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*Subject to validation

This programme aims to create a firm grounding in the critical theories and dramaturgical structures that are necessary for analysing, critiquing or creating performances within Theatre Studies. There are also opportunities for practical engagement in this discipline and in the disciplines of Dance and Musical Theatre Studies.

The aim of this course is to prepare you for a diverse range of opportunities as researchers and academics, or in the performing arts sector and beyond. You are encouraged to engage with academic literature, case studies and each other by reflecting on your own work and experiences.

Regardless of your chosen pathway, you all work together on the Critical Theories and Dramaturgies: Analysis and Composition modules to benefit from interdisciplinary interactions, debates and discussions. You are able to specialise, and thus identify your graduating pathway, through your choice of topics within the core modules, your choice of optional modules, and principally your choice of research area in the Research Preparation and Dissertation modules.

*Subject to validation

'Validation' is the process by which the University approves a new programme to ensure that it provides a distinct, high-quality academic experience for students, that enables them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career. In the unlikely event that a programme is not validated then we will do our best to find you an alternative programme within the University.

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Teaching takes place

Predominantly by distance learning via skype or other software during the early evening, though attendance in Winchester at these sessions is encouraged where possible. The Intensive Practice module is delivered as a series of intensive blocks in Winchester at weekends or during vacation periods. Some of the optional modules are only available in weekly daytime sessions in Winchester


King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester



We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our .

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or upper second-class Honours degree in Dance, Choreography, Musical Theatre, or a related subject. If you do not have these qualifications, we would
expect you to have equivalent professional experience and training. We interview all suitableapplicants. Some designated optional modules are subject to an audition conducted by the programme team.

If English is not your first language:


IELTS 6.5 (including 6.0 in academic writing) or equivalent

Year 1 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

Independent Project
Research Preparation
Dramaturgies: Analysis and Composition
Critical Theories

Optional Credits

Extending the Voice

This module will be subject to an audition.

Physical Skills 3

This module will be subject to an audition.

Dance Facilitation
Cultural Entrepreneurship
Performance Now
British Theatre 1945 - 2015
Theatre Stories
Intensive Practice

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £6,500
Part-time entry | £3,250 p/a

Total Cost | £6,500

International Students

Full-time entry | £12,950
Part-time entry | £6,475 p/a

Total Cost | £12,950

Key course details

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Typical offer
Normally a first or upper second-class Honours degree in Dance, Choreography, Musical Theatre, or a related subject.
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester