Dissertation Project:(MA-T) - DRAM9950

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Year 7 60 (30) Margherita Laera checkmark-circle


Throughout their studies on a taught Masters-course, students will elect to develop and pursue an academic or creative project into a specific topic related to the field of study, thus increasing their potential as appropriate for a postgraduate degree. They will also develop their creative voice as a theatre practitioner, their ability to contextualise and analyse their own creative practice. Students will start shaping and preparing their project ideas supported by mandatory seminars in academic writing, research skills and resources, and practice as research (PaR). Students will present their work in progress in Summer Term at a Postgraduate Work in Progress Conference organised by the Department, and they will submit their final dissertation by 31st August.
While building on research and creative practice undertaken previously on their course, and the opportunity to extend any further aspects previously discussed, the topics and submission cannot duplicate material previously submitted for examination as part of the MA-programme.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 16
Private Study hours: 584
Total hours: 600


Compulsory for:
MA theatre-making, MA Creative Producing, MA Physical Acting

Method of assessment

Students will choose to be assessed through one of the following three options:

Option 1: Research
• Presentation of work in progress 20 minutes, and approx. 15 minutes Q&A/discussion –30%
• Dissertation of 12.000 words – 70%
Both elements must be passed.

Option 2: Practice-as-Research
• Presentation of work in progress, 20 minutes, and approx. 15 minutes Q&A/discussion –30%
• Dissertation – 70% comprising of:
1. Practice portfolio
2. 6000 word critical analysis of practice
Both elements must be passed.

Option 3: Dissertation by Practice
• Presentation of work in progress, 20 minutes, and appox. 15 minutes Q&A/discussion -30%
• Dissertation by practice – 70% comprising of:
1. Creative performance (directed, performed or produced by the student)
2. 3000 word written analysis contextualising the practice
Both elements must be passed.

Reassessment methods:

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's https://kent.rl.talis.com/index.html.

Further topic and project-specific reading depends on the individual project and will be advised by Programme Convenors.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Independently define a research topic and to autonomously undertake and complete an advanced, systematic, in-depth project, either through academic research or through practice-as-research or through practice;
2 Possess advanced understanding of research paradigms in Theatre Studies and how to apply these effectively in order to intelligently engage with the chosen research aspect or theatre practice, producing original insight and understanding;
3 Engage confidently and competently in advanced academic research at the forefront of the selected course-specific discipline, as appropriate for postgraduate Masters-level work;
4 Locate, produce, synthesise, and productively employ a range of primary course-specific source materials;
5 Possess confidence and ability to be employed in leading roles in the theatre profession, and/or to proceed into further postgraduate research in theatre and performance.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Exercise initiative, take personal responsibility and discipline to define, set up, support, manage and realise a project or target over an extended period of time within specified resource allocations;
2 Frame, articulate, and orally communicate in a concise and sophisticated and coherent practice and/or writing the evidence base, debate and argument of the project/research undertaken;
3 Recognise and solve problems encountered while undertaking a substantial project of work;
4 Make decisions and devise appropriate strategies, informed by sound and creative problem-solving skills;
5 Be skilled in independent learning required for continuous professional development.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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