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Drama MA / PGDip / PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Drama Studies

Course type


Course Summary

You will follow your own interests to develop as a performer with expert tuition, supervision and support.

Course overview

This course promises support to realise your performance ambitions. Academically there are seminars in research methodologies, essay writing and documentation. The bulk of your time is spent on three self-initiated practical projects with expert supervision. As an option, you may audition for performance at Chester’s professional repertory theatre, Storyhouse.

Why study this course with us?

The philosophical basis of this course is a belief in artistic development through active self-discovery. You will use creative and somatic practices to allow academic thinking through the body as well as verbally. You will be encouraged to find and develop your unique professional performance identity. This may be in contemporary performance art practices or more established forms of theatre.

There is a strong commitment to interdisciplinary work, aided by the interaction you will have with Dance, Popular Music, Fine Art and Design students. The Programme Leader is both a performer and visual artist, and there is expertise in educational theatre work in the Department.

Different course options

Full time | Creative Campus, Kingsway | 1 year | OCT-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module includes the : Investigation into current critical theory and its relationship to performance in areas such as phenomenology, semiotics, feminism, postmodernism, psycho-analytical theory and materialism; The relationship of theory to practice in terms of written analyses of performance, drama and related cultural activity made by theorists such as Walter Benjamin, Merleau-Ponty, Freud, Althusser, Barthes, Brecht and Baudrillard; Practical investigation in the studio and the field relating current critical notions and theory to practice, with the intention to evaluate theory and to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline of performance.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a 1st or 2:1 honours degree in drama and theatre studies or a related subject. Where applicants are not progressing directly from a degree, professional experience and expertise will be taken into account. Applicants are required to attend an interview. For work at Storyhouse, there will be an additional audition.

University information

From a teaching college, to becoming the University of Chester, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in Birkenhead. Through the work of...more