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MA Theatre Practice

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2021

Programme Director Dr Konstantinos Thomaidis 
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Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Creative Industries


  • Extend your practice, sharpen your critical skills and learn to contextualise your work culturally and politically
  • Study a broad range of practices including performing, devising, cross-cultural theatre, live art, site-specific performance and contemporary adaption, within a vibrant research environment
  • Develop advanced compositional critical and management skills for creating independent work and building creative communities, whether you wish to pursue a career as a theatre maker, creative producer, an academic or an educator
  • As one of the largest and best equipped Drama departments in the country, we are a community of researchers, students and practitioners who are passionate about theatre’s role in society

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

Top 5 Drama department in UK

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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

  • Pearson

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.

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.

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


2021/22 entry

UK fees per year:

£9,200 full-time

International fees per year:

£19,400 full-time


January 2021 entry

UK/EU fees per year:

£8,750 full-time

International fees per year:

£18,500 full-time


The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

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. Modules are taught in seminar groups, with lots of time for discussion and interaction. In seminars you will be expected to take part in debate and present your work.


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 European, American, Australian, Indian and Indonesian universities and practice-based institutions. Our students have benefited from collaborations with organisations such as Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as local and national theatre companies, hospitals, prisons and schools. Our industry links are strong and our graduates have gone on to form such critically acclaimed companies as Theatre Alibi, Forced Entertainment and Punchdrunk.

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I joined the University of Exeter in 2017 after twelve years at Aberystwyth University, where I was a core member of the team that made Aberystwyth an internationally renowned centre for Performance Studies.

I have published on contemporary performance practice, the history of performance art in a British context, performance historiography and archiving, performance and ecology, and performance as a mode of knowledge formation and dissemination.

My current research focusses on the historiography of early performance art. The work was funded by a Large Research Grant from the British Arts and Humanities Research Council AHRC (2009-2011) and won the UK’s Theatre and Performance Research Association TaPRA David Bradby Award for Outstanding Research in International Theatre and Performance 2011. I am currently working on a book arising from the enquiry with the working title When Yoko Ono did not come to Wales - Locating the early history of Performance Art.

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Professor Heike Roms

Professor in Theatre and Performance


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