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Course summary

After successful completion of the MA Dramatherapy course you’ll be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a dramatherapist, as long as you meet the HCPC’s requirements.

  • Study a Masters course approved by the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Graduate successfully and you’ll be eligible to apply to the ‌Health and Care Professions Council to become a registered arts therapist (dramatherapist), as long as you meet the HCPC’s requirements. This is a legal requirement for those wishing to work as a dramatherapist in the UK
  • Enhance your knowledge of theatre in the therapeutic process, and explore the role of improvisation and the need to adapt therapeutic interventions to individual and group needs
  • You’ll conduct a major piece of independently researched work in an area of personal interest
  • Further your understanding of psychological processes and have the opportunity to develop your own therapeutic approach


Modules include: dramatherapy clinical placement 1; arts therapies theory and research in relation to practice 1; dramatherapy practice studio; dramatherapy experiential group; dramatherapy clinical placement 2; arts therapies theory and research in relation to practice 2; arts therapies independent scholarship; personal therapy.

Assessment method

The emphasis of this programme is for you to produce original assessed work that is well-researched, current and largely reflective. Assessments have been designed to be flexible and innovative, drawing upon the dramatic art-form as well as more traditional academic styles of assessment. Currently, students are assessed throughout the programme by submitting coursework (100%) including written reflections, case studies and presentations, a theatre review, literature reviews and practical facilitations. Our present final assessment requires you to conduct a piece of arts-based research in a methodology of your choosing. You'll be assessed by your creation of a theatrical performance, written critique (body of work) and through a viva voce discussion.

Entry requirements

A relevant undergraduate degree such as BA (Hons) Drama, BA (Hons) Theatre Arts, BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing. Or you might hold an undergraduate degree or training in other areas such as psychology, occupational therapy, social work, nursing and have current evidence of theatre experience. You'll usually need one year's full time (or equivalent) relevant work experience in a health and social care environment. This can be paid or voluntary and can include areas such as mental health, learning disabilities, older people, children who have experienced trauma, physical disabilities or working with asylum seekers. The more experience you have, the more prepared you'll be for the course. You must demonstrate sufficient life experience and emotional maturity to cope with the demands of the course as the training and personal therapy processes can be emotionally challenging. If your first language is not English, you'll need to have achieved an IELTS of at least 6.5 or equivalent with no element below 6.0, as stipulated by the HCPC. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this programme.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14900 Whole course
England £1500 Module
Northern Ireland £1500 Module
Scotland £1500 Module
Wales £1500 Module
International £14900 Whole course

Additional fee information

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