Traditional Arts Performance

University of Edinburgh


Central Campus


New for 2020, this unique programme is aimed at traditional arts practitioners (musicians, dancers and storytellers) and facilitators who wish to reflect on their practice, and to contextualise and develop their creative work, in an academic context.

Drawing on world-class expertise at the University of Edinburgh, it will be of value to those who wish to immerse themselves in the traditional arts and / or work creatively within the field, for example as performers, curators, arts managers, producers and directors.

The approach differs significantly from conservatoires and performing arts institutes in that we’ll provide the time, space, specialist knowledge and skills for you to develop your individual artistic voice.

In-depth scholarly approaches will be added to your knowledge base, and enable you to gain hands-on, collaborative project experience through creating and sharing your work in the cultural heart and capital of Scotland, a multi-cultural hub for artistic collaboration, and world-leading festival city with a lively traditional arts scene.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline. A 2:1 degree in an alternative discipline may also be accepted if you can demonstrate prior involvement in the traditional arts.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

2 years


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Literatures, Languages and Cultures

SCQF Level



Career Area

Performing Arts