Postgraduate taught 

Theatre & Performance Practices MLitt

Practice as Research Project THEATRE5033P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The Practice as Research Project requires students to propose a performance project or presentation in response to research question(s) agreed with their supervisor. The project will be delivered via practice-driven research, devising and rehearsal. Students will also write a critical reflection on their process and provide documentation.


Students will receive:


■ Ten hour-long supervision sessions with an external professional practitioner and member of the Theatre Studies academic staff.

■ A staff-led seminar on documentation (2 hours).

Excluded Courses





One assessment through performance practice (with option of taught workshop or demonstration) 60%; documentation of performance practice (20%); critical evaluation (written) of performance practice (2500-3000 words) (20%).

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ Develop and deepen the student's personal skills in different aspects of theatre making and performance practice

■ Develop and deepen students' research interest in their chosen practice

■ Promote an engagement with other scholarly, critical, theoretical or applied arguments relevant to contemporary performance practice

■ Encourage the application of acquired research skills to a supervised independent project

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to: 

■ Apply practical skills and knowledge in contemporary theatre and performance making practices

■ Apply research skills to contemporary theatre and performance making practices

■ Critically evaluate the main primary and secondary sources in their chosen field

■ Identify key skills and good practices in delivering a performance-based project to an audience

■ Define, plan, and execute a sustained, focused and coherent research project through practice

■ Work independently on a sustained creative project

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.