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Course summary

Become a qualified dramatherapist with this unique programme at Roehampton. It offers a theoretical, experiential and clinical exploration of ritual and drama for working with others to facilitate healing and positive change in a variety of clinical settings. The MA Dramatherapy programme at Roehampton offers a ritual theatre form of dramatherapy. Influenced by key theatrical figures and explored from anthropological, political, psychological perspectives, the programme offers a clearly structured developmental learning process mirroring the clinical application of dramatherapy at various levels. The programme offers theatre skills, movement, working with stories and myths, Growtowski’s paratheatrical techniques, crafting theatres of the psyche, working with our own internal dramas and the use of ‘rites of passage’ within ritual theatre. There are opportunities to work with other art forms and to learn different theoretical perspectives through embodied learning. On this course, you will learn to facilitate an in-depth therapeutic process for a range of client groups, and devise therapeutic performances and workshops. You will also undertake an original piece of research into dramatherapy practice. The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and leads to a nationally-recognised professional qualification. The programme consists of three stages, which offers a clearly structured developmental process for the clinical application of dramatherapy. In Stage One, you will be introduced to basic theatre skills and use these creatively to work with established stories and characters. This progresses into an exploration of the personal identifications that we have with stories and myths, and an understanding of the deep foundations within many cultural traditions of using ritual, drama and performance for the enhancement of health. In Stage Two, the focus moves on to employing drama and theatre processes as vehicles for exploring our own inter-personal and internal ‘dramas’. Stage Three is where you will conduct your own piece of practical investigation or research into the literature and theory-base of dramatherapy practice. The Dramatherapy programme will provide you with a broad range of skills enabling you to pursue your own research interests across a wide spectrum of dramatherapy practice and theory.


Year 1: Human Development and Growth Dramatherapy Placement 1 Ritual of Creative Expression Ritual of Exploration Paratheatrical Explorations Year 2: Dramatherapy Placement 2 Dramatherapy Placement 3 Research Methodologies and Methods Ritual of Transformation Therapeutic Theatre and Closure Research Project Interprofessional Learning and Practice

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Health and Care Professions Council

Entry requirements

Degrees in drama, or professional acting training, are especially preferred but any discipline is potentially acceptable. Graduate level professional qualifications in appropriate disciplines such as Occupational Therapy, Probation or Social Work are accepted. •A minimum of one year prior clinical experience. •A sustained engagement with drama and theatre and some basic theatrical skills •Appropriate personal qualities such as emotional literacy and an ability to be self-aware and open •Two references; normally one of these should be able to comment on the applicant’s academic suitability and the other the applicant’s professional/personal suitability for the programme •Evidence of experience, maturity and personal robustness.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8410 Year 1
Scotland £8410 Year 1
Wales £8410 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8410 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Dramatherapy at University of Roehampton - UCAS