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MA Drama and Theatre Education (X3C2)

Suitable For

This course is ideal for you if you are a drama educator in a school, college or a community and educational theatre setting. The expertise of the course tutors and their links with theatre and education companies will enable you to observe and engage in practical projects.

Course aims and Benefits

This course will help you to develop your practical skills and theoretical knowledge as drama educators, whether you are full or part-time, a home or international student - this course always has a fantastic student mix. The course is designed to reflect current developments in education and a broad range of theatre and drama work. There is a balance between the study and practice of drama as an academic and practical subject in schools and colleges and the use of drama for a wide range of personal and community purposes. The course of study provides a planned and structured programme, which is sufficiently flexible to respond to the needs of a wide range of pedagogic and cultural contexts.

Course structure

You will study four modules (30 CATS each) intended to develop your subject knowledge, pedagogical skills and understanding of drama’s cultural importance as well as its educational significance. The final element of your study will be a dissertation (60 CATS) with integrated research methods learning. This will be your individual research project, and you will receive one-to-one support from your academic supervisor.


You are encouraged to complete your Master’s with the four course-specific modules from within the drama and education field. Alternatively you can choose one option from our list of modules in Education Studies

Drama and Theatre Studies in Theory and Practice (30 CATS)

The Role of Story in Drama and Theatre Education (30 CATS)

Drama and Literacy (30 CATS)

Drama and Creative Learning (30 CATS) (not available 20/21)

Course Delivery and Learning Styles

All of the modules provide a balance between practical experience of a wide range of drama and theatre practices and a planned reading programme. The weekly sessions are built around practical workshops led by the programme tutors, invited guests, and students themselves. These workshop opportunities are designed to give students a hands-on experience of drama as well as methods and ideas for using drama and theatre in their own workplace.

Career Development

You are encouraged to develop a career plan based on successful completion of the course. Students on the MA Drama and Theatre Education can expect to develop sufficient skills and theoretical understanding to gain successful employment as drama specialists in schools, theatre education workers, advisers and lecturers in drama, education officers or community drama workers. Recent graduates from the MA have gained posts in drama and theatre education, become HE lecturers, gone on to train as teachers, or used the programme as a stepping stone to further study or promotion in their current workplace. A number of students have progressed onto doctoral study here at Warwick, sometimes with scholarships. Many students have also had work successfully published.

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Got a Question? Email our course leaders
Cheryl Cane

C dot Cane at warwick dot ac dot uk


Rachel Turner - King

Key Facts

Course duration
- 1 year full time
- Normally 2-5 years part-time

Study programme
- 4 drama modules (at least 3 must be taken from the drama and education options)
- Dissertation

- 4 assignments of 5000 words each
- Dissertation of 20,000 words

Entry requirements
Find out more about our entry requirements

 Watch a video about Rachel King's project with The Belgrade's Canley Youth Theatre

Learn more about a Storyknowing conference that Rachel King presented at and MA students attended