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MA - Physical Acting

University of Kent    School of Arts

Full time September MA 1 Year Full Time

About the course

This taught Master's explores physical training for actors and performance practice. Based on an intensive, sustained and sophisticated engagement with this specialist aspect of theatre practice, the programme gives you the opportunity to work as individual practitioners and as an ensemble.

The programme explores:

  • physical and vocal training processes for actors
  • acting processes for performers
  • autonomous and collaborative practice
  • interdisciplinary approaches

It also equips you with the ability to document research practices in an appropriate form that is viewed as an integral part of the process and outcomes of this MA.

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Entry Requirements

A lower second class honours degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent, usually in a relevant humanities subject.

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 your application portal.

For 2022, in response to the challenges caused by Covid-19 we will consider applicants either holding or projected a 2:2. This response is part of our flexible approach to admissions whereby we consider each student and their personal circumstances.


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Where is University of Kent


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Student Profile(s)

Katharine Hardman

This MA helped me to grow as both an actor and theatre maker. In focusing on solo performance you can learn so much about what you can give as a performer and where you can develop - the staff are attentive and invested in this as well. Training is extremely important for any performer and the course provides the skills to go on and create work that challenges and excites.

Katharine Hardman, Co-Artistic Director Entita Theatre

Sami Saad

The Physical Acting MA was an exceptional learning experience both academically and practically. I learnt a lot about body movement, energy, and rhythm. Because of this I am now starting my own physical theatre company which is the first in my country.


The scholarship will be awarded to applicants able to demonstrate how they have contributed creatively towards their subject area (Drama, Film or History of Art) in recent years.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000 towards tuition fees


The Jarman Scholarship will provide £1,000 towards tuition fees and is open to home and overseas applicants from any country who have received an offer of a place on one of our MA programmes by 26 May 2019.

Application Procedure

In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants must demonstrate in no more than 400 words how they have contributed creatively towards their subject area in recent years. Examples of ways in which you may have contributed creatively towards your subject area:

- organising/participating in events outside of your undergraduate degree programme
- blogging or making YouTube films
- delivering a talk on subject area
- community work carried out in the Arts field
- newspaper/letter activities, etc.

Applicants must email artsmarketing@kent.ac.uk with their name, application ID, programme of study, scholarship they wish to apply for, supporting statement outlined above, and country by 26 May 2019.

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