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The supervised study of an approved topic in theatre studies, involving research and leading to the presentation of a dissertation of between 12,000 and 13,000 words.

THEA 490 offers students the exciting challenge of developing their own research project, spending an extended period of work on a topic of their choosing and writing a dissertation on this topic.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code THEA490
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,413.09
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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72 300-level THEA points
Limited to
BA(Hons), PGDipArts
Admission by application to the programme co-ordinator by 1 February 2022.

This is a full-year paper, which is taken across two consecutive semesters. Prospective students should contact the Fourth-Year Co-ordinator, Professor Stuart Young. They are required to submit a topic, an outline (one to two pages) of their dissertation and a bibliography. All projects must be approved by the Head of Programme and the Fourth-Year Co-ordinator, and enrolments require departmental permission.

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Teaching staff

Convenor: Professor Stuart Young. Each candidate will be allocated one or, in some instances, two supervisors.

Paper Structure
Students are assessed on a written critical dissertation.
Teaching Arrangements

THEA 490 is carried out under staff supervision. Further details are contained in the Theatre Programme Fourth-Year Handbook.


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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Acquire high-level critical reading, writing and research skills
  • Develop independence and self-management at a high level

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system