Master of Arts in Theatre Studies (Research)


Comprising four taught modules and a 30,000 word thesis, the MA by Research in Theatre Studies offers students the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of the field, and to conduct innovative research into a specific aspect of it.

The maximum duration of study for both full-time and part-time study is 36 months. Those awarded an NUS scholarship are required to reside in Singapore during the duration of the scholarship award.

To obtain the degree of Master of Arts in Theatre Studies (Research), candidates will be required to:

  1. successfully complete four modules, three of which must be at level 5000 or 6000.
    In Theatre Studies, there are two compulsory modules: TS5101 (Text and Performance) and TS6770 (Graduate Research Seminar)
  2. obtain a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.00 for all examinable modules. The candidature of a student will be terminated if he/she:
    • obtains a CAP of less than 2.5 for two consecutive semesters, or less than 3.0 for three consecutive semesters; or
    • fails more than two modules
  3. successfully complete a dissertation of not more than 30,000 words.

Supplementary activities

Students begin work with a dedicated supervisor on their research projects during the first year. Coursework can be complemented by teaching and research assistantships, where available. In addition, participation in reading groups, departmental seminars and the activities of faculty-level research clusters is encouraged. Attendance at international conferences provides excellent exposure to the wider research community, and some funds for this and for field work are available on a competitive basis under the Graduate Research Support Scheme (see Graduate Funding).

Converting from the MA (Research) to PhD programme
A candidate currently registered in the M.A. (Research) programme may apply to convert his/her candidature to the PhD programme instead, provided he/she satisfies the following requirements:

  1. passes at least 5 modules, of which at least two must be at level 6000
  2. obtains a minimum CAP of 3.5
  3. obtains satisfactory grades in the CELC graduate English modules at intermediate level (if applicable)
  4. meets the following Departmental requirements:
    • a formal application for conversion to the Department either by email or letter
    • the intention to convert given to the supervisor in the second semester of the MA programme
    • a letter of reference from the supervisor in support of the proposed conversion
    • a portfolio in support of the application (which may include, for example, essays of modules taken, any work done to date on the MA thesis, sample ISM, and description of proposed research topic.)
  5. passes the PhD Qualifying Examination (QE) after having met conditions (1) to (4).