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MA Theatre Practice - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2022
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Creative Industries

Programme Directors Dr Rebecca Loukes MA Theatre Practice / Dr Erin Walcon MA Theatre Practice: (Applied Theatre)
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0300 555 6060 (UK)  
+44 (0)1392 723044 (non-UK)

Typical offer

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2:1 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • 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

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Programme Directors: Dr Rebecca Loukes (MA Theatre Practice) / Dr Erin Walcon (MA Theatre Practice: Applied Theatre)

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Discover MA Theatre Practice at the University of Exeter.

Develop transferable skills, specialist knowledge and professional experience through interdisciplinary teaching

1st in UK for Drama

Times Good University Guide 2022

Industry placement options

Opportunities for study in the field

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.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements


Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

The course has enabled me to explore new creative possibilities which I have never had access to before. The lecturers are incredibly supportive and highly knowledgeable practitioners who are passionate about the arts and its future possibilities for you as a student.

“Dance like nobodies watching” - Completely let go of anything you “think” you know and be prepared to open yourself up to every possibility and more. Don’t be afraid to try something out because everyone else will be feeling that same hesitancy too. 

I waited until the moment was right for me to jump into the unknown and do what I truly love. Having a “hidden disability” made me feel worried about “fitting in” or being “good enough” but it’s the best choice I have ever made and I have felt truly supported in my creative journey as an artist.

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MA Theatre Practice

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.

Students can choose to study either the standard pathway or the pathway in Applied Theatre.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The standard pathway nurtures the theatre scholar-practitioners of the future who are able to collaborate across a range of performance disciplines. The programme is ideal for anyone wishing to further practical and theoretical knowledge along with advanced research skills.

The programme appeals to those who have experience or interest in performer training, devising, cross-cultural theatre, live art, site-specific performance and contemporary adaptation, or theatre and performance research.

The programme is suitable for students with a range of backgrounds (theatre, drama, performance, live art, dance, theatre in education, producing, and related areas) and provides excellent skills and training for professional careers and PhD study.

The MA Theatre Practice (Applied Theatre) is a pathway in our established MA Theatre Practice programme, with which it shares core modules and a distinctive international perspective on performance practices.

Our MA Theatre Practice (Applied Theatre) pathway will prepare you for the growing area of professional practice that applies theatre as a tool in educational, community and social settings to bring about transformation and change. This distinctive, structured programme will provide you with a firm foundation in the theories and practices of applied theatre, building on real-life case studies drawn from both global contexts and local models of practice. Taught by scholars and practitioners at the forefront of the academic and professional discipline, the programme will cover work in the field of theatre and education; theatre and healthcare; theatre with the elderly; theatre in prisons and probation settings; theatre with and for community context; politics, popular theatre and advocacy; and theatre in areas of conflict.

Course variants

  • May suit you if you prefer to carry out an independent research project under the supervision of an academic
  • Assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words
  • Formal qualification without the long-term commitment of a PhD
  • Successful completion could lead to further doctoral research


2022/23 entry

UK fees per year:

£9,500 full-time; £4,750 part-time

International fees per year:

£20,000 full-time; £10,000 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* and Green Futures Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

Learning and teaching

The taught components of the MA Theatre Practice are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Teaching can take the form of discussion seminars, practical sessions, individual and group tutorials, and placement activities, depending on the module, and can include input from guest industry professionals.


Assessment is via a combination of seminar presentations, essays, continuous assessment, presentations of practice (only for practice options) and a written research project and dissertation (maximum 15,000 words).

Research areas

Drama at Exeter is an internationally renowned centre for practice, research and teaching. There are three research Centres in the department with wide-ranging and interdisciplinary research interests.


Our connections span the world and include conservatoires, universities and practice-based institutions. Our industry links are strong and we invite world leading practitioners and scholars to contribute to the MA. Our graduates have gone on to form such critically acclaimed companies as Theatre Alibi, Forced Entertainment and Punchdrunk.

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As one of the largest and best equipped Drama departments in the country we have excellent teaching and performance spaces.

The Drama Department is based on the Streatham campus. All of the practical spaces are for use only by Drama students, giving us a high degree of flexibility.

Alexander Building

The Alexander Building was custom-designed for Drama and was opened in 2007 to great acclaim. It houses the main reception for students, staff offices, 2 brand new sprung-floored studios, 3 additional studios, 2 seminar rooms, 2 sound studios, meeting rooms, computer suites, workshops and a large costume store. The postgraduate computer suite is accessible 24 hours.

White House

The White House is a mansion building containing many original architectural features, and now contains 3 large airy rehearsal spaces and staff offices.


The Roborough Studios provides three large fully-equipped adaptable studio spaces along with a seminar room and technical facilities, and is used for large scale performances and events as well as regular rehearsals and practical sessions.

More details are available on the Drama website.


A Masters degree in Drama from Exeter will provide you with a wide range of skills which will be useful in your future study or employment. Our students develop skills in researching, analysing and assessing sources, written and verbal communication, managing and interpreting information and developing ideas and arguments. There are a wide range of career options open to students including acting, directing, performing, teaching and technical roles. Graduates also find work in other very varied areas: website design, press relations, magazine editing, copywriting, account managing, national health practice, law and journalism.

Graduate destinations

Some destinations of graduates from Drama programmes are:

  • Actor/Performer/Freelance Artist
  • Assistant Editor
  • Associate Producer
  • Co-Artistic Director
  • Company Director
  • Costumier
  • Deputy Stage Manager
  • Drama Club Leader
  • Drama Therapist
  • Events and Entertainment
  • Graduate Account Executive
  • Head of Dance Department
  • Interior Designer
  • Lecturer
  • Marketing Assistant (Intern)
  • Organising Assistant, Live Performance Department
  • Post Production and Production Schedule Manager
  • Press and Marketing Manager
  • Production Assistant
  • Publishing Assistant
  • Radio Presenter
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Subject Leader for Dance
  • Teacher
  • Technical Support
  • Theatre Practitioner
  • Theatre Technician
  • TV Presenter
  • Youth Development Officer

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My course is the perfect progression, having studied at Exeter as an Undergraduate. The course has offered me the opportunity to develop as a practitioner and researcher, and has an excellent balance between practice and theory work.

The postgraduate community here at Exeter is hugely supportive, and I feel very lucky to be part of such a wide-ranging and fascinating community of researchers.

I have undertaken two extra-curricular internships within the Drama department – one working with Professor Jerri Daboo on her work for the British Asian Theatre Project; and second with Professor Rebecca Loukes for her theatre company RedCape Theatre.

I feel my course and overall experience at Exeter has contributed significantly towards my development professionally, and there are multiple pathways which I am considering – including professional work, or a PhD.

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MA Theatre Practice