Taught course

Theatre for Social, Political and Environmental Change

Lancaster University · Contemporary Arts - LICA

Entry requirements

2:1 (UK Hons) degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

Additional Requirements

As part of your application you also need to;

  • Take part in an interview

The interview may take place online.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Theatre for Social, Political and Environmental Change offers a unique opportunity to study theatrical responses to climate change and other pressing social and political issues. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to shake up the world around you through innovative performance practices. You’ll also gain a theoretical understanding of the role that performance plays in society and politics.

Throughout the programme we will explore the ways that professional theatre makers, applied theatre facilitators, and performance activists have responded to global challenges such as environmental degradation, migration, homelessness, sustainable development, and political engagement. Taught by world-leading academics and practitioners, you will learn about creative, socially-engaged practices and theories from a variety of global contexts. You will also have an opportunity to take optional modules within the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, or from other subject disciplines.

The course is taught through a combination of studio-based practical teaching alongside lectures and seminars. All students will undertake an independent Major Research Project, which may take the form of either a written thesis or a combination of practice-based work with a shorter written submission.

Delivered through blended modes of teaching, this MA is suitable for students living full-time on campus or for those spending portions of time based in other areas. This enables students to combine their study with relevant professional roles outside of the Lancaster area, or to fully immerse themselves in the rich cultural context of this region.

This programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to provoke effective and long-lasting change through creative performance practice. It will also provide a foundation for further postgraduate study, or for careers in community, educational, and charity sectors.

Information for international students

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum score of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Fees and funding

Information on fees and funding is available on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts