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MRes Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Music)

MRes Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Music)

The School of Fine and Performing Arts is a centre of creativity with a purpose-built arts venue, studios and gallery. It is home to a vibrant artistic community where students and staff work alongside one another to explore new synergies between fine and performing arts.

The Course

The MRes Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Music) aims to provide a recognised research award in preparation for PhD study in associated areas. It is designed for students seeking to develop a foundation for doctoral study.

This course offers an ideal start to your research journey in performing arts. It aims to provide the critical and methodological tools necessary for scholarly research, whilst enabling focused study in your chosen performing arts discipline and engagement with different perspectives on performance.

Students on this Master's programme can benefit from the resources of Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, studios, gallery and a vibrant artistic community.

The Course

The MRes Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Music) aims to provide a recognised research award in preparation for PhD study in associated areas, and is designed for students seeking to develop a foundation for doctoral study.

This course is an ideal starting point towards further research in to the performing arts. It aims to provide the critical and methodological tools necessary for scholarly research, while enabling focused study in a chosen performing arts discipline and engagement with different perspectives on performance.

Students on this Master's programme can benefit from the resources of Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, studios, gallery, and a vibrant artistic community.

Specialist areas of research expertise in the School of Fine and Performing Arts include:

  • Contemporary Theatre-making
  • Contemporary British Playwriting
  • Musical Theatre
  • Asian Performance
  • Practice as Research
  • Choreography
  • Contemporary Composition
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Popular Music
Students can work alongside colleagues in performing arts, whose disciplinary backgrounds may be in Drama, Dance, Music or similar. This provides an opportunity to engage with people who have similar but subtly different perspectives on performance, and can therefore introduce associated discipline areas in the performing arts.

Taught modules will be offered through seminars, which can include tutor-delivered content followed by discussion, workshop activity and exercises.

Contact hours on this programme may vary depending on each individual module and the stage of study. Postgraduate study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to at least spend two to three hours in independent study. Please contact the programme leader for more information.

The final research project will be an extended period of independent study leading to a practice-as-research output (practice and short dissertation) or a dissertation.

Advanced (ethno)musicology (Option)
Find out more

Advanced (ethno)musicology (Option)

Advanced (ethno)musicology explores advanced theories and concepts within the research areas of musicology, ethnomusicology, musical analysis and musical instrument studies. The module aims to deliver theories and concepts that build on their knowledge of music and expand their capacity for researching and thinking critically and theoretically about music. Students can consider these concepts and apply them to music and/or musical and cultural movements, helping to understand how theory develops an advanced understanding of music and an advanced ability to research music.

Critical Perspectives (Core)
Find out more

Critical Perspectives (Core)

This module considers a number of theoretical and philosophical perspectives that relate to the study of performing arts disciplines. In particular, it introduces students to a range of critical debates and issues regarding gender, ethnicity, sexuality, ethics, politics, cultural materialism, historicity, and authenticity. It will explore how these debates relate to drama, dance and music, and it will consider texts, practices, and performances in relation to these critical dynamics. In particular, it will consider how issues of identity become embodied in performance, how ethical considerations relate to artistic composition and performance, and how cultural dynamics relate to performance texts and practices across the arts. Students will be encouraged to explore texts, practices and performances in their own discipline area, and will share their findings and perspectives to enable cross-disciplinary perspectives to emerge. Not only will this enable students to become proficient critical thinkers at a postgraduate level, but it will also equip students with lateral, interrogative and adaptive intellectual skills that are transferable to a variety of careers.

Designing your Research Project (Core)
Find out more

Designing your Research Project (Core)

Research projects require planning in advance in order that a systematic approach can be taken and an appropriate methodology used. This module will guide students through the ins and outs of designing and planning a research project, from establishing a question to delivering the results. Each student will prepare and submit a project proposal serving as the foundation for the research they will undertake in their final project of the programme. This will equip them with fundamental skills in conception, design and preparation that could be transferred to a range of other future careers.

Dissertation (MRes Performing Arts) (Option)
Find out more

Dissertation (MRes Performing Arts) (Option)

As the culmination of their programme students will undertake a research project. Working independently, students will be allocated a staff supervisor with whom they will have regular meetings. They will carry out the programme of study designed in the module ‘Designing your Research Project’. The module is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue self-initiated research in Drama, Dance, Music or a combination of performing arts-based activities.

