Taught course

Theatre Arts

Middlesex University London · Department of Performing Arts

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from any individual from an Arts or Humanities background already drawn to, or practicing in, the theatre arts. You will bring with you a desire to investigate the possibilities available to you in your area of theatre arts, with a strong understanding of how specific forms and disciplines sit within interdisciplinary performance contexts. You will be keen to engage critically and collaboratively with creative forms that are new to you as you nurture your individual artistic practice.

The programme is designed to appeal particularly to: UK-based and international practitioners and scholars engaged in any theatre arts practice who want to develop their creative and reflective skills alongside their own unique signature; actors, composers, designers, directors, illusionists, live artists, musicians, physical-theatre practitioners, scenographers, sound artists, video artists, writers and so on. UK-based and international arts-world individuals such as curators, producers, arts managers, arts/humanities theorists who wish to develop approaches to investigating practice as key contributors to the creative process. UK-based and international graduates who are keen to explore the scope of their own emerging practice and/or who wish to test the potential of contemporary interdisciplinary performance.

Those who would be eligible for the programme include: UK graduates (or those nearing completion of undergraduate programmes) in related specialisms including theatre, dance, performing arts, theatre design, acting, directing, dramaturgy etc. applicants will normally have an upper second honours degree or above. However, exemption can be made (at the Programme Leader's discretion) for those with significant relevant experience and/or who can demonstrate innovative approaches to thinking and practicing in theatre arts. Professional practitioners who may or may not hold a first degree in a relevant field and who may be admitted on the basis of alternative qualifications or satisfactory training in their field and extensive experience in a performance related profession.

Months of entry


Course content

Why study MA Theatre Arts at Middlesex?

At Middlesex we prepare the next generation of Theatre Arts professionals to be pioneering and innovative practitioners with advanced skills and contemporary knowledge of their chosen industry. Through a combination of practice-based assignments, theoretical inquiry and independent research in your field, you will develop the skills to locate and advance your work in both national and international professional contexts.

Based in our Media and Performing Arts School, you will be taught by some of the UK's leading academic-practitioners and associate artists with opportunities to explore the diverse world of Theatre Arts through high-profile guest lecturers, industry visits and professional placements while you study. Armed with these invaluable skills, experiences and professional contacts, you will graduate with the confidence to navigate an exciting career path in today's competitive arts industries.

Course highlights

  • Valuable opportunity to reflect, investigate and advance your Theatre Arts practice, however broad or specialised it currently is
  • National and international placement opportunities to expand your professional contacts and extend opportunities for employability
  • Innovative Ravensfield Theatre with fully-equipped studios and workshops featuring specialist technicians to support your exploratory and performance-related work
  • Project presentations, including performances, workshop-demonstrations and installations, which benefit from our existing and future relationships with professional venues in London and beyond
  • Internationally oriented and designed to accommodate different specialisms, enabling you to develop a wider analytical and global perspective on the issues affecting your work
  • Access to emerging theories and contemporary debates related to your field through our world-leading Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts (ResCen) – a multi-disciplinary research centre that bridges academia and practice

Information for international students

The programme places significant demands on students speaking, listening, reading and writing in English.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.
  • Where applicants have attained less than 6.0 in any component part of the test, they will be guided to attend the pre-sessional English courses offered at Middlesex.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

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