Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Through lectures, practical workshops, case discussions and theoretical studies, this course will introduce you to a range of approaches to dramatherapy. Youll reflect on your own practice in group discussions, and be supported by an extensive programme of tutorials and supervisions.

Your studies will focus on intercultural practice, attachment/mother-infant observation and the understanding of how past relationships manifest in current client difficulties and how they can be worked with through the dramatherapeutic relationship. Youll also work with music therapists in lectures and performance work, such as Playback Theatre. Our experiential teaching will focus on your own dramatic autobiographical process, dramatherapy theory, links between theory and practice, and bi-weekly experiential dramatherapy groups. In these, youll reflect upon your clinical experiences and the process of becoming a dramatherapist.

Youll take part in clinical placements under the supervision of qualified dramatherapists, preparing you for employment in many different settings. These placements will take place in two to three fields, including community settings, schools, hospitals and hospices, providing you with experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.

Supported by our team of practising and research-active music therapists, youll have access to the latest and most effective dramatherapy approaches with both adults and children, as well as to the best advice for your future career.


Core modules

Year one:

·Dramatherapy Practical and Clinical Skills

·Music Therapy and Dramatherapy Multi-Disciplinary Theoretical Studies

·Clinical Placements and Experiential Development (1)

Year two:

·Clinical Placements and Experiential Development (2)

·Arts Therapies Major Project

NB The modules that include 'Music therapy' cover content from both courses, but where techniques and approaches are specific to each profession you will be taught separately. On more generic subjects, such as psychoanalytic studies, psychiatry and psychology, you will work together.


As a qualified dramatherapist youll be able to work in many different areas, such as the NHS, social services, the education sector or community projects. You may also choose to work privately, or on a freelance basis, with a client base from prisoners to children with learning difficulties.

Successful completion of this course will allow you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council - a legal requirement for practising dramatherapists in the UK.

Youll also benefit from our links with the British Association of Dramatherapists and other allied health professions, and practitioners, such as psychotherapists, arts therapists and psychiatrists.


Course Leader:
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, if youre short-listed youll be asked to attend an interview that will include experiential dramatherapy group-work with other candidates, as well as an individual interview and discussion with lecturers. These will allow us to consider your suitability and readiness for training, but also give you the chance to experience some of the teaching methods used on the course and decide whether theyre appropriate for your needs.PreparationFor the interview and audition, youll need to be ready to improvise and work in drama workshops as directed on the interview day, and to discuss your motivation and expectations of becoming a dramatherapist.

Video conference interview

In exceptional cases, if you live in a country a long distance away, we may consider interviewing you over video conference. Youll only be offered this if you give clear reasons why its impossible for you to attend the interview/audition, and if you have professional video conferencing equipment available to you.

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 (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.

180 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) 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. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

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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