Entry requirements

You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject

Months of entry


Course content

Covering historical and philosophical bases of theatre and performance practices from different parts of the world, on this degree you'll investigate indigenous and contemporary performance and theatre traditions from a variety of cultural contexts.

The MA in World Theatres is one of the few freestanding taught Masters programmes in world theatres and performance in the UK and globally.

The programme aims to train graduates for professional employment in a range of positions in theatre, in government settings, in HE internationally and in the culture sector that requires solid intellectual preparation and knowledge of the field. Practitioners who come on the programme can use knowledge acquired to extend the articulation of their career.

Our location in London means that you'll be close to the one of the largest concentrations of performance practice in Europe.

And the Department of Theatre and Performance’s intercultural and interdisciplinary ethos has led to key international relationships, including with LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre), the large scale biennale international theatre festival, with on-going intercultural projects in London on a constant basis. LIFT is one of our Associate Organisations, which promises to provide a special opportunity for our MA sudents in the form of:

  • placement opportunities
  • participation in LIFT projects
  • the introduction of visiting artists and companies to the department

In addition, three other new key Associate Organisations will provide additional collaborative opportunities for students on this programme:

  • ArtsAdmin Toynbee Studios, a vital hub of international artist exchange, promotion, producing and management
  • Battersea Arts Centre, a key venue in South East London that provides a springboard to support new and emerging practice
  • The Albany in nearby Deptford, will support the development of opportunities for this programme

Goldsmiths is ranked in the 42nd in the world for Performing Arts (QS World University Subject Rankings 2021).

Information for international students

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees and funding

UK students
Home - full-time: £8990 Home - part-time: £4495
International students
International - full-time: £16950

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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