Tuition fee:
  • € 5,273 / Year (EEA)
  • € 6,390 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This course provides you with professional training in dramatherapy, with an emphasis on clinical placements and an introduction to various dramatherapy approaches. Alongside our well-established MA Music Therapy (through separate and some shared teaching) our course aims to train suitable, experienced practitioners at Masters level, adhering to professional standards. It will qualify you to work as a dramatherapist and successful candidates will be eligible for registration with the Health Professions Council.
You will be expected to involve yourself in self-reflection in small and large group activities, lectures, and dramatic activity through role play, myths, storytelling, autobiographical improvisation, case discussion and theoretical analysis. A significant component of experiential learning is through tutorials and supervision groups, embracing a central teaching style. Clinical placements are key to the experience.
You will benefit from learning about the most recent effective dramatherapy approaches with adults and children. Connections between the body and mind will be emphasised and you will draw on your previous training/experience in theatre, drama and the clinical field. Through this experience you will learn about how dramatherapists create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional and social changes.
Dramatherapy uses working and playing actively to facilitate imagination, creativity, learning, insight and growth. Teaching includes:

* improvisation/role play skills in small groups
* focus on own dramatic autobiographical process
* dramatherapy theory
* links between theory and practice
* block clinical placements in at least three fields, including in the community, schools, hospitals, and hospices
* university-based small supervision groups
* clinical supervision by qualified therapists at clinical placements
* experience within multidisciplinary teams
* weekly experiential dramatherapy groups where you will reflect upon their clinical experiences and upon the process of becoming a dramatherapist
* supervision and teaching by leading researchers in the field, to prepare for the Major Project/dissertation in the second year. The dissertation may be research or more clinically oriented, depending on your choice.


Module guide
Core modules

* Dramatherapy Practical and Clinical Skills
* Dramatherapy Multi-Disciplinary Theoretical Studies
* Clinical Placements and Experiential Development
* Dramatherapy Theoretical/Major Project Year 2

Assessment takes place against clear criteria and learning outcomes which you will be made aware of and prepared for. Assessed activities range from formal essay-writing to experiential learning, group learning, clinical improvisation and fieldwork, including clinical placements. You will also be assessed through self-analysis and reflection, in discussion with your personal tutor.


Course convenor:
Dr Ditty Dokter


Usually a good/ 2:1 honours degree classification (or equivalent) or equivalent in drama, performing arts or a related subject. Evidence of sustained engagement with drama in a variety of forms (theatre, movement, performance). Minimum of 1 year or equivalent clinical/field work experience preferably with children or adults working in a caring capacity including in teaching, social work, mental health and community drama. Relevant motivation, maturity and ability to reflect on self in relation to others. Two references are required. Candidates for whom English is not a first language will be expected to demonstrate a certified level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent at time of entry reaching 7 by the end of training. Non-Academic Conditions: CRB Checks required, Interviews, Occupational Health clearance required. Non-Academic Conditions: CRB Checks required, Interviews, Occupational Health clearance required

As this is professional therapy training, all short listed applicants are expected to attend for the interview which includes experiential dramatherapy group-work with other candidates in addition to an individual interview and group discussion with lecturers. These are considered vital to the assessment of the candidate's suitability and readiness for training, as well as allowing the candidate to experience something of the teaching methods of the course and consider whether it is appropriate for them.
PreparationPlease be ready to improvise and work in drama workshops as directed on the day, and to discuss your motivation and expectations of becoming a dramatherapist.
Video conference interviewIn exceptional cases, for applicants who live in countries a long distance away, we may consider a video conference interview. This will only be offered if you give clear reasons why it is impossible to attend the interview/audition. You should note that video conference interviews can only be offered if you have professional video conferencing equipment at your disposal.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 8.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 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)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

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.

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