Arts and Culture: Theatre Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The one-year Master's programme Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam provides opportunities to acquire insight into the processes of theatrical creation and perception.

Aspects of theatre and performance are omnipresent in today's global community. Students of this programme study theatre in the broadest sense of the word, as a cultural phenomenon currently undergoing a process of globalisation. Theatre Studies provides a wide range of opportunities for acquiring insight into processes of theatrical creation and perception, as well as aspects of theatricality both within and across cultures. The courses are organised around five themes: Theatre and Globalization, Theatre and History, Theatre and Society, Theatre Analysis, and Performance and Performativity. Students can also prepare a performance together with students of the Professional Master's in Dramaturgy. In this practical course, students cooperate with fellow students on staging a play. This project enables students to acquire first-hand experience regarding what happens when a text becomes a performance (including the potential problems associated with this process). Theatre Studies is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA).


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

The Master's programme in Theatre Studies yields 60 ECTS credits: 40 credits for electives and 20 credits for a Master's thesis.

The specific number of coursework a student is required to obtain through coursework is determined by the admissions committee and is based on the student's previous qualifications. Fulfilment of all the requirements will take at least one year.

Courses and performance

Each student chooses four elective courses, enabling them to focus on either:

  • Theatre and History
  • Theatre and Society
  • Performance and Theatre Analysis
  • Theories of Theatre, Performance and Performativity

Students can also prepare a performance together with students of the Professional Master's in Dramaturgy. In this practical course, students cooperate with fellow students on staging a play. This project enables students to acquire first-hand experience regarding what happens when a text becomes a performance (including the potential problems associated with this process).


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser(s).

Degree requirements

The Theatre Studies Master's programme is the English version of the UvA's Dutch-taught programme in Theaterwetenschap. Students who successfully complete this programme receive a Master's degree in Theaterwetenschap and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a Regular or Professional Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a Research Master's programme. Once students are admitted to the Research Master's programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The examination committee determines which courses qualify for transfer.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

Language test: All non-native speakers must submit an English Language Proficieny Test.

Previous education: The Master's in Theatre Studies is open to all students with a Bachelor's diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university in: * Theatre Studies * Cultural Studies* * Art History* * Musicology* * Media and Culture* * Media and Information (Cultural Information Science)* * The Humanities* * Only, however, if a prospective student followed a Minor in Theatre Studies worth 30 ECTS-credits (to be judged by the Examinations Board).

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: A2
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: B1
  • IELTS overall band: 7
  • TOEFL internet based: 100

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 14700 International
  • EUR 1984 EU/EEA


Scholarships / Grants:

The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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The Erasmus programme is a component of the European programme 'LifeLong Learning' from the European Commission for mobility of higher education in Europe. An Erasmus scholarship covers a period of 3-12 months. Only students or graduates from educational institutions can take part in the programme.
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European Commission:
Erasmus Mundus is a new programme of the European Commission. Its aim is to improve the quality of European higher education through joint master's degree programmes offered by partner institutions in the member states.
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The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (Ford-IFP) provides opportunities to exceptional individuals for advanced study. If you are a resident of an eligible IFP country and would like to study in Europe, Nuffic can act as a placement partner for you.
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