Taught course

Drama MA

University of Worcester · Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts

Entry requirements

The MA programme is designed for students with a good honours degree in Drama or other humanities subject areas. It is also appropriate for theatre practitioners or drama teachers wishing to develop their academic qualifications and for overseas students seeking to deepen their knowledge and experience of theatre in the UK. In certain circumstances, people without conventional academic qualifications, who have significant experience in Drama, may be accepted onto the course. Anyone interested in the programme is invited to contact Drama Subject Leaders Dr Fred Dalmasso (f.dalmasso@worc.ac.uk) or Ildiko Rippel (i.rippel@worc.ac.uk) for an informal discussion about the course. All applications will be invited to attend an interview – in the case of International applicants this may be done online.

MA Drama ( Contemporary Theatre Practices)MA Drama (Theatre & Young People)

Months of entry


Course content

This MA in Drama offers students the opportunity to combine practical theatre work with complementary critical and theoretical study through a dynamic course of creative learning.
Students select to specialise either Theatre and Young People or Contemporary Theatre Practices allowing them to develop expertise and profile in one of these pathways and at the same time to benefit from taking a number of shared core modules common to both courses. Both programmes enable students to develop substantial work experience through the course’s close contacts with the profession.
This innovative postgraduate programme is designed to enable students to engage with an advanced approach to practice against a framework of academic research, through group work, individual supervision, seminars, workshops and professional mentoring sessions. There is a focus on partnerships with the professional theatre community and students are able to form close links with directors, companies and theatre venues in the region, through work placements and production opportunities.
Drama at Worcester provides a vibrant research environment for students to develop and refine their own practice. The course is an excellent grounding for emerging theatre practitioners: directors, performers and writers. Graduating students may also follow careers in postgraduate research, lecturing or teaching, theatre administration, the media and community arts.
The course can be taken on a full time or part time basis. The majority of taught sessions are held in the daytime with some evening sessions targeted at the part time students. There are additional optional weekend and holiday courses.
Sessions are programmed in the University’s well equipped performance studios where students have access to an extensive range of facilities and digital equipment. Student production work may also take place in partner theatre venues in the city.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will be expected to have reached a sufficient standard on admission to the course (e.g. IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element)

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Employer or self funded.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months


full time
6 months
part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Creative work25
Professional practice25
Dissertation25 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1905 855111