Taught course

Applied Theatre (pathway of Theatre and Performance)

The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

The Manchester MA in Theatre and Performance (Applied Theatre) offers a diverse and flexible programme of study, providing students with opportunities to specialise in applied theatre practice and research. It offers an opportunity to combine a specialist focus on applied theatre with the study of cutting-edge examples of contemporary performance practice as well as relevant areas of theatre history. 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. There are opportunities to practice and research socially engaged theatre in a diverse range of contexts, from prisons, schools, community agencies, public and voluntary sector organisations, and health and development settings.

The course builds on links between the University of Manchester and professional theatre contexts and communities in Greater Manchester and beyond. It encourages the research and practice of theatre and performance that engages in non-traditional and/or community sites, and combines artistic exploration with a social, political and educational focus. We particularly support theatre projects that engage with issues relating to transformation, critique and social responsibility.

Information for international students

For further information about entry requirements, including English Language requirements, please see the University website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
00 44 (0)161 275 0322