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Drama MA / PGDip / PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Drama Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course promises support to realise your performance ambitions. Academically there are seminars in research methodologies, essay writing and documentation. 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. Tuition is through practical studio sessions, seminars, tutorials and lectures, and may include visiting workshops by important national and international theatre companies and/or an artist in residence. Assessment is via coursework, including performances, essays, presentations, oral examinations, portfolios of work and performance documentation. Graduates have formed their own companies, initiated portfolio careers as performers/workshop leaders, undertaken PGCEs, taught in schools and HE, and entered management or training posts. Students on the course have honed their professional performance abilities and demonstrated exceptional transferable skills of communication, self-confidence, energy and drive – attractive to many employers.

Different course options

Full time | Kingsway Buildings | 1 year | OCT-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module includes the following: Research methods appropriate to the development of analytical and critical research skills; Fieldwork methods, ethnography and practice based research and Visits to a range of live performances and other events.

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 will be required to attend an interview.

University information

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