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About the course

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.

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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 similar subject. 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. An interview may be required as part of the application process.

For full information, including English language requirements and international equivalencies, please see the relevant programme page found in the postgraduate section of our website.

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Sonna Cadman

I have a vocational background, coming from actor training at drama school, and I specifically sought researcher training in drama at Masters level in order to prepare for doctoral study. The University of Exeter offers a unique course which, for this reason alone (initially) identified Exeter as my only choice for postgraduate study; I applied with the support of my head of acting from drama school, who, after examining the course structure and individual modules I would take, agreed it was the most appropriate place to offer me the researcher training I desired.

The best thing about being a postgraduate at Exeter, for me, is that I am on the only course that could offer me exactly what I sought from a Masters in preparation for doctoral study, in an exceptional faculty, surrounded by creative practice and creative research. I have the privilege of learning from brilliant, generous, passionate and supportive lecturers, who are also responsible for building such an exceptional department.


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