Contemporary Performance MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2019
Apply by:
1 August 2019 (International), 1 September 2019 (UK/EU)

Contemporary performance is an artistic and critical field that engages with and cultivates new ways of thinking about our world.

The Contemporary Performance MA at Sussex develops our distinctive interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching, which celebrates and explores the intersections of artistic disciplines including drama, theatre, live art, and choreographic and sonic practices

Taught through a combination of practice and theory, you will develop your artistic and conceptual knowledge and expertise of the field. On this course, you can expect to develop skills in research, analysis, communication, collaboration, and theatre and performance making.

Why choose this course?

  • 4th in the UK for Drama, Dance and Cinematics (The Complete University Guide 2019)
  • There are regular theatre trips and workshops with acclaimed artists and theatre companies. Recent visitors have included Ursula Martinez, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Split Britches, Jeremy Toussaint Baptiste, Karen Christopher, Forced Entertainment, Jonathan Burrows, and Reckless Sleepers.
  • You have the opportunity to use our versatile facilities on campus. These include the state-of-the-art Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.
Besides being incredibly supportive, the drama faculty have a wonderful range of specialisms, and this really creates an incredible theoretical knowledge base to draw from when studying.”John Giannini
Drama, Theatre and Performance BA

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of at least 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 72%-85% depending on your university.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both a Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of at least 70%-75% depending on your university

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 80%.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.0-3.5/5.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with at least 80% or GPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 13/20 from a public university or 15/20 from a private university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Bakalavr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA of at least 3.3/4.5 or 3.1/4.3 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of at least 67%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both proof of graduation in addition to your transcript.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us

Subject-specific requirements

Your undergraduate degree should normally be in a subject relevant to the Masters. This could include, but is not limited to, qualifications in drama, fine art, dance, and theatre and performance studies.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Higher level (7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (Grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 80%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 80%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A - C in English language

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 1119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-6 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades A1-C6 (1-6) in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

Application deadlines

1 August 2019 (International), 1 September 2019 (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at englishpg@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

You’ll choose from a wide range of options in the autumn and spring terms. Modules are assessed through presentations and essays.

In the summer term, you undertake supervised work on your dissertation or a dissertation by practice.

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Our experts

Our MA is a product of a vibrant, contemporary drama programme and Sussex’s long history of interdisciplinarity and radical thought. Here, our students learn to think, make and write about performances that are responsive to our rapidly changing world.”Jason Price
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre and Performance
Prof Gavin Butt

Prof Gavin Butt

The Attenborough Chair in Drama: Theatre and Performance

Research interests

American Visual Art, Contemporary Performance, Performance And Live Art, Popular Music, Punk and Post-Punk, Queer studies, Queer Theory, Theatre and performance studies, Visual arts, visual cultures

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Dr Augusto Corrieri

Dr Augusto Corrieri

Lecturer in Drama, Theatre & Performance

Research interests

anthropocene, art and ecology, conceptual art, Conceptual dance, Contemporary Performance, Magic and performance, Performance Art, Theatre and performance studies

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Dr Benjamin Fowler

Dr Benjamin Fowler

Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance

Research interests

Adaptation, Contemporary Performance, Directing Practices, Dramaturgy, Early Modern Drama in Performance, european theatre, german theatre, Theatre Directing

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Dr William McEvoy

Dr William McEvoy

Senior Lecturer in English

Research interests

Contemporary Performance, Creative and critical writing, Cultural and Critical Theory, Modern and Contemporary Literature and Art, Playwriting, Site-specific theatre and performance, Theatre and Ethics, Theatre Directing

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Dr Jason Price

Dr Jason Price

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre and Performance

Research interests

Activist Performance, Aesthetics and Politics, Comedy, Contemporary Theatre, Dramaturgy, Marxism, Performance Histories, popular culture, Popular Theatre, Puppet Forms, Site-Specific and Public Art, Theatre and Community

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Dr Arabella Stanger

Dr Arabella Stanger

Lecturer in Drama: Theatre and Performance

Research interests

Choreography, Dance, Gender and Sexuality, race and racism, Social and political theory, space, Theatre and performance studies

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Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 678468 
englishpg@​sussex.ac.uk

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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£8,500 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£8,500 per year
International students:
£16,750 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Additional costs

All costs are best estimates based on current market values. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation. Find out tips for budgeting as a student

Sussex Writes

Students who lead creative writing workshops in secondary schools will have their travel and other costs covered.

Trips

There are occasional trips to museums, galleries and cultural partners. Travel is not normally reimbursed but can be subsidised depending on the project.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,609 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2018. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

There are a wide range of career options available to students who complete the MA Contemporary Performance.

Graduates from our courses have gone on to establish successful theatre companies, forged careers as writers, performers and directors, and undertaken further study. Many others have gone to work in related areas, including media, journalism, public relations and marketing, copywriting, and account managing.

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