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Drama and Theatre Education (MA) (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-X30C
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 to 5 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


Drama and Theatre Education MA will develop your practical skills and theoretical knowledge as a drama educator. Warwick's Centre for Education offers a programme involving teaching from an internationally renowned expert in drama and theatre education.


Designed to help develop your practical skills and theoretical knowledge of drama education, this MA is aimed at practitioners working in both schools and colleges, and community and educational theatre settings. There is a balance between the study and practice of drama as a subject in schools/colleges, and the wider use of drama for personal and community purposes. Teaching is built around practical workshops, which give you hands-on experience of drama, as well as providing ideas and techniques for use in your own workplace. A suite of modules unique to this course is designed to reflect current developments in education and a broad range of theatre and drama work.


Core Modules

  • Research Methods and Dissertation (with a Drama Education focus)

Optional Modules

It is strongly recommended that all four optional drama modules are taken. However, one alternative module can be taken with the course leader's permission.

  • Drama and Creative Learning
  • Drama and Literacy
  • The Role of Story in Drama and Theatre Education
  • Drama and Theatre in Theory and Practice

This course provides practical experience of a wide range of drama and theatre practices. The weekly practical workshops are run by Module Leaders, invited guests, and students themselves. These workshops give you hands-on experience of drama as well as methods and ideas for using drama and theatre in your workplace. The core modules on this course are assessed through a combination of essays and performances. You’ll also complete a dissertation based on an individual research project, with support from a member of academic staff. You will have 9 hours core contact time in Autumn and Spring Term plus rehearsal time and regular trips to local schools and theatres and guest lectures and performances throughout the year.

Skills from this degree

  • Pedagogic, management and artistic skills you need to be an effective teacher and practitioner in drama
  • Construct a framework for the effective delivery of a drama curriculum in your own professional context. This includes progression, assessment and course design
  • Complete a small scale research project into an aspect of your professional work
  • Understand the place of drama in the current National Curriculum Orders. Be able to devise policies and strategies for the implementation of drama
  • Be able to draw on contemporary theory, practice and criticism in the field of theatre and evaluate its relevance to drama education
  • Understand the theoretical and practical relationships between drama in education and other genres of theatre; particularly community theatre and Theatre in Education

Minimum requirements 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


10% Alumni Discount Scheme
If you are a Graduate of the University of Warwick and are of home or overseas fee status, you will be able to access a 10% tuition fee discount on this course.

Graduate Award Scheme 2020
We want to reward our loyal students and graduates of Warwick during a time like no other. We are introducing our prestigious Warwick Graduate Award Scheme for 2020 entry. You could be eligible for 30% off tuition fees. You will be automatically considered if you apply and accept your place by 31 July 2020.

Additional Course Costs

You may wish to undertake some research with children or young people that may require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check or a Certificate of Good Conduct for students from outside of the UK. A DBS check costs around £70 and a Certificate of Good Conduct can vary in price.

There may be some theatre trips or visits to schools that will incur a small cost but these are not compulsory

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.


Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Academy 360; Ark Schools; British Council; Department of Education; E-Act; Oxfordshire County Council; PricewaterhouseCoopers and Royal Academy of Engineering. They have pursued roles such as: actors, entertainers and presenters; business, research and administrative professionals; chief executives and senior officials; education advisers and school inspectors; further education teaching professionals and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers in Education
  • Careers with Children and Young People
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.