Available for January start

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£680 per 20 credits* (2019/20)

International fee

£14,250 for the full programme (2019/20)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MA

Start dates

January, September

Location

Derby Theatre

Course description

Applied Theatre refers to the practice of theatre and drama in non-traditional settings and/or with marginalised communities. It encompasses theatre practices which tackle areas of social and cultural policy such as public health, education, housing, social welfare, and the care system. 

This course provides a specialist route for graduates who wish to develop as educational practitioners using theatre and drama. 

Derby Theatre
The UK's unique professional, producing and learning theatre 

Study alongside professionals at Derby Theatre, owned by the University of Derby: the first Learning Theatre; recognised regionally, nationally and internationally as a pioneering venue. 

As a Learning Theatre, Derby Theatre provides a unique opportunity for students to learn to their craft by working alongside both academics and theatre professionals in the heart of a professional producing theatre, to develop your skills in technical theatre or performance. 

A Learning Theatre is a place where students, academics and artists are working, creating and learning side by side. All decisions about the development of both the art and the learning opportunities are made together. At every stage, there is huge potential in the crucible of the arts, learning and research combining to both underpin and inform our future work.  

Derby Theatre provides an extraordinary platform for real life learning to take place, not only through the exciting main stage and studio programmes, but also through the work that the Theatre does with young people, young people in care, emerging artists and the community. Graduates of the programme can also be supported by our Artist Development Programme, In Good Company, which is part of a large regional funding programme. 

Applied Theatre and Education students taking part in a performance for a group of school children
A group of male and female performers wearing utilitarian uniforms protest on stage in a theatre production
Two smiling females dressed smartly in black and white office wear are sitting down to enjoy a lively conversation
Two males dressed in school uniforms sit on a bed while one is looking to have harsh words with the other

What you will study

Throughout this course you will study a range of core modules, and during your first term of study you will have the opportunity to tailor your studies through taking optional education modules. Modules on offer include Special Educational Needs (SEND), Comparative Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). 

Core modules

  • Applied Theatre Context (Work-based Learning)
  • Crafting your Masters Study
  • Performance Practice as Research
  • Applying Educational Thinkers and Theorists in Practice
  • Major Project: Independent Study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

The sessions are designed to be interactive, utilising a variety of teaching and learning strategies such as lectures, seminar discussions and ‘hands on’ practical activities related to theatre and education. Working alongside industry professionals, you will gain a wide range of skills and understanding over and above the course content e.g. fundraising and marketing. 

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How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through both written and practical assessments, which could include essays, portfolios, performances, workshops and presentations.

Entry requirements

You will normally be expected to have a first degree appropriate to apply for the MA (minimum 2:2 or above), or a professional qualification of equal standing, or significant practical or professional experience gained following your initial qualification that would support your application. You will also be invited to an interview as part of the application process to ensure that this is the right course for you, and to demonstrate your prior or ongoing practical experience in the field, whether this may be paid or voluntary.

If English is not your first language, you'll also need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£680 per 20 credits*

£680 per 20 credits*

International

£14,250 for the full programme

N/A

*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

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International student scholarship

We're offering a £2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students studying a full-time postgraduate taught programme (PGT). Terms and conditions apply.

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How to apply

Careers

Graduates of this programme are prepared for careers in a range of private and public sector opportunities for example: As creative learning officers in theatres, museums and other community-based organisations; education directors and managers for cultural organisations; facilitators of youth theatres and other projects; health and wellbeing theatre specialists; freelance practitioners working in a wide range of settings including schools, prisons and the care system. Graduates will develop a sense of confidence as artists, facilitators, project managers and those that will help develop arts policy of the future.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.