The project will result in a 20,000-word written dissertation. The work should exhibit a coherent implementation of research methodology and pre-production planning, and show evidence of original research. A level of technical competence which is commensurate to postgraduate standards is also expected.

Examining Choreography (Option)
Find out more

Examining Choreography (Option)

This module focuses on student-led research processes and provides students with the opportunity to further examine, experiment with, and reflect on their choreographic practices.

Students will have the opportunity to examine, interpret, adopt and adapt choreographic concepts leading to the re-writing and re-authoring of an iconic choreographic work of their choosing. In order to do this, students are expected to identify and examine the recurring themes and understand their developments within the context of 20th and 21st Century choreography.

Students are expected to generate appropriate methodologies for choreographic development and develop the necessary skills of critical discernment to navigate the re-authoring process.

Practice-as-research final project (Option)
Find out more

Practice-as-research final project (Option)

As the culmination of their programme students undertake a practice-as-research (PaR) final project. Students are expected to work independently and will be allocated a staff supervisor with whom they will have regular meetings. They will carry out the programme of study designed in the module ‘Designing your Research Project’. The module is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue self-initiated practice-based research in Drama, Dance, Music or a combination of performing arts-based activities.

The project will result in a piece of practical work, plus a 2,000-word critical reflection. The work should exhibit a coherent implementation of research methodology and pre-production planning, and show evidence of original research. A level of technical competence which is commensurate to postgraduate standards is also expected, in both written and practical work.

Research Methods (Performing Arts) (Core)
Find out more

Research Methods (Performing Arts) (Core)

This module provides students with a range of research methods and skills necessary for the undertaking of scholarly research in the performing arts, including practice as research in performance, practice-based research in Drama, Dance, Music or a combination thereof, and more traditional research methods common to the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. A series of tutor-led seminars, presentations, practice-based surgeries and tutorials will allow students to examine and explore the varied and multiple methods involved in researching in the performing arts. Students will be introduced to a variety of research material and resources, including archives, libraries, online resources, and ephemera. Exercises will allow students to rehearse different modes of research such as archival exploration, ethnographic interviews, discourse analysis, and online research. Within this model, students will be able to focus on approaches related to their discipline. Full use will be made of the facilities and resources within the school, including its fully-equipped specialist performance theatre and its rehearsal studios ideal for exploring practice as research in performance; its specialist dance studios ideal for movement-based practice and examining choreography; and its extensive music archive, part of Lincoln Cathedral archive, ideal for advancing skills in musicological research. The module will provide a strong foundation from which to develop a career as a researcher, and by extending the knowledge practices of approaches and methodologies of enquiry, it will equip students with the transferable skills to be able to work in a variety of industries.

Writing for Theatre (Option)
Find out more

Writing for Theatre (Option)

How do we write for theatre? How do we perform writing and how does our writing perform? How does what we write reflect who we are and the world in which we live? How might we give voice to the unspoken and speak truth to power? How might we find the words that events make us speak? How might words paint a thousand pictures?

Taking questions such as these, students have the chance to write a new piece of theatre and reflect on that process with a view to becoming a critical theatre-maker.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

A range of assessment modes are utilised, each of which aim to equip students with an appropriate skill or skills for ongoing research work. These may include essays, oral presentations, viva voces and project plans.

Your final project will consist of either a practice-as-research package (practice and short dissertation) or a standard dissertation.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Applications are made through the University's online application system. We look for existing interest and experience in a performing arts discipline or disciplines, an interest in furthering your studies through research, and the potential to continue studying toward an MPhil or PhD.

Interviews take place by telephone or in person, and applicants are welcome to visit our campus to see our facilities.

Find out more at a Postgraduate Taster Day:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/opendaysandvisits/postgraduatetasterdays/

The programme covers a broad spectrum of performing arts subjects (Drama, Dance, Music), incorporating interdisciplinary and mixed-method insight.

