Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or better, usually in a relevant humanities subject. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path or who may have relevant experience in the industry. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies. Your application should include a sample of your academic writing. Ideally this will be an essay, on a similar or related topic, that you have recently written as part of your undergraduate degree programme. Please upload this to KentVision.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge of practices, traditions and professional contexts of theatre making through academic engagement, practice-based learning, individual supervision, and professional study. Students acquire skills? in a range of approaches to making performance, drawing on techniques from directing, devising, ensemble performance and live art in order to develop their own individual and/or company practice.

Research-led teaching by permanent members of staff is complemented by a sustained engagement with professional theatre makers. An emphasis on collaboration and creative experimentation will lead students to develop a portfolio of both critical and artistic work while gaining production, marketing and budgeting expertise.

Course structure

In this course, you learn how to make and think about theatre in a way that challenges conventional assumptions and boundaries. We also prepare you for the world of work by giving you opportunities to network with professionals and practise how to raise funding and market your portfolio.

Teaching and Assessment

Assessment consists of 100% coursework, including essays, performances, funding applications, reviews, written reflections on own practice, analysis of professional practice, presentations, reports, placements, practice-as-research portfolios.

Information for international students

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.


Fees and funding

Please see our funding web pages for the most current information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Arts
+44 (0)1227 827272