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Theatre Practice MA

University of Exeter    College of Humanities

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

About the course


  • Pursue your practice and research interests in performance through a pathway-structured programme which allows you to specialise in particular aspects of theatre practice
  • Focus on international performance, performer training and contemporary theatre-making in our standard pathway, or on making performance in educational, community and social contexts within our ‘Applied Theatre’ pathway
  • Study a broad range of cutting-edge theatre practices taught by specialists and develop advanced skills ideal for creating independent work and building creative communities
  • Extend your practice, sharpen your critical skills and learn to contextualise your work culturally and politically
  • Join a community of researchers, students and practitioners who are passionate about theatre’s role in society

Course content

The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

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Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree, or international equivalent in Drama on a relevant subject.

Practical and/or professional experience may be taken as constituting the equivalent of a degree qualification.

Applicants are also required to meet our English language requirements. Please see our website for details.

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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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