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Contemporary Performance Practices

Combining cutting edge contemporary performance practice with rigorous thinking, this course develops individuals to make performances that break boundaries. Whether you're interested in immersive theatre, site-specific practice, an inventive form of audience participation or applied performance, this course will develop the skills, knowledge and experience to fulfil your ambitions.

Integrating research-led teaching and contemporary creative practice, this course is technology-enabled and engages directly with the creative industries and related fields of employment, to provide you with opportunities to work across discipline boundaries.

Our subject team is committed to creating links between the course and the creative industries through student placement experiences, visiting workshops and careers talks by visiting professionals.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have gained a second class honours degree or better, and provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, and a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route.

For more information, contact the Course Director.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of the programme provided that

(a) they shall register as students of the University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level.

(b) no exemption shall be permitted from the Independent Project



Full-time: three semesters (one calendar year in total).

This will normally be timetabled as one contact day per week full-time (normally Wednesdays), with an expectation that students will work individually and in collaboration in the preparation of work on the campus or other suitable venues and locations.

Careers or further progression

As well as preparing you for a variety of employment areas within the creative and cultural industries, the work on personal development planning and entrepreneurship create learning opportunities that directly support you in maximising your career potential.

Further enquiries

Ms Wenli Xu
T: +44 (0)28 7012 3373

Dr Lisa Fitzpatrick
T: +44 (0)28 7167 5105

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 11 March 2020
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