Theatre for Social, Political and Environmental Change, M.A. | Lancaster University | Lancaster, United Kingdom
M.A. Blended

Theatre for Social, Political and Environmental Change

12 months
22100 GBP/year
10500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA Theatre for Social, Political and Environmental Change at Lancaster University offers a unique opportunity to study theatrical responses to climate change and other pressing social and political issues. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to shake up the world around you through innovative performance practices.


Throughout the Theatre for Social, Political and Environmental Change programme at Lancaster University we will explore the ways that professional theatre makers, applied theatre facilitators, and performance activists have responded to global challenges such as environmental degradation, migration, homelessness, sustainable development, and political engagement.

Taught by world-leading academics and practitioners, you will learn about creative, socially-engaged practices and theories from a variety of global contexts. You will also have an opportunity to take optional modules within the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, or from other subject disciplines.


The course is taught through a combination of studio-based practical teaching alongside lectures and seminars. All students will undertake an independent Major Research Project, which may take the form of either a written thesis or a combination of practice-based work with a shorter written submission.

Delivered through blended modes of teaching, this MA is suitable for students living full-time on campus or for those spending portions of time based in other areas. This enables students to combine their study with relevant professional roles outside of the Lancaster area, or to fully immerse themselves in the rich cultural context of this region.

This programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to provoke effective and long-lasting change through creative performance practice. It will also provide a foundation for further postgraduate study, or for careers in community, educational, and charity sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Major Research Project: Theatre and Performance
  • Performance for Society, Politics and the Environment
  • Research Methods in Theatre and Performance
  • Arts Management Practice
  • Community Performance
  • Environmental Crises and Societal Change
  • Environmental Performance

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 (UK Hons) degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Take part in an interview

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    22100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part Time:

  • UK: £5,250
  • International: £11,050

Living costs for Lancaster

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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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