MA Theatre




Why GSA?

GSA is one of the UK’s leading drama schools.  This two year online learning programme provides the opportunity to gain an academic qualification from a leading drama school within a top ten university from the convenience of your own home. GSA has enjoyed nearly twenty years of distance learning provision to a global community of students.

Programme overview

Students will actively engage with relevant concepts and explore the rich heritage of theatre from a critical and experiential perspective.

Programme details

Programme leader

Mrs Anna McNamara

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General enquiries

+44 (0)1483 681 681

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Programme facts

Type of programme

MA (Subject to validation)

Programme length

Part-time: 24 months

Start date

Sep 2018


Students must hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (minimum 2.2 or equivalent), as well as previous engagement with drama, theatre and performance. Offers are made subject to a successful application.   

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding

Study mode Part-time
Start date Sep 2018
UK/EU fees £9,900 (total for 2 years)
Overseas fees £19,900

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2018/2019 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study. 

A complete list of all fees for our Masters Programmes


Discounts for Surrey graduates 

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

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Programme structure

This programme is subject to validation.

This programme is studied part-time over two academic years by online and distance learning. It consists of eight taught modules and a compulsory Dissertation module.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Theories of Performance 



Musical Theatre

The Greeks

Contemporary Theatre Making 

Brecht and his legacy 

Theatre of the Absurd


How to apply