Taught course

Theatre Practice: General Programme

University of Exeter · Drama

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree in Drama or a relevant subject, or its equivalent. This should normally be in Drama, Theatre Studies, Performance Studies, English or a similar subject.

In special circumstances applicants whose first degree is in another area will be considered. Practical and/or professional experience may be taken as constituting the equivalent of a degree qualification, provided there is also sufficient evidence that applicants will be able to cope with the academic aspects of the programme.

Evidence of a background which includes practical theatre work (this may take the form of professional exterience, practically based University courses, or in certain cases, non professional practice). An interview may be required as part of the application process.

Months of entry


Course content

The digital age has intensified the need to study performance. Performance is no longer confined to a segregated place and time – the theatre – but is, literally, everywhere. The last three decades have seen an explosion of hybrid forms of performance worldwide: cross-cultural theatre, documentary and socially engaged performance, live art, one-on-one performance, immersive and site-specific theatre, traditional and contemporary adaptations of classics.

Located in a vibrant research environment in one of the best-equipped Drama Departments in the UK, our MA in Theatre Practice nurtures practitioners and scholars of the future. The diverse and flexible programme taught by internationally renowned scholars-practitioners allows you to research, construct and deliver highly articulate ideas. Our rigorous teaching encourages collaboration across genres, disciplines and cultures. It is rooted in physical training, environmental, scenographic, object and site exploration, ensemble work, creative and critical writing, and expert supervision of artistically challenging ideas and projects.

During a one year course you will:

  • Extend your practice by participating in workshops with leading professionals in your field of interest whether that may be performing, directing, socially engaged performance or Shakespeare
  • Learn to contextualise your work socially and politically
  • Sharpen your critical skills by engaging with theoretical and practice-based research
  • Develop compositional, technical and management skills and strategies for creating independent work
  • Forge relationships with an international network of organisations and/or universities
  • Build creative communities

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community. Details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support can be found on the webpage.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £7,995
International students
Full time: EU £7,995 Non EU £16,995

The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit the funding page for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Office
+44 (0)1392 725306