Taught course


Anglia Ruskin University · Department of Music and Performing Arts

Entry requirements

Usually a good 2.1 honours degree classification (or equivalent) in drama, performing arts or a related subject. Evidence of sustained engagement with drama in a variety of forms (theatre, movement, performance). Relevant motivation, maturity and ability to reflect on self in relation to others. Two references, DBS Enhanced Level check and Occupational Health clearance will be required. Minimum of 1 year or equivalent clinical/field work experience preferably with children or adults working in a caring capacity including in teaching, social work, mental health and community drama. Relevant motivation, maturity and ability to reflect on self in relation to others.

To receive an offer of a place on this course you must be successful at interview. As this is professional therapy training, if you’re shortlisted we'll ask you to attend an interview that will include experiential dramatherapy group work with other candidates, as well as an individual interview and discussion with lecturers. This will allow us to consider your suitability and readiness for training, but also give you the chance to experience some of the teaching methods we use on our course and decide whether they’re appropriate for your needs.


For the interview and audition, you’ll need to be ready to improvise and work in drama workshops as directed on the day, and to discuss your motivation for, and expectations of, becoming a dramatherapist. Video conference interview In exceptional cases, we may consider interviewing you by video conference. You’ll only be offered this if you give clear reasons why it’s impossible for you to attend the interview and audition, and if you have access to professional video conferencing equipment.

Months of entry


Course content

Get professional training in dramatherapy, and qualify to work as a dramatherapist. On successful completion, you’ll be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK. Our emphasis on clinical placements and range of dramatherapy approaches will prepare you for work in the arts therapies.

Through lectures, practical workshops, case discussions and theoretical studies, this course will introduce you to a range of approaches to dramatherapy. You’ll reflect on your own practice in group discussions, and be supported by an extensive programme of tutorials and supervisions.

Your studies will focus on intercultural practice, attachment/mother-infant observation and the understanding of how past relationships manifest in current client difficulties and how they can be worked with through the dramatherapeutic relationship. You’ll also work with music therapists in lectures and performance work, such as Playback Theatre. Our experiential teaching will focus on your own dramatic autobiographical process, dramatherapy theory, links between theory and practice, and bi-weekly experiential dramatherapy groups. In these, you’ll reflect upon your clinical experiences and the process of becoming a dramatherapist.

You’ll take part in clinical placements under the supervision of qualified dramatherapists, preparing you for employment in many different settings. These placements will take place in two to three fields, including community settings, schools, hospitals and hospices, providing you with experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.

Supported by our team of practising and research-active music therapists, you’ll have access to the latest and most effective dramatherapy approaches with both adults and children, as well as to the best advice for your future career.

Core modules
Year one:
  • Dramatherapy Practical and Clinical Skills
  • Music Therapy and Dramatherapy Multi-Disciplinary Theoretical Studies
  • Clinical Placements and Experiential Development (1)
Year two:
  • Clinical Placements and Experiential Development (2)
  • MA Therapies Major Project
One of our modules includes music therapy, and covers content from our Music Therapy MA course as well as this Dramatherapy MA. On more generic subjects, such as psychoanalytic studies, psychiatry and psychology, you'll work with our music therapy students; where techniques and approaches are specific to each profession you'll be taught separately.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 (Academic level with no individual score being lower than 6.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

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