Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University

Drama Therapy

Students' studies 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 drama therapeutic relationship: they also work with music therapists in lectures and performance work, such as playback theatre. Experiential teaching focuses on students own dramatic autobiographical process, drama therapy theory, links between theory and practice, and bi-weekly experiential drama therapy groups. In these, students reflect upon their clinical experiences and the process of becoming a drama therapist: they will take part in clinical placements in 2 to 3 fields, under the supervision of qualified drama therapists. Placements could be in community settings, schools, hospitals or hospices, giving valuable experience of working in a multidisciplinary team and great preparation for employment.

Entry requirements

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); relevant motivation, maturity and ability to reflect on self in relation to others; 2 references are required; candidates for whom English is not a 1st language are expected to demonstrate a certified level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 at the time of entry; non-academic conditions: relevant motivation, maturity and ability to reflect on self in relation to others; 2 references; enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and occupational health clearance will be required; interview.

Course modules

Core modules in year 1 include: dramatherapy practical and clinical skills; music therapy and dramatherapy multi-disciplinary theoretical studies; clinical placements and experiential development 1. Core module in year 2 include: Clinical placements and experiential development 2; arts therapies major project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on essays; live presentations; practical tasks such as improvisation and performance; final piece of written work which involves clinical evaluation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,525 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Full-time £ 4,525 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge Campus Cambridge CB1 1PT East of England

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Anglia Ruskin University Applicant Enquiries Team
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