Students will have the opportunity to shape their own focus of study in terms two and three, firstly by selecting a specialist elective (a module chosen from other Master's programmes in Drama, Dance and Music), and secondly by designing and conducting a dissertation or practice-as-research project.

2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,407 £2,204
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,526 £1,763
International £16,100 £8,050
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£14,100 £7,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,308 £2,308

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263

 

* Academic year August – July

** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

*** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

First or upper second class honours degree.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Specialist areas of research expertise in the School of Fine and Performing Arts include:

  • Contemporary theatre-making
  • Contemporary British playwriting
  • Musical theatre
  • Asian performance
  • Practice as research
  • Choreography
  • Contemporary composition
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Popular music
Students can work alongside colleagues in performing arts, whose disciplinary backgrounds vary in drama, dance, music, or similar fields. This provides an opportunity to engage with people who have similar but subtly different perspectives on performance, and can therefore introduce associated discipline areas in the performing arts.

Taught modules are offered through seminars, and include tutor-delivered content followed by discussion, workshop activity, and exercises.

Contact hours on this programme may vary depending on each individual module and the stage of study. Postgraduate study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to at least spend two to three hours in independent study. Please contact the Programme Leader for more information.

The final research project will be an extended period of independent study leading to a practice-as-research output (practice and short dissertation) or a dissertation.

Advanced (ethno)musicology (Option)
Find out more

Advanced (ethno)musicology (Option)

Advanced (ethno)musicology explores advanced theories and concepts within the research areas of musicology, ethnomusicology, musical analysis and musical instrument studies. The module aims to deliver theories and concepts that build on their knowledge of music and expand their capacity for researching and thinking critically and theoretically about music. Students can consider these concepts and apply them to music and/or musical and cultural movements, helping to understand how theory develops an advanced understanding of music and an advanced ability to research music.

Critical Perspectives (Core)
Find out more

Critical Perspectives (Core)

This module considers a number of theoretical and philosophical perspectives that relate to the study of performing arts disciplines. In particular, it introduces students to a range of critical debates and issues regarding gender, ethnicity, sexuality, ethics, politics, cultural materialism, historicity, and authenticity. It will explore how these debates relate to drama, dance and music, and it will consider texts, practices, and performances in relation to these critical dynamics. In particular, it will consider how issues of identity become embodied in performance, how ethical considerations relate to artistic composition and performance, and how cultural dynamics relate to performance texts and practices across the arts. Students will be encouraged to explore texts, practices and performances in their own discipline area, and will share their findings and perspectives to enable cross-disciplinary perspectives to emerge. Not only will this enable students to become proficient critical thinkers at a postgraduate level, but it will also equip students with lateral, interrogative and adaptive intellectual skills that are transferable to a variety of careers.

Designing your Research Project (Core)
Find out more

Designing your Research Project (Core)

Research projects require planning in advance in order that a systematic approach can be taken and an appropriate methodology used. This module will guide students through the ins and outs of designing and planning a research project, from establishing a question to delivering the results. Each student will prepare and submit a project proposal serving as the foundation for the research they will undertake in their final project of the programme. This will equip them with fundamental skills in conception, design and preparation that could be transferred to a range of other future careers.

Dissertation (MRes Performing Arts) (Option)
Find out more

Dissertation (MRes Performing Arts) (Option)

As the culmination of their programme students will undertake a research project. Working independently, students will be allocated a staff supervisor with whom they will have regular meetings. They will carry out the programme of study designed in the module ‘Designing your Research Project’. The module is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue self-initiated research in Drama, Dance, Music or a combination of performing arts-based activities.

The project will result in a 20,000-word written dissertation. The work should exhibit a coherent implementation of research methodology and pre-production planning, and show evidence of original research. A level of technical competence which is commensurate to postgraduate standards is also expected.

Examining Choreography (Option)
Find out more

Examining Choreography (Option)

This module focuses on student-led research processes and provides students with the opportunity to further examine, experiment with, and reflect on their choreographic practices.

Students will have the opportunity to examine, interpret, adopt and adapt choreographic concepts leading to the re-writing and re-authoring of an iconic choreographic work of their choosing. In order to do this, students are expected to identify and examine the recurring themes and understand their developments within the context of 20th and 21st Century choreography.

