Theatre Studies MLitt

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: School of Humanities

The Theatre Studies MLitt is an innovative and engaging postgraduate degree programme that will allow you to study many aspects of the theatre, drawing on the unique relationship between Dundee Rep Theatre and the University of Dundee.

Why study Theatre Studies at Dundee?

Taught in association with the award-winning Dundee Rep Theatre, our highly creative and practically oriented MLitt in Theatre Studies is like no other degree available in Scotland. We have the distinctive facility of a working theatre - Dundee Rep Theatre, with Scotland's only full-time resident company of actors and contemporary dancers - as a collaborator.

Staff in both the School of Humanities and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design are engaged in theatre-based research and teaching, and when combined with the practical expertise and skill based at the Rep this co-operation makes for a highly distinctive programme of study if you are interested in the theatre.

Students on the course therefore have the opportunities to explore the theatre from many different perspectives, including literary history, creative writing with Kirsty Gunn (a critically acclaimed award-winning novelist), performance, directing, and theatre design.

Links with industry professionals

In addition to the close working relationship with the Rep, this course includes workshops and presentations from industry professionals, and the possibility of placements with organisations and companies working in related areas.

The University of Dundee also has strong links with several prestigious playwrights and actors, such as Sir Peter Ustinov, John Byrne, Stephen Fry and Brian Cox (currently Rector of the University), whose generous support has been instrumental in the development of the Theatre Studies programme.

Aims of the Programme

This degree programme is designed to provide you with a practical and theoretical understanding of theatre studies and the way plays are created, developed and produced. You will be encouraged to think critically about the theatre, to engage with the history of dramatic performance, and to appreciate the importance of critical close analysis of the theatre. Throughout the course there will also be opportunities to work alongside theatre professionals, within a vibrant and engaging theatrical context which will enable you to enhance theory with practice.

If you are practically-inclined, you will have the option to develop and present work, either individually or in collaboration, at an end-of-year presentation as part of your core assessment.

Postgraduate Culture

We offer a lively postgraduate culture, including a regular postgraduate forum, visiting speakers and an annual postgraduate conference.

Who should study this course?

If you are interested in the theatre, and want to expand your knowledge through research and practical, vocationally orientated experience, then this course should appeal to you. We offer workshops with professionals working in the theatre and the possibility of placements with Dundee Rep Theatre.

Whatever your career aspirations, the course is geared towards employability, seeking to enhance skills and refine knowledge that will greatly aid you in the pursuit of your chosen career. 

We offer a Theatre Studies Masters tailored to your needs, and like no other offered in the UK.

What makes MLitt Theatre Studies exciting is that it is new, innovative and very much depends on what the students and participants are prepared to bring to it, therefore opening up the subject of theatre in a very organic way. The technical and creative writing aspects allow exploration of a broad spectrum for would-be designers, directors and theatre craftsmen, and give an insight into what is possible - providing a jumping off point for a career in the theatre. Dundee's Theatre Studies MLitt is a wholly unique course which is ever-changing and ever-developing to meet the needs of the individual student - that is the strength and power of the course.

Related Courses

This course will be delivered in the form of seminars, workshops, master classes, and practical exercises. Often these will relate to performances that are underway at the Rep, enabling you to understand the whole process, from planning, to marketing, design, rehearsal and performance.

The training focuses on gaining experience in the industry and you will be working on live productions behind the scenes of a working theatre.

There are two teaching semesters, from September to December and from January to March.

From April onwards, you will write a dissertation or work on a collaborative project.

You must take the core module below, plus optional modules from a list such as the one below, plus the dissertation or project (for the award of MLitt).

In addition to the taught elements of your course and the masterclasses you will be able to undertake workshops on key areas, with input from the Rep, actors and the JOOT Theatre Company. These will cover themes such as:

  • Directing and Producing a Play
  • Marketing and Managing a Theatre
  • The Presence of the Actor
  • The Presence of the Dancer

Assessment consists of written coursework/continuous assessment and either a dissertation of approximately 18,000 words, or a collaborative project.

Dissertations are supervised on a one-to-one basis to ensure continuity, and this will provide you with the opportunity to work on an area of your own choosing (subject to approval by the tutor).

All students must attempt the dissertation or a collaborative project. Students whose dissertation or project fails to satisfy the examiners will be awarded the PG Diploma, provided that the taught elements of the course have been successfully completed.

This course offers good employment opportunities for anyone interested in working in the theatre and theatre scholarship and criticism.

Possible careers include: theatre critic, script writer, theatre designer, director, an academic with expertise in Theatre Studies.

Year of Entry: 2015

Entry Requirements: Students will normally be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree in English or a related discipline, but applicants with experience equivalent to a degree may be considered.

EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.

English Language Requirement

IELTS of 7.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

Please check our English language requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English language courses.


English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year.  These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.  Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme  (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2015/16
Scottish students £4,500 per year of study
Rest of UK students £4,500 per year of study
EU students £4,500 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants

Please read the Postgraduate "How to Apply" section for information on how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.

Apply online via UKPASS

Course Contact

Professor Mark Robson
School of Humanities
+44 (0)1382 384411