M.A. Dramatherapy

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • GBP5850 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP4600 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Get professional training in dramatherapy, and qualify to work as a dramatherapist. On successful completion, you値l be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK. Our emphasis on clinical placements and range of dramatherapy approaches will prepare you for work in the arts therapies.



Through lectures, practical workshops, case discussions and theoretical studies, this course will introduce you to a range of approaches to dramatherapy. You値l 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. You値l 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, you値l reflect upon your clinical experiences and the process of becoming a dramatherapist.

You値l 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, you値l 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.

  • As a qualified dramatherapist you値l be able to work in many different areas, such as the NHS, social services, education, 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.
  • You値l 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.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • GBP5850 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP4600 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

  • Dramatherapy Practical and Clinical Skills
  • Music Therapy and Dramatherapy Multi-Disciplinary Theoretical Studies
  • Clinical Placements and Experiential Development
  • Therapies Major Project

English Language Requirements


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  • Usually a good 2.1 honours degree classification (or equivalent) in drama, performing arts or a related subject. Evidence of sustained engagement with drama in a variety of forms (theatre, movement, performance). Relevant motivation, maturity and ability to reflect on self in relation to others. Two references, DBS Enhanced Level check and Occupational Health clearance will be required.

  • 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.

  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 (Academic level with no individual score being lower than 6.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

  • To receive an offer of a place on this course you must be successful at interview.

As this is professional therapy training, if you池e shortlisted we'll ask you to attend an interview that will include experiential dramatherapy group work with other candidates, as well as an individual interview and discussion with lecturers. This will allow us to consider your suitability and readiness for training, but also give you the chance to experience some of the teaching methods we use on our course and decide whether they池e appropriate for your needs.


For the interview and audition, you値l need to be ready to improvise and work in drama workshops as directed on the day, and to discuss your motivation for, and expectations of, becoming a dramatherapist.

Video conference interview

In exceptional cases, we may consider interviewing you by video conference. You値l only be offered this if you give clear reasons why it痴 impossible for you to attend the interview and audition, and if you have access to professional video conferencing equipment.

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