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About Theatre Making at University of Kent


This MA is intended for graduates from theatre and performing arts degrees and other subjects as well as emerging theatre artists who want to further pursue their experimentation with a range of advanced theatre-making practices.

During the Autumn Term, you initially work in a varied range of artistic approaches, while also getting an insight into key key critical discourses as well as into practical theatre production concerns. You then work collaboratively as a theatre ensemble during the Spring Term, focusing on your chosen area while realising a range of projects. Throughout the year, the research-led teaching by Kent's world-leading specialists is complemented by a sustained engagement with professional theatre-makers in workshops and guest sessions. We also work closely with the Canterbury theatres (Marlowe and Gulbenkian), who have mentored and supported many previous graduates to further develop their artistic work. 

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About the School of Arts

Postgraduate Drama and Theatre studies at Kent has a very strongreputation for research and supervision in contemporary theatre andperformance. We are the home of two renowned international research centres,the European Theatre Research Network (ETRN) and the Centre for Cognition,Kinesthetics and Performance (CKP).

The wide-ranging interests of our international team of leadingand emerging researchers (from the UK, Australia, Greece, Germany, France andother countries) include research strengths in contemporary performance,applied theatre, Shakespeare, 18th-century theatre, multimedia performance,popular performance, theatre directing and dramaturgy, and physical acting.

Our distinctive focus at Kent is on theatre as practice,whatever the topic, area, mode and methodology of research. We were the firstdepartment in the country to offer, since the late 1990s, MA and PhD degrees bypractice-as-research. We encourage postgraduate students to make use of ourclose links and contacts with local, national and international (especiallyEuropean) theatre companies, venues, schools and artists, both for research andto encourage professional development.

The School of Arts' award-winning Jarman Building offersprofessional standard drama facilities, along with social spaces and adedicated centre for postgraduate students. In addition to the two performancestudios and the Gallery in the Jarman Building, Drama & Theatre facilitiesacross the Canterbury campus include two further theatre spaces - the 113-seatAphra Theatre (a courtyard-type gallery theatre space) and the Lumley Theatre,which is a flexible and adaptable studio space - as well as further rehearsalfacilities in Eliot College, a sound and simulation suite, and an extensivelyequipped construction workshop and costume collection.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Arts at Kent was ranked 1st for research power and in the top 20 in the UK for research quality.

An impressive 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School's environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.


Graduates of Kent's comprehensive theatre studies curriculum are suited to work as freelance artists, directors, teachers, and theatre makers, as theatre managers and managers for educational projects, and in other theatre-related roles. Kent Drama & Theatre graduates have also formed their own companies (Little Bulb, The Noise Next Door, The Three Half Pints, White Slate, Accidental Collective), joined existing companies, and developed careers as innovative and influential theatre practitioners.

Research areas

European Theatre

Based at Kent, the UK's European university, the European Theatre Research Network (ETRN) facilitates and fosters the exchange of theatre traditions, contemporary practices and academic discussion on theatre work from the European continent and also in the new European states. The MA Theatre Direction forms part of this expanding network, drawing for instance on our connection to the Schaub

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or better, usually in a relevant humanities subject. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path or who may have relevant experience in the industry. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Your application should include a sample of your academic writing. Ideally this will be an essay, on a similar or related topic, that you have recently written as part of your undergraduate degree programme. Please upload this to your application portal.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country. 

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English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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