MA in Applied Theatre and Drama Studies

The programme examines those areas in which Drama and Theatre praxis and research, are linked to endeavours beyond formal theatre in theatre buildings: most frequently perhaps in education, development and social justice contexts.

Course convener: Dr Veronica Baxter,

Admission Requirements:

An honours degree in Drama/Theatre/Performance or a four-year degree of Honours equivalence.

In order to complete the MA Applied programme students must register for 4 courses, and the dissertation research course:

Core Courses, over 18 – 24 Months:

DRM5017H Applied Drama and Theatre Studies

The purpose of this component to provide knowledge, insight into, and the requisite written research skills useful to the field of Applied Drama and Theatre.

DRM5016H Applied Theatre Fieldwork

The purpose of this component is for the candidate to gain first-hand experience in the field. In the course of their studies, candidates will undertake at least one, and not more than two, ‘fieldwork’ practical projects, cognate to the selected research focus, and agreed upon by the supervisor and MA convenor.

DRM5010W Applied Drama and Theatre Studies (Research Dissertation)

Candidates will undertake and complete supervised research on an approved topic and field of research emerging from, and relevant to, their chosen focus which is likely to have emerged during the initial coursework year. This focus should be developed, to some extent, through study in all of the first year courses. Such studies may, at points, appear to be divergent but, as the year progresses, should reveal a common focus.

DRM5015H Applied Theatre Practice

The purpose of this component is to provide practical skills training and development necessary to the Applied Theatre practitioner, in the form of daily studio sessions.

Elective Courses:

DRM5014H Topics in Applied Theatre Studies

An area of study selected by the candidate is pursued with the approval of the course leader and Head of Department.


Candidates select any course offered by the Graduate School of Humanities which complements their study.