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2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Drama Therapy

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Course Summary


Become a qualified drama therapist with this unique programme at Roehampton. It offers a theoretical, experiential, and clinical exploration of ritual and drama for working with others to facilitate healing and positive change in a variety of clinical settings.

The MA Dramatherapy programme at Roehampton offers a ritual theatre form of dramatherapy. Influenced by key theatrical figures and explored from anthropological, political, psychological perspectives, the programme offers a clearly structured developmental learning process mirroring the clinical application of dramatherapy at various levels. 

The programme offers theatre skills, movement, working with stories and myths, Grotowski’s paratheatrical techniques, crafting theatres of the psyche, working with our own internal dramas and the use of rites of passage within ritual theatre. There are opportunities to work with other art forms and to learn different theoretical perspectives through embodied learning.

On this programme, you will learn to facilitate an in-depth therapeutic process for a range of client groups and devise therapeutic performances and workshops. You will also undertake an original piece of research into dramatherapy practice. The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and leads to a nationally recognised professional qualification.

Alongside the experiential focus of the training, the programme also aims to develop the necessary understanding and reflective capacity required to practice as a professional drama therapist. This is achieved through workshops, lecture series and clinical application seminars, as well as through assessed clinical placements.

Career Options

Drama therapists are employed across the spectrum of health and social care, education, and forensic services. Drama therapists may also operate in private therapy, training, and consultancy practice.


This module develops the ritual theatre form, which moves the work from personal theatre plays enacted within a dramatic reality, to working with personal material in a less dramatically distanced way. Para-theatrical work offers the drama therapist a form within which to create experiences that act as a vehicle or ritual for the transformation of feelings. The theory and practice of Paratheatrical Explorations enables students to help clients work to resolve personal conflicts by addressing them directly using a theatre form. The module explores how physical work can be employed to express withheld emotions in the body, drawing on various contemporary practitioners.

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Entry requirements

Graduate level professional qualifications in appropriate disciplines such as Occupational Therapy, Probation or Social Work are also accepted.

University information

Located in South-West London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The university has a long history dating back over 180 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more