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ECArTE Full Member

Exeter: University of Worcester

Course Title: MA in Dramatherapy

Duration: Three years part-time

Entry Requirements: Entry to the programme is by written application and interview.

Criteria normally include:

•  a relevant first degree or equivalent qualification

•  experience of working with people with specific needs

•  experience of practical drama/theatre work

•  evidence of some up-to-date reading within the areas of dramatherapy, psychology and psychotherapy

•  demonstration of personal maturity and initiative.

•  applicants, whose first language is not English, must provide evidence of successful achievement of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 7 (or equivalent).


Due consideration is given by the selection panel to the previous experience of each applicant, both through APEL (Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning).


Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches:

The programme seeks to educate students in the use and understanding of drama as a therapeutic process. Through theoretical study and practical and clinical experience, it aims to enhance their academic, professional, personal and creative skills.

The staff team regards dramatherapy as a creative professional practice that supports people in their personal development and healing.  Dramatherapists need to be able to work with a wide range of groups and individuals, and to understand the processes involved in the therapeutic relationship.

The University of Worcester course promotes an eclectic approach to dramatherapy, encouraging each student to create his/her own role as dramatherapist in a way that reflects his/her particular background, interests and abilities.  Difference is respected and critical reflection is encouraged.  The students examine and explore key models of dramatherapy.  They are supported in developing an understanding of therapeutic process which is grounded in creative movement, play, drama and theatre.

The syllabus is carefully interwoven, giving the student a connected experience of theory and practice.  Students learn through an integrated curriculum of lectures, seminars and discussions, experiential and practical workshops, group work and supervised clinical practice. Students receive a high level of personal support through the duration of their study.

The programme is designed to provide a distinctive education experience for people from a variety of backgrounds including creative arts practitioners, educators, health professionals and care workers.
Course Content:

There are three 20-credit modules in each of years one and two of the education programme. These modules run concurrently, each spanning three terms of study over one academic year. The curriculum embraces in-depth study of dramatherapy contexts and practice; movement, drama and theatre techniques; sources and concepts of dramatherapy theory; clinical practice placements. Year three focuses on the study of research methods and the preparation and presentation of a dissertation, based on clinical practice. This final year comprises one 60-credit module.

Whilst being rooted in theory, a high proportion of the education programme is experiential in nature, with an emphasis on clinical practice and personal development.

Year One

(60 UK credits at Masters’ level; exit award Postgraduate Certificate in Dramatherapy Studies)


•  The Practice of Dramatherapy

•  Theories & Models for Dramatherapy

•  Creative Skills Development

Year Two

(60 UK credits at Masters’ level; exit award, with 60 + 60 credits, Postgraduate Diploma in Dramatherapy Studies)


•  Advanced Dramatherapy Practice

•  Advanced Dramatherapy Theory

•  Dramatherapy Clinical Placement

Year Three:

(60 UK credits at Masters’ level; exit award, with 60 + 60 + 60 credits, MA in Dramatherapy)

•  Advanced Dramatherapy Project


Additional Course Requirements:

Clinical practice: a minimum of 100 sessions

During their education programme, students will gain experience of:

•  facilitating short-term and longer-term groups

•  working with individuals

•  working with a range of client groups


Personal Therapy: a minimum of 72 sessions of personal therapy whilst studying on the programme.


Qualification Awarded: MA in Dramatherapy

Language: All modules on the course are taught in English.

Student Exchange Opportunities:

We do not offer opportunities for Student Exchange at present.


Current Research and Interests:

Mary Booker (2011) Developmental Drama – dramatherapy approaches for people with profound and multiple disabilities, including sensory impairment, London: Jessica Kingsley Press

Dianne Gammage (expected 2017), The Role of Play in Awakening Being – an enquiry into Buddhism, play and living creatively, London: Jessica Kingsley Press

Malcolm Ross (2011) Cultivating the Arts in Education and Therapy, London: Routledge

Research Collaboration:

Interest in research collaboration with ECArTE Members:

Developments in European arts therapies education and training – Sarah Scoble


Professional Association:

British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)

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Professional Body or Ministry:

Students are obliged to register with a professional association in order to practise as arts therapist.

The course is approved by: The Health and Care Professions Council  (HCPC)

Students are educated on the course to practise dramatherapy to a standard meeting the criteria of the HCPC and the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth).  Successful completion of the three-year Masters programme leads to eligibility to apply for registration as a dramatherapist with the HCPC and full membership of BADth.

Code of Ethics:

BADth code of Ethics

HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics


Contact Details:

Contact person: Sarah Scoble

Course Leader


Postal address: Iron Mill College, Morwenstow, 7 Barnfield Cresent, Exeter,

Devon, EX1 1QT

Telephone number: +44 (0)1392 219200

Email address: