Taught course

Theatre & Performance

The University of Manchester · Drama

Entry requirements

A First or good Upper Second Class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performance Studies.

Applied Theatre

Months of entry


Course content

The Manchester MA in Theatre and Performance offers a diverse and flexible programme of study. It provides an opportunity to study cutting-edge and provocative areas of contemporary performance theory and practice, aspects of theatre history such as nineteenth century popular performance and theatre between the world wars, socially and politically engaged theatre and activist performance. The MA integrates theory and practice, and caters for students wishing to enhance their artistic and professional careers as well as those preparing for doctoral study. For experienced, skilled practitioners, there are opportunities to focus on research through practice and explore new creative methods, areas of social engagement, professional contexts, performance techniques. For students wishing to prepare for doctoral study, the programme enables you to combine taught options with the construction of your own study module under the careful supervision of specialist staff.

The course builds on links between the University of Manchester and professional contexts and communities in Greater Manchester and beyond. It encourages the research and practice of theatre and performance that is creative and innovative, engages in experimental approaches as well as non-traditional and/or community sites. We particularly support theatre projects that engage with issues relating to transformation, critique and social responsibility.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 to include a writing score of 7.0, or 620 in the TOEFL written test or 260 in the computerised TOEFL (including 5 in TWE) or 103 in the internet-based TOEFL

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
00 44 (0)161 275 0322