Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a 1st or 2:1 honours degree in drama and theatre studies or a related subject. Where applicants are not progressing directly from a degree, professional experience and expertise will be taken into account.

Applicants are required to attend an interview. For work at Storyhouse, there will be an additional audition.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

You will follow your own interests to develop as a performer with expert tuition, supervision and support. This course promises support to realise your performance ambitions. Academically there are seminars in research methodologies, essay writing and documentation. The bulk of your time is spent on three self-initiated practical projects with expert supervision. As an option, you may audition for performance at Chester’s professional repertory theatre, Storyhouse.

Why Study Drama with us?

The philosophical basis of this course is a belief in artistic development through active self-discovery. You will use creative and somatic practices to allow academic thinking through the body as well as verbally. You will be encouraged to find and develop your unique professional performance identity. This may be in contemporary performance art practices or more established forms of theatre.

There is a strong commitment to interdisciplinary work, aided by the interaction you will have with Dance, Popular Music, Fine Art and Design students. The Programme Leader is both a performer and visual artist, and there is expertise in educational theatre work in the Department. Details of all staff specialisms appear on our website at: www.chester.ac.uk/departments/performing-arts/staff.

How will I be taught?

Tuition is through practical studio sessions, seminars, tutorials and lectures, and may include visiting workshops by important national and international theatre companies and/or an artist in residence.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via coursework, including performances, essays, presentations, oral examinations, portfolios of work and performance documentation.

During the course you will have access to the modern facilities of the Department, including extremely spacious studios, and sound and video editing suites with industry-standard software for digital performance work and documentation.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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

Department of Performing Arts