Theatre and Society MA

Course Overview

This MA engages you in debate about drama and theatre during the twentieth century to today and their relationship to wider society. Community and Popular theatres, Revolutionary Drama, Theatre and the State and British drama are the key study areas and there is the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic arising from the course. The MA is taught through seminars and tutorials and the degree is awarded upon successful completion of four modules and a dissertation.

Key Features

  • Study in your local area for a University of Wales higher degree
  • Personal and professional development within a creative learning community
  • Opportunity for study and reflection
  • Excellent Library, Research and other HE information resources
  • Opportunity for interaction with experienced educators
  • Personal mentor/tutor
  • A vibrant, growing University community
  • Small teaching groups, a friendly and caring atmosphere and personal attention
  • An outstanding theatre and film environment
  • Excellent value
  • Tutors are specialist drama/theatre professionals who can offer expert and up to date teaching
  • Studying for an MA can extend your horizons, lead to further professional qualifications and aid career prospects


  • British Drama - explores dramatists' presentation of Britain as a changing social and cultural entity from 1900 to today
  • Drama and Revolution - examines the development of a repertoire of revolutionary drama and theatre from a range of countries and decades of the twentieth century
  • Theatre and Community - explores key movements and philosophies of theatre's role as social, popular and moral entertainment
  • Theatre and the State - examines theatre's relationship with the State through issues such as censorship, funding, opposition and identity
  • Dissertation - an opportunity to develop your own research project that engages with issues and debates that arise from your studies


This course will be assessed through formative and developmental assessment.

Career Opportunities

Most students engaging in this programme are employed in educational settings. The experience of this programme is often transformative, leading to an enhancement of learning and teaching and often leading to promotion within the profession.

MA Award
Part-time Study Mode
2 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Criteria

An applicant can be considered eligible to register the Master's programme provided he/she holds one of the following qualifications prior to commencement:

(a) an initial degree from an approved degree awarded body;

(b) a non-graduate qualification which has been deemed to be of an appropriate standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission;

(c) the specific entry requirements of the programme.

An applicant may also be admitted to candidature provided that he/she has held, for a minimum of two years, an appropriate position which is relevant to the scheme being pursued.

Applicants are required to satisfy the Programme Director that he/she is of the required academic standard to complete the proposed Programme of Study.

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