.
Structure & Available Subjects:

Duration: 1.5 years full-time / 3 years part-time

The Master of Arts (Thesis only) in this area of specialisation requires:

  • thesis 30,000 words
  • combined dissertation and creative work (not more than 50% of thesis; example, a dissertation of 15,000 words plus equivalent creative work)

Please note: the creative work and dissertation must be presented as a coherent whole. Students will work closely with their supervisor(s) to develop a coherent research project that fits these guidelines.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Thesis only)

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