Students are expected to generate appropriate methodologies for choreographic development and develop the necessary skills of critical discernment to navigate the re-authoring process.

Practice-as-research final project (Option)
Find out more

Practice-as-research final project (Option)

As the culmination of their programme students undertake a practice-as-research (PaR) final project. Students are expected to work independently and will be allocated a staff supervisor with whom they will have regular meetings. They will carry out the programme of study designed in the module ‘Designing your Research Project’. The module is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue self-initiated practice-based research in Drama, Dance, Music or a combination of performing arts-based activities.

The project will result in a piece of practical work, plus a 2,000-word critical reflection. The work should exhibit a coherent implementation of research methodology and pre-production planning, and show evidence of original research. A level of technical competence which is commensurate to postgraduate standards is also expected, in both written and practical work.

Research Methods (Performing Arts) (Core)
Find out more

Research Methods (Performing Arts) (Core)

This module provides students with a range of research methods and skills necessary for the undertaking of scholarly research in the performing arts, including practice as research in performance, practice-based research in Drama, Dance, Music or a combination thereof, and more traditional research methods common to the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. A series of tutor-led seminars, presentations, practice-based surgeries and tutorials will allow students to examine and explore the varied and multiple methods involved in researching in the performing arts. Students will be introduced to a variety of research material and resources, including archives, libraries, online resources, and ephemera. Exercises will allow students to rehearse different modes of research such as archival exploration, ethnographic interviews, discourse analysis, and online research. Within this model, students will be able to focus on approaches related to their discipline. Full use will be made of the facilities and resources within the school, including its fully-equipped specialist performance theatre and its rehearsal studios ideal for exploring practice as research in performance; its specialist dance studios ideal for movement-based practice and examining choreography; and its extensive music archive, part of Lincoln Cathedral archive, ideal for advancing skills in musicological research. The module will provide a strong foundation from which to develop a career as a researcher, and by extending the knowledge practices of approaches and methodologies of enquiry, it will equip students with the transferable skills to be able to work in a variety of industries.

Writing for Theatre (Option)
Find out more

Writing for Theatre (Option)

How do we write for theatre? How do we perform writing and how does our writing perform? How does what we write reflect who we are and the world in which we live? How might we give voice to the unspoken and speak truth to power? How might we find the words that events make us speak? How might words paint a thousand pictures?

Taking questions such as these, students have the chance to write a new piece of theatre and reflect on that process with a view to becoming a critical theatre-maker.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

A range of assessment modes are utilised, each of which aim to equip students with an appropriate skill or skills for ongoing research work. These may include essays, oral presentations, viva voces, and project plans.

The final project will consist of either a practice-as-research package (practice and short dissertation) or a standard dissertation.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

Applications are made through the University's online application system. We look for existing interest and experience in a performing arts discipline or disciplines, an interest in furthering studies through research, and the potential to continue studying toward an MPhil or PhD. Alongside your application you should submit a piece of academic writing critically exploring an enquiry related to the Performing Arts. This should be around 2,000 words.

Interviews take place by telephone or in person, and applicants are welcome to visit our campus to see our facilities.

The programme covers a broad spectrum of performing arts subjects (Drama, Dance, Music), incorporating interdisciplinary and mixed-method insight.

Students will have the opportunity to shape their own focus of study in terms two and three, firstly by selecting a specialist elective (a module chosen from other Master's programmes in Drama, Dance, and Music), and secondly by designing and conducting a dissertation or practice-as-research project.

2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,407 £2,204
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,526 £1,763
International £16,100 £8,050
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£14,100 £7,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,308 £2,308

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263

 

* Academic year August – July

** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

*** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

First or upper second class honours degree.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Professor Dominic Symonds

Academic Contact


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

This Masters offers the opportunity for further research in the performing arts. Graduates may use this course as a platform for further study, progression to doctoral study, or for a career in research and academia.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students can work and perform in the University’s on-campus Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat professional theatre with industry-standard studio spaces. The Centre, part of a busy arts community, hosts professional performances alongside student productions.

Students also make the most of the University's award-winning Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides access to more than 250,000 printed books and over 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.