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Postgraduate course

Theatre & Performance MA, PgDip, PgCert

Investigate the interrelationships between your own arts practice and questions arising about knowledge, research, studio practice and performance.

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Throughout this programme we put your unique theatre practice at the centre of your learning and give you the tools to develop your individual approach and professional profile. Offering the ideal opportunity for you to create in-depth and professional performances that you will articulate through presentation, documentation and performance.

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

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 or above in Theatre or another related discipline

    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

Our experienced tutors and guest artists will encourage and equip you to create performances for festivals, city centre venues, site-specific projects and the touring studio.

You will develop strategies to reflect, theorise and document your practice and be given a platform to share your thinking. With a fluid interrelationship between theory and practice, you will have the opportunity to take full advantage of the workshop, studio, seminar and virtual environments the University has to offer.

We will encourage you to engage in collaborative practice with others and consider the implications of working in particular contexts or in response to specific commissions. This course offers great opportunities for cross-disciplinary work, allowing you to engage with other students on the Applied Theatre, Music and Fine Arts programmes.

Course structure

The curriculum is designed to focus on developing artists’ abilities and capacities for professional, vocational and academic innovation. We emphasise relationships between composition, reflection, practice and documentation across a dynamic range of performance disciplines and discourses.

If you already have some experience of performance practice, then this degree will enable you to expand your artistic horizons, develop your reflective abilities and expand your portfolio as a thinking practitioner.

The programme begins in September each year. The taught modules will normally consist of weekly sessions scheduled on one day a week. There may also be the occasional intensive full day workshop.

Modules include:

  • The Reflective Practitioner (20 credits)
  • Theatre-Making (40 credits)
  • Independent Project (120 credits)

Entry requirements


Entry onto this Master’s Degree requires a minimum of a 2:1 Undergraduate honours degree in Theatre or another related discipline.

If your honours degree is not in Theatre or a related discipline but you can provide a strong portfolio of visual work, 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 will require you to attend an interview.

At interview you will be asked to:

  • 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.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirments it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

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.

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.

Applications for September 2019 are open now.

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