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If you're looking to build on your undergraduate degree, and want to use the tools of drama to make a positive difference to the world, then this Theatre - Socially Engaged Practice degree from University of Portsmouth, which focuses on Socially Engaged Practice, is the ideal choice for you.

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Theatre and performance can be powerful tools for social change, whether it's bringing historic events to life in museums or working with local councils or the NHS to highlight new health initiatives.

You'll explore methods and techniques for using drama in the community, such as in youth groups, mental health support settings, schools, museums, and centres for older people and those with illnesses. 

You'll get practical experience in the community, building a portfolio of work you can showcase to employers when you graduate.

By focussing on using drama as a community-building tool, you'll learn how to use your dramatic skillset in a new context, opening  doors in your career, and helping you to make positive changes in society.

What you'll experience

  • Learn to implement techniques from applied theatre, forum theatre, theatre for social change, and theatre for development within your own community   
  • Learn the ethics of applied theatre and work with different populations  
  • Be taught by staff that have established connections to local community and heritage sites – you'll have a wide range of performance venues and audiences to choose from
  • Gain practical experience developing, leading and facilitating drama activities across different communities and groups
  • Use the professional-grade equipment and facilities at White Swan Studios, including lighting equipment, costume and prop facilities, music practice rooms and musical instruments
  • Get experience with digital storytelling equipment such as GoPro Cameras and iPads  
  • Gain transferable skills and experience that will be invaluable in careers beyond theatre practice and teaching, such as science communication and cultural diplomacy

Work experience and career planning

You'll graduate with the skills and understanding to take up roles in many fields, including:

  • theatre
  • education
  • youth work
  • project management
  • science communication
  • museums and the cultural sector
  • civic engagement
  • applied theatre artist
  • teaching artist
  • creative aging
  • event planning
  • fundraising
  • community organising

You could also continue your studies to PhD level, or go into teaching (with further qualifications).

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Teaching and Programme Assessment

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • performance planning and development – with support from your supervisor
  • performance – this can be applied theatre, an investigation into musical forms for performance, excerpts from a play script, or something similar, performed to an audience at community sites
  • reflection on performance and feedback – both verbally, and as written work

If take an optional interdisciplinary module shared with other academic areas, you'll also encounter other  teaching methods than those above.

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays 
  • performances 
  • continuous assessment
  • presentations 
  • viva

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Socially Engaged Theatre: Advanced Facilitation – 30 credits
  • A Question of Research – 30 credits
  • Staging Social Justice: Ethics, Community, and Engagement – 30 credits
  • Performance With Communities – 30 credits
  • Major Project – 60 credits

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. An interview may be required as part of the selection process.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
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