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European Theatre MA (Canterbury & Paris)

Course Description

This taught MA programme offers a unique opportunity to study the multi-faceted nature of contemporary European theatre. It is associated with the European Theatre Research Network (ETRN), the renowned Kent-based research centre dedicated to the study of non-English continental European theatre.

On this programme you will study one term in Canterbury and another term in Paris.

The notion of ‘dramaturgy’, this unique concept and practice characteristic of European theatre work, serves as our central lens from which we explore creative practices and processes in contemporary European theatre, theatre systems, performance aesthetics, and their histories. You become familiar with current conceptual and theoretical paradigms of European theatre, from mise en scène to the postdramatic theatre and the links of European theatre with European philosophy from Plato to Alain Badiou. You also receive a thorough grounding in research methodologies.

You have the opportunity to work alongside the ETRN’s leading researchers, such as Patrice Pavis, Hans-Thies Lehmann, Paul Allain, Peter M Boenisch, and others, and to hear about their current, ongoing research. We make full use of Canterbury’s geographical location between London and the Continent, offering theatre visits and excursions, and also making use of the University’s campuses in Paris and Brussels.

This programme enables you to study in Canterbury in the autumn term and in Paris in the spring term. The modules in Paris are designed to be specifically relevant to the experience of living and studying in Paris. These are taught by staff from the University of Kent and occasional guest lecturers, ensuring consistent academic standards and assessment throughout the year. You are encouraged to make full use of Paris’ cultural resources, especially of the vibrant theatre scene, and to integrate these into your studies. University of Kent staff are resident in Paris during the spring term to ensure year-long continuity of academic guidance and pastoral support.

Possible modules may include:

European Theatre and Dramaturgy (compulsory)
Mise en Scène: Aesthetics and Dramaturgies of European Theatre (Paris compulsory)
Theatre Practises: Paris Casebook (option)
Other options include: Creative Producing and Dramaturgy, Theatre Criticism, Theories of Art in Modern French thought, a language module, and modules from the University of Kent at Paris programme.
Teaching and Assessment
Assessment is through a variety of written work and verbal presentations. This includes academic essays, in-class research presentations, contributions to workshops, portfolios of critical writing, and performance analysis. It also includes an assessed project proposal towards a prospective PhD project which could be your starting point for applying for doctorate scholarship.

The final dissertation requires you to research an individual project in depth, and to present its findings in writing and in a conference-style presentation.

This programme is also available at Canterbury only or full-time at Paris.

Visit the European Theatre MA (Canterbury & Paris) page on the University of Kent, Paris website for more details!

Student Profiles

The University of Kent, Paris Taught MA Scholarship Fund - No. of awards TBC

The University of Kent, Paris is pleased to announce a scholarship fund worth £25,000 for taught Master’s students studying during the academic year 2016/17.Please find below the conditions and criteria of the scholarship fund and how to apply

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £5,000


- The scholarship fund is open to applicants who have been offered a place on any of the Kent, Paris MA programmes for the academic year starting in September 2016, whether split-site (Canterbury and Paris) or Paris only.- It is open only to applicants intending to study full-time.- UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are all eligible.- Candidates will be assessed on academic excellence, and will usually hold by July 2016 a first-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, or hold by July 2016 an equivalent non-UK qualification or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Usually an upper second-class honours degree or better, in a relevant humanities subject. Applications from candidates who have not followed a conventional education path or who may have relevant experience in the industry will be considered on an individual basis.

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