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 will be required to attend an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

Drama is an academic field that encompasses a wide range of performance options. The achievement of Chester’s MA in Drama will show that you have proved your professional performance abilities and have also demonstrated exceptional transferable skills of communication, self-confidence, energy and drive – attractive to many employers.

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.

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.

Contact time is 3-4 hours (full-time) or 1.5-2 hours (part-time) per week. Workload is 40 hours (full-time) or 20 hours (part-time) per week.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via coursework, including:

  • performances
  • essays
  • presentation
  • oral examination
  • portfolios of work
  • performance documentation.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Department of Performing Arts