M.A. Theatre Studies

University of Surrey

Application deadline: Teaching assistantship 31 May. Self-funded students 30 June
Tuition fee:
  • € 5,704 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,020 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MA Theatre Studies will provide you with the methods and professional frameworks for understanding current theatre practices. It will develop analytic and cultural perspectives on theatre performance that are relevant to the creative industries in their global and national contexts.

The programme builds upon the established reputation of the Department of Dance, Film and Theatre in providing high-quality graduate education. In addition, you will benefit from the University´s collaboration with the Guildford School of Acting. The programme provides opportunities for studies in site- and body-based work, performance analysis and professional engagement.

In addition to recent graduates, it is also suitable for those who already have some experience in the field as practitioners, educators or policy makers. It offers an applied and professional focus and you will be encouraged to pursue specialist strands of research, including professional placements, archival research and international projects.

Surreys proximity to London provides ideal opportunities for interaction with theatre in the city. This degree is aimed at those wishing to extend their academic and professional understanding of theatre.


Compulsory modules

* Theatre Research Methodologies
* Performing Theories
* Theatrical Dramaturgy

Optional modules

* Culture, Power and Difference
* Professional Internship
* Site-specific Performance
* London Casebook


* Normally a UK First or Upper Second class honours degree or equivalent, preferably in theatre, English or related arts subjects.
* Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


The Arts and Humanities Research Council offers a variety of studentships to support research and taught postgraduate students in the field of performing arts. The University and the Department offer a limited number of teaching assistantships. Information about the latter is available from the Department at interview.

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