Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 3 (Dissertation)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Practice-as-research Project / Dissertation  Comprises of: 1. a fully realised Performance (duration to be negotiated ) (50%) 2. 10,000 word Written Dissertation, outlining and assessing the research component of their work (50%) Where performance work involves joint collaboration, each student has to identify their contribution to the work (which will be confirmed by a statement signed by each collaborator), provided that it is possible to apply to the work the same criteria used in judging independent work The length of the Performance will be negotiated as part of the proposal process. The student will have to provide sufficient evidence for the examiners to make judgments against the criteria of assessment. This may require the submission of carefully selected and presented supplementary material. (Note: The performance will be videoed for scrutiny by the external examiner and departmental records. Assessment of this performance will be according to teh current best practice in practice-as-research)  & Dissertation 20,000 words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resit practice-as-research project  Resit Practice-as-research project / Resit Dissertation of 20,000 words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate successful project design in the field of practice-as-research 2. Demonstrate mastery of the strategies adn operational procedures involved in formulating, planning, managing and realizing a research investigation through practical work leading to a substantial piece of live performance 3. Demonstrate advanced skills - in a range of conceptual and representational strategies and techniques - to achieve well-defined and conceptualized creative outcomes 4. Critically evaluate these outcomes in relation to contemporary knowledge, practice and research traditions in the field of performance research.

Written Dissertation
5. Demonstrate the ability to formulate an answerable research question and design adn implement securely grounded research procedures 6. Demonstrate the ability to analyse the results of such procedures and a sophisticated awareness of their strengths and limitations 7. Relate such research to contemporary thinking and knowledge in the field of performance research 8. Manage a richly critical attitude towards such thinking and knowledge and ground evaluations in an understandings of different research traditions in this field.

Brief description

The module encourages students to complete their MA through a sustained and detailed research enquiry into specific aspects relating to the theory and practice of performance. Students can either develop a work of practice-based-research in the form of a substantial piece of live performance, with supporting documentation and evaluation, or submit a written dissertation on a research topic of their choice.
Regarding the practice-based research project, students are invited to identify and pursue research questions that are addressed through their practical work. Students will create a performance project of high professional standard that also provides an opportunity for a rigorous critical examination of the processes of performance practice and its theoretical implications.
The practice-based-research project can be submitted either as an individually conceived and developed or as a collaboratively conceived adn developed performance work. Where the submitted work involves joint collaboration, each student has to identify their contribution to the work (which will be confirmed by a statement signed by each collaborator), provided that it is possible to apply to the work the same criteria used in judging independent work.
The submission type, topic and methodology for the research will be identified with the help of a research proposal, to be submitted for PFM0430 in Part 1. Submission type, topic and methodology will be approved by the module coordinator and will depend on the availability of suitable resources and supervision. Students will work with the support of an assigned supervisor.
Students who have chosen to submit a practice-based research project will be given the opportunity to present the work in a public performance platform in late September each year.


Independent research supported by six 1 - hour seminars, which will focus on ways in which students might be able to carry forward the work undertaken as part of this module into professional practice or doctoral research.

Seminar Content:
1. Planning and executing a research project
2. Making funding applications for academic and artistic work
3. Selling your work - artist's statements and publicity
4. Planning and technical aspects of your work
5. Documenting practice
6. Writing on practice

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number This element is not assessed.
Communication The ability to communicate ideas effectively is developed and assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Self-regulation, motivation and time-management skills are developed through the module and are demanded for the successful completion of its assignments.
Information Technology The ability to utilize information technology both in the research for and delivery of assignments is assessed directly.
Personal Development and Career planning Transferable skills (managing personal workloads and meeting deadlines, designing and realizing assessment projects) are developed and assessed directly.
Problem solving Analytical problem solving, outcome recognition and the identification of appropriate strategies and procedures are encouraged and assessed.
Research skills Independent research and the development of effective personal research practices are encouraged and assessed.
Subject Specific Skills The development of particular subject specific skills will depend on the exact nature of the research project.
Team work Seminar discussions demand the application of skills necessary to conduct collaborative activity, such as negotiating ideas and opinions . Where appropriate, students work in collaboration with others on the formulation and implementation of practical research enquiries.


This module is at CQFW Level 7