Theatre Practice (By Negotiated Study) MA

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 3 Years

2019/20 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £2,535 per year of study
Course start January, September
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  • The only postgraduate MA in Theatre Practice in Negotiated Learning based within a drama department in the UK and drawing on the expertise of the departmental staff who have extensive professional theatre industry experience as actors, designers, directors and teachers.
  • Use and develop your own practice as case studies.
  • You design the content of assignments and you are encouraged that reflects current industry practice.
  • A flexibility of study to fit around busy working lives.
  • Work with theatre industry mentors.
  • Postgraduate loans now available

Course outline

The MA is specifically designed for theatre practitioners to develop critical and creative skills in a supportive environment leading to a postgraduate qualification.

Using, reflecting and building on your own practice, you will develop your own learning trajectory throughout the programme in order for you to nurture your own creativity and innovation, and develop key skills in your own area. You will have the chance to develop your own critical and creative skills either through our mentor approach or through time on campus at various points in the year. Our tutors come from the theatre industry and are aware of the challenges that undertaking postgraduate study can present and flexibility is built into the fabric of the MA.

At the heart of this award, your personal and career development will be placed centre stage, supporting your growth as a theatre practitioner whether you are new to your profession or have a wealth of professional experience.

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Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits in your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,115.00 per year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.”


Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,609 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won’t have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

For more information and how to apply click here.



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Course content

The award consists of a series of core modules, which allow you to design and negotiate the content of the assignments so that you can tailor your award to meet your specific career goals.

Compulsory modules

Approaches to Flexible Learning
Introduces you to negotiated learning and allows you to develop your chosen learning pathway via the development of a Learning Contract. Here you map out initial plans for the negotiated modules that will compile your award.

Research Methods
Prepares you to undertake research activity focusing upon the different and often diverse ways of collecting primary information on a chosen area.

Creative Industries Professional Practice
This module will give you a grounding in the specific requirement of professional theatre practice. The content of the assessment work is decided by you and you will be expected to demonstrate research into a specific subject area and work undertaken should be evidenced with testing, reflection and critical evaluation.

Negotiated Learning Modules, including a final Masters Project
Allow you to develop work-based theatre projects within your chosen area of specialism. They may be taken from ‘real life’ situations your are engaging with in your working life, or they may be new areas of development you wish to explore in your professional practice. Our expert staff are on hand to mentor you through these development and delivery of these modules.

The negotiated modules culminate in a final Masters Project, which may be presented in the form of a traditional dissertation, or a mixture of practical and reflective report elements. You are supported throughout these modules by close guidance from staff.

Entry requirements

An Undergraduate Honours degree of a United Kingdom institution of higher education (graded 2.2 or above) or the international equivalent.
A minimum score of IELTS examinations passed at WLTS 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.
In addition we would also accept non-standard applicants who have considerable relevant professional experience and/or a record of academic achievement. 


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