Dissertation: MA Theatre (10,000 - 12,000 Words)

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
08 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA W81212 Theatre Practice,
MA W81224 Theatre Practice

Module description

Your dissertation is the centrepiece of your MA work. It gives you the opportunity to develop and to demonstrate your skills as an academic researcher and scholarly author, as you investigate and interpret a topic of your choosing.

MA in Scriptwriting

A complete play (including plays for radio) under 70 minutes playing time AND a 6,000 word dissertation

MA in Theatre Practice

This degree offers two options for the dissertation:

- a written dissertation of 12,000 words excluding bibliography and footnotes, which should adhere to the criteria outlined for the MA in Literature


- for Practice as Research projects, a substantial piece of theatre or performance practice AND a critical commentary of 6,000 words.

Module aims

The aims of the dissertation are to demonstrate:

1. comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a selected current research area
2. the planning and execution of a substantial research project with guidance from a supervisor
3. a sustained, coherent argument based on critical and/or creative writing skills as appropriate

Module learning outcomes

In preparation of and as part of the dissertation, students should be able to:

1. conduct effective research
2. write within disciplinary perspectives and genres, using academic conventions, and creating a longer, well-argued piece of writing
3. explore, analyse and present a coherent argument, involving a range of information from different soucres and/or disciplinary contexts as appropriate

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Supervisory meetings


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Dissertation (either 12,000 words OR a Practice-as-Research creative portfolio with a 6,000 word commentary) IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING A PORTFOLIO, PLEASE SUBMIT THIS VIA THE TH981 MOODLE PAGE    100% 

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Liam Jarvis, email:
Dr Mary Mazzilli, email:
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 2 hours, 2 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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