M.A. On Campus


Leeds Conservatoire

12 months
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Our MA in Dramaturgy at Leeds Conservatoire focuses on the development of newwork and individual artistry through collaborative practice.


Whether as a practitioner shaping theatre though storytelling, dance or music, or as a dramaturg in a literary department dissecting text, students will be introduced to a multitude of ways of creating new theatre. Working with leading practitioners and institutions from across the North, students will learn the key components of storytelling, character and structure.

'Dramaturgy' has several definitions, due to the ever-evolving nature of how theatre is created. Students will explore them all and be encouraged to define it for themselves, leaving this MA not only with a comprehensive understanding of how things have been done, but a vision for how they want to do things in the future.


Students from the  MA in Dramaturgy at Leeds Conservatoire  will be excellently placed to work in a wide-range of theatre performances and performance projects, with experience they will be able to adapt to different size and scale projects. Upon successful completion of the course students may go onto careers which may include:

  • Dramaturg
  • Playwright/Screen Writer
  • Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Producer
  • Youth Theatre Facilitator
  • Teacher
  • Tutor
  • Literary Manager
  • Administrator
  • Arts Management
  • Arts Press and Communications

Programme Structure

Practical Skills fop the Dramaturg

Students will learn the skills and knowledge that is necessary to work professionally as a dramaturg in the theatre industry. These include:

  • Text work, both practical and reflective. This course teaches you the various ways to approach, dissect and shape the building blocks of storytelling (structure, narrative arc and character) so that you can form your own creative practice by breaking the rules and making your own.
  • Seeing a project through from concept to performance in a range of theatrical styles,from script-work to devising to dance-led pieces, working with writers, directors, performers and other creatives.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  •  A good honours degree in any subject, with an upper 2nd (2:1) classification or equivalent, usually theatre, music or theatre/music-related, but qualifications in other fields will also be reviewed and considered.
  •  Equivalent professional experience may also be accepted and reviewed at application and audition stages (see our APEL process),
  •  All suitable applicants are invited for interview and/or audition
  •  All students requiring a visa to study in the UK must meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department's English
  • Language requirement of IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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