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Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy

12 months
17078 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy programme offered by Utrecht University welcomes both international students as well as students with a Dutch Bachelor's degree in art and culture studies, but also arts professionals who wish to enrich their practice through academic research.

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Focus on Expanding Performance and Interdisciplinary Dramaturgy

In this Master's programme we focus on new and interdisciplinary forms of theatre, the kind of work where one is inclined to ask: is this theatre or a music concert? Shall we call it performance or art? Dance or mime? We are interested in ways in which theatre and dance respond to current societal phenomena (such as debates around gender diversity, sociental and ecological challenges, dance and neuroscience, or how media impacts perception), how this response leads to new artistic forms and strategies, and new modes of storytelling. 

We study those emerging strategies in theatre-making and choreography, we dive into the dramaturgy of those strategies, and we will teach you how to critically reflect and write about these developments.

Individual Specialisation

The first semester brings you up to date with the latest trends & topics, the second semester is for individual specialisation. The unique characteristic of the programme in Utrecht is the focus on contemporary, hybrid practices and the possibility to focus on dance and dance dramaturgy.

Practical Orientation

Fully taught in English, this Master’s programme takes an academic approach to contemporary performance. We closely collaborate with the field of theatre and dance in the Netherlands and Flanders. You will get acquainted with state-of-the-art theory yet we are also oriented towards the practice of theatre and dance. This is exemplified by the focus on dramaturgy, an internship in the second semester and the many opportunities to meet with practitioners. 

Research Topics

Our research focus areas include:

  • dance, embodiment, and corporeal literacy
  • theory and practice of dramaturgy
  • performance and public space, (urban) scenography
  • intermediality and new modes of storytelling
  • relationships between the performing arts and visual culture

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy Master’s programme at Utrecht University are acquainted with the latest developments in the theory and practice of contemporary theatre and dance. They are able to contextualise these developments, reflect critically on them, and make this reflection productive for diverse theoretical, practical, educational, and critical ends. Alumni of the programme have gone on to work as:

  • theatre or dance dramaturge
  • theatre or dance critic
  • dramaturgy instructor
  • researcher
  • public officials for cultural affairs
  • employees at training centres for the arts
  • director of cultural programs on radio, television or internet platforms
  • curators, organisers and programmers of theatre or dance festivals
  • public relations or education employee with theatre or dance companies or performing arts houses

Many of our international students use their knowledge and skills to become a dramaturge, writer, artistic advisor, or organizer of performance events in their homeland, or to start up platforms for the exchange of artistic knowledge. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Theories and Concepts of Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy 
  • Contemporary Performance: Mapping the Field
  • Performance Research Lab: Act
  • Internship Ma Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy 
  • Master Thesis Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy if you have a Bachelor’s diploma from a Dutch university or foreign equivalent and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • You have knowledge of research methods particular to the Humanities and main concepts used in Theatre, Dance or Performance Studies, shown by at least 7.5 EC worth of courses in this field on Bachelor's level.
  • You have knowledge of and insight in theatre, dance and/or performance theory, history and/or dramaturgy, as shown by having taken at least 30 EC worth of courses in this field on Bachelor's level, 15 EC of which should be at advanced Bachelor's level..

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17078 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17078 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.


Utrecht University, the Dutch Government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants. Below is a list of the scholarships that are most often used by international students studying in Utrecht. Note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Bright Minds Fellowships
  • Holland Scholarship
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship - for Chinese students only
  • Utrecht Sylff Scholarships - for outstanding graduates from University College Utrecht and Economics and Business Economics (UU)
  • Student grant and loan system
  • Tuition fee loan
  • Erasmus+ Master loans
  • Canadian student loans
  • US Federal Loans

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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