Applied Theatre MA

Applied Theatre MA

Theatre can transform lives, which is why this programme offers you the opportunity to combine a passion for theatre with a belief in social justice.

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This exciting practice-based programme gives you the opportunity to develop advanced skills and knowledge in the use of theatre in participatory, community and social contexts. Through workshops, studio practice and community-based projects, you will develop compositional, reflective and research strategies to progress your portfolio of practice as both thinking and 'doing' practitioners.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 years full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Performance & Media Production

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    Interview You'll be invited to attend an interview and give a brief presentation

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £5,000

    International 2019-20 £12,750

Course overview

The freedom to place your own practice is at the centre of this Applied Theatre programme. Whilst our specialist modules provide you with the opportunity to develop new skills and techniques in different locations and contexts, the central focus will be on your individual practice.

Throughout the programme, you will develop your professional profile within the growing field of applied theatre, building on your existing skills and knowledge. You will do this by engaging with a range of applied and community-based projects which are run by York St John University. This is central to the programme and includes workshop and project opportunities with established partners and locations in the wider community.

A particular focus of the programme is on working with mental health services in the area. We have an established relationship with local mental health service providers and our 'Converge' project works in partnership with the NHS to deliver courses in theatre and other arts. You will have the opportunity to run these courses and workshops for mental health users as part of your studies.

Course structure

Modules include:

  • Applied Theatre Practice (40 credits)
  • Critical Concepts in Applied Theatre (40 credits)
  • Creativity and Knowledge 1 (20 credits)
  • Creativity and Knowledge 2 (20 credits)
  • Masters Independent Project (120 credits)

Teaching and assessment

The academic year is divided into three terms: term 1 (September –December); term 2 (January-March); term 3 (April to June). July and August is the period when you write up your dissertation.

All taught sessions take place in the evening, 4.00pm - 7.00pm. Full-time teaching is two evenings per week and part-time one evening per week.

Each week, small presentation groups lead/initiate the discussion of the topic. You will therefore bring to the table your own interpretation of the given material, working independently as well as in a group. The sessions will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your ideas in a safe and supportive environment.

Workload: 30 contact hours per taught module/124 supported open learning hours (e.g. online documentation) per taught module/146 independent study hours per taught module.

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas: study skills, written English, and research skills. Details on where to get support will be provided at the beginning of the course. In addition, you will meet regularly with an academic tutor, who is there in a pastoral capacity.

Coursework makes up 100% of assessment. You will be assessed by portfolio for two core modules (essay, film and or book reviews, reflective journal) and by a 5,000-word essay for the two optional modules. You will also produce a 15,000-word dissertation, which will be submitted at the end of the course.

All assignments and feedback is exchanged through the University’s virtual learning environment.

Entry Requirements


Entry onto this Master’s degree requires a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree.

If your honours degree is not in a related discipline but you can demonstrate extensive experience of arts practice, your application will be considered.

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).



Entry onto this Master's degree is subject to attending an interview.

At interview you will be asked to give a presentation which will:

  • demonstrate your readiness for graduate level practice
  • show evidence of your engagement with critical thinking.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.



For certain activities a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check may be required (for instance if working in schools or with young people). It is your responsibility to obtain DBS checks as appropriate.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.


Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £5,000 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For part-time options, see the Fees & Funding webpages for more information

Postgraduate Loan: A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking PG level study (excludes PGCE).

International (non-EU) 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International Students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about Visa requirements and Short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration webpages.

International Fees & Funding

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Career outcomes

Students from this course go on to...

Jobs directly related to this course include:

  • Commercial art gallery manager
  • Community arts worker
  • Exhibition designer
  • Fine artist
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Printmaker

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Art therapist
  • Arts administrator
  • Estates manager
  • Interior and spatial designer
  • Museum/gallery curator
  • Museum/gallery exhibitions officer
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Stylist

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our ‘Apply Now’ links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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