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De Montfort University's excellence in performance practice has been given national recognition and an award of ?4.5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE). The Centre is a beacon for advancing national and international thinking about the study of performance based subjects and places the provision of the highest quality learning at the core of its activities. Staff have a wide range of experience in both academic and professional performance and we welcome applications in the following areas: ? Asian theatre in Britain ? British contemporary theatre ? Dance anthropology and ethnography ? Dance history ? Dramaturgy ? Experimental theatre ? Nineteenth and twentieth century popular dance ? Performance and cultural theory ? Performance practice ? Performance studies ? Somatics ? Teaching and learning for performance ? The dancing body and cultural representation ? Twentieth and twenty-first century performance The MA by Independent Study has been designed to offer students the widest range of opportunities to pursue an area of particular interest to them as individuals. It allows students to study in a way which is most appropriate to their own circumstances and learning style and also be taught by leading national and international scholars in the Faculty of Humanities at De Montfort University. Essentially students can design an MA programme which speaks to their own research interests and incorporating taught modules if appropriate. A research proposal is submitted at application stage and if suitable, students are allocated one or two mentors with academic knowledge and expertise in the same area. Students spend the first six weeks of the course working closely with their mentors to produce a ?learning contract?. This is a development of the research proposal and details the learning aims, specific details of the subject to be studying, assessment methods and relevant deadlines for assessment. Studying for an MA by this route makes large demands of the student and requires the capacity to frame a programme of learning and take on independent research. There are clear rewards for students being able to undertake in depth study in the areas they?re really interested in with the support and expertise of a mentor who will ensure that their work meets postgraduate standards. Such a programme is suitable for all types of students ? from those who live locally but whose professional or other commitments make it difficult to fit into a taught MA framework, to those living some distance from the university and those who are based overseas. Not only is the programme of study flexible, but communication between the student and the mentor can be undertaken by electronic means if face to face meetings are difficult or not appropriate.

De Montfort University's excellence in performance practice has been given national recognition and an award of ?4.5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE). The Centre is a beacon for advancing national and international thinking about the study of performance based subjects and places the provision of the highest quality learning at the core of its activities. Staff...

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