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University of Lincoln MA Theatre
University of Lincoln

MA Theatre

Lincoln, United Kingdom

1 Years


Full time, Part time

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The course aims to provide a 360-degree perspective on performance to reflect the need for a portfolio career in the 21st Century, with a designated focus on dramaturgy.

MA Theatre places an emphasis on the vast range of recent developments in drama, theatre, and performance practice and research. The program makes full use of the expertise of staff across the School of Fine and Performing Arts, which embodies in-depth knowledge of contemporary theatre-making.

The staff has expertise in running professional touring companies, playwriting, dramaturgy, theatre criticism, and writing successful research grant applications and funding bids. Our research-active team publishes dramaturgy and theatre-making in academic literature.

Students have the opportunity to benefit from a combination of practical experience and theoretical study. This approach is designed to enhance career prospects by preparing students for a variety of roles in theatre, media production, management, research, and education.

Research Areas, Projects, and Topics

MA Theatre has benefitted from close links with the School and College expertise-sharing initiatives Critical Encounters and Tower Talks, and the program leaders aim to nurture these and other such opportunities going forward.


In the past, MA Theatre students have taken part in study trips to Nottingham, Sheffield, and Leeds. There may be opportunities to attend professional and peer networking events such as Critical Encounters, hosted by the School, and the Tower Talks event for postgraduate students and staff across the College of Arts.

There is potential for students to get involved with extracurricular activities with The Lincoln Company which regularly takes shows to the Edinburgh Fringe every year.

Students may also have the opportunity to engage in Horizons, a blended learning initiative designed to help them develop subject-specific employability skills, and interdisciplinary and digital skills, drawing on the University of Lincoln’s six research themes.


The core work-based learning module, Dramaturgy in Practice, offers a choice of three placement pathways - industry, pedagogy, or online - giving students the opportunity to engage with artworks in progress through placements in the industry regionally; with drama lecturers on practical undergraduate modules; or through digital collaborations.

A list of possible placement hosts will be provided, but students are welcome to source their own. It will be up to the student to liaise with their host, negotiate how they will work with them, and cover additional travel costs incurred.

Interviews and Applicant Days

Applicants may be asked to attend an interview in person, via telephone, or online. Written evidence will be required in the form of a recent sample of critical or creative writing. It is expected that prospective candidates will have researched the course and be prepared to speak about it. Please contact Programme Leaders for further information.

"This information was correct at the time of publishing (July 2023)"



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