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Course content

Create fictional worlds and use everyday situations to tell stories through the mediums of drama and creative writing in order to inspire young people, spark their imaginations and aid their social and emotional development.

By studying literary texts, performance pedagogy and theatre in education, you will develop innovative approaches to the teaching of drama and creative writing in a range of educational and community settings. You will challenge young learners to create powerful and transformative imaginary worlds to spark their creativity.

This course will help you to become a creative educator, who places students at the centre of their learning through the creation of lived-through drama experiences, cultivating a fertile ground for your creative writing and a supportive environment in which young people will feel encouraged to also write creatively.

Working with an experienced team of published educators and theatre-based organisations in Leeds, you will develop the confidence and skills to work with and inspire young people.

You will also have the opportunity to study an option module from one of our other masters courses.


Academic staff from the course are engaged in a number of research projects linked to this course. One current project focuses on teachers using drama to engage children in writing. You can read more about the project by clicking here, and by visiting The Conversation website.

Core modules

  • Making Drama
  • Creative Writing Pedagogies
  • Drama & Creative Writing in Practice
  • Major Project in an Educational Setting

Option modules

  • Literature & Childhood
  • Drama for Social Change
  • Journeys & Discoveries
  • Social History of Education
  • The Festival Project
  • Coaching & Mentoring

Job prospects

If you are already working in a school, this course will enhance your practice and will support your professional development. You could also use this course as preparation for one of our PGCE teacher training programmes. If you are interested in forging a career outside of the classroom, it will give you the skill set to work in other creative settings. It will enhance your creative writing skills and you could find employment in children's centres or with professional theatre companies.Education officer

  • Play / Youth worker
  • English / Drama teacher
  • Outreach officer

Visit the Drama & Creative Writing in Education - MA page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!




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