Theatre and Global Development, M.A.

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Offered by the Workshop Theatre and Centre for Global Development, this unique Theatre and Global Development degree at the University of Leeds will give you the skills to become a practical theatre facilitator, as well as an understanding of global development issues and their impact on the social uses of performance.


Core modules will develop your understanding of development studies, theatre and performance in the community. You’ll even get to complete a placement delivering workshops in a community setting such as a school or prison. In addition, you’ll choose from optional modules offered by our School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), allowing you to specialise in aspects of development studies that suit your interests or career plans.

You’ll be taught by leading researchers and experienced theatre practitioners in state-of-the-art facilities, but you’ll also get out of the classroom and into the community. It’s a great opportunity to prepare for a career in development and the arts, in the UK or elsewhere.

Career opportunities

The Theatre and Global Development degree from the University of Leeds will equip you with a wide range of knowledge and skills that are valuable in a range of roles within and beyond the development and theatre spheres. You’ll gain practical skills in areas such as workshop planning and delivery as well as an understanding of theory and practice in development studies and theatre, and even advanced skills in research, communication and analysis that are attractive to employers.

Graduates have an excellent track record in finding employment with community arts and development organisations in the UK and worldwide. You’ll gain the skills to launch a career in fields such as community and development theatre facilitation, project leadership and management, theatre making, administration and education among many others.

Programme Structure

Course content

From the beginning of the programme, you’ll explore applied arts practice by engaging with the work of thinkers such as Edward Said, Paulo Freire, Dorothy Heathcote and more to consider issues such as empowerment, training and funding, impact and sustainability. You’ll also gain an understanding of key issues and concepts in development studies through a core module that runs all year long.

In your second semester you’ll have the chance to start applying all you’ve learned, when you’ll arrange an external placement to plan and deliver a series of workshops for a local community organisation of your choice.

Throughout the year you’ll also study a core module that develops your research skills and introduces you to the different methodologies and approaches in researching theatre and development. This will culminate in your dissertation, an independently researched project on a related topic of your choice which you’ll submit by the end of the year.

Learning and teaching

Because this degree is so diverse, we use a range of teaching and learning methods. Theatre modules will include weekly seminars and workshops conducted in small groups, practical sessions with a range of practitioners and your own community theatre placement. Development modules usually combine lectures and seminars, as well as chances to enhance your learning with the research seminars and talks by visiting speakers we arrange throughout the year.


We also use various forms of assessment to help you develop a broad skill set. Most MA modules are assessed with a single essay, and you may be expected to submit an unassessed essay to gain feedback on your work. Other modules are likely to assess you based on your placement, portfolio, practical work and assignments.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
  • A bachelor degree with 2:1 (Hons) in theatre, development or a related subject. Professional experience may also be considered.
International qualifications
  • We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Tuition Fee


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