University of East London

Course Introduction

We believe this is a unique master’s course, combining the academic study of performance with a practice'based approach to the art of acting. It’s ideal if you want to to pursue a professional career in the theatre, to develop a deeper understanding of your craft and hone your performance skills. Based at our new, state'of'the'art University Square Stratford building, you will work in close collaboration with students and academic staff on our MA Theatre Directing course as you produce and perform a range of innovative work of professional quality while also being given expert tuition in the skills of acting. Taught in the evenings and on Saturdays and available for both part'time and full'time study to fit around your needs, it’s a course geared to equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to be a stage actor. You will be guided by leading theatre practitioners, who will both teach and mentor you. After a final degree show in which you will have the chance to showcase your talents, you will leave our course ready to discover that all the world’s your stage.

Course Modules

Modules include: Actor training; performance laboratory; staging performance; research methods; dissertation/production.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,340 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £12,480 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £1,390 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Minimum 2.1 Honours in Theatre/Performance studies or related subject. We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Applicants will be expected to attend an audition and an interview. Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).