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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.

By taking the Theatre - Socially Engaged Practice degree from University of Portsmouth , 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.

Careers and opportunities

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.

Programme Structure

On this Master's degree, you'll:
  • 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

Key information


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

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180 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic 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.

Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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