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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Theatre & Dramatic Arts

Course type


Course Summary

Our MA Theatre from the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) provides a gateway to an exciting future without the need for regular attendance on campus. The GSA is accredited by the Federation of Drama Schools (FDS), and you’ll have unlimited access to our virtual learning environment – supported by industry-leading professionals and passionate academics from GSA. Furthering your skills, our course will take you deeper into relevant concepts and the fascinating history of theatre from both a practical and critical perspective. Our MA Theatre course lets you study towards a masters degree in theatre at your own pace through online learning. This flexible approach means that you can pursue your passion for theatre and develop your industry connections around your existing personal and professional commitments. You’ll be able to actively engage with relevant concepts and explore the rich heritage of theatre from a critical and theoretical perspective. You’ll gain an understanding of theatrical practices and develop your ability to evaluate significant historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre. The broad range of modules incorporates relevant topics such as Theories of Performance, The Greeks, Contemporary Theatre Making, Political Theatre, Shakespeare in Performance, and Musical Theatre. You’ll also complete an independent research project that will allow you to specialise in an area of particular interest to you.

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


24 months

Start date



This is semester 2 module. This module will engage students in the study of Shakespeare, examining his work, influence, impact and legacy upon theatre. Topics to be studied include, but are not restricted to: The Tragedies, The Histories, The Comedies, Traditions, Verse and Prose, Shakespeare in Production. Original performance contexts will be studied alongside historical and contemporary productions.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in a relevant subject, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. You must have previous engagement with drama, theatre and performance to apply.

University information

The University of Surrey is proud of the cultural diversity of its international community. Over 3,500 postgraduate students, from more than 120 countries across the globe, come to Surrey each year. As a research-led university, Surrey's outstanding contributions benefit society as a whole and address major global challenges. The research-intensive learning environment makes it the perfect choice if you want to study somewhere where you can...more

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