University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Applied Theatre

The programme introduces practitioners to a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods with which to reflect critically and constructively on their professional practice; the programme is taught within a learning environment and methodology informed by the principles of reflective practice, action or practice-based research and enquiry-based learning.

Entry requirements

A Master's degree in Drama, Theatre Studies, Applied Theatre or related subject, or a Bachelors degree (1st or 2.1 Honours); evidence of a competent level of professional expertise in one or more contexts relevant to applied theatre (arts, education, criminal justice, health, museums and heritage sites, children/youth/community work, international development); professional experience must be equivalent to at least 36 months continuous employment; candidates without a Masters degree must demonstrate evidence of a competent level of professional experience equivalent to at least 48 months continuous employment.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes: Year 1: literature review and research essay (12,000 words in total). Year 2: conference paper and publishable article (6-8000 words). Year 3: research proposal and portfolio of reflective practice (12,000 words in total). Year 4-6: individual targets appropriate to the completion of the thesis research. Year 6: thesis of 40-45,000 words or practical outcome accompanied by 20-45,000 word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Professional Doctorate Part-time - 72 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

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