Entry requirements

pplication that you have the potential to complete and contribute positively to the degree and that you would benefit from master’s level study. You will normally have a degree or equivalent qualification in an arts-related subject and/or two years relevant professional experience.

Applicants will normally be able to demonstrate the following:

  • relevant qualifications (e.g. undergraduate degree or equivalent), or professional experience which has prepared you equivalently for advanced study
  • evidence of a specific commitment to the course, with an understanding of relevant issues and practices
  • evidence of appropriate level of skills/competencies
  • evidence of the ability to work in collaboration with colleagues and, where relevant, with external parties
  • evidence of a capacity to work at master’s level, for example engaging with complex matters in the field, or demonstrating originality in the application of knowledge.

All students attending placements will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Scheme check (DBS). This is a mandatory government safeguarding scheme for all those seeking to work in any capacity with minors or vulnerable adults.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Applied Theatre encourages investigation into the possibilities and contradictions of drama and theatre practice as transformative and rehabilitative, and engages practically and critically with a range of theories and current practices. As a student on the programme, you will:

  • Gain knowledge of theatre in extensive applied, community and drama education settings, in the UK and globally
  • Combine theory and practice in exploring how theatre can change lives
  • Be offered the chance to undertake industry placements, many funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Key features of the programme

  • Exploration of theatre work in specific settings;
  • Key practices in applied theatre;
  • A theoretical engagement with new ideas in the field
  • Project-based study examining specific professional work with a varied range of client groups or specialising in working with people whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.

The course develops knowledge of the ways in which drama and theatre are used to benefit a range of distinct groups that are key to today’s evolving cultural landscape.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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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

Course contact details

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