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Touring Theatre MTheatre

Key features of this course:

  • You will be studying on a four-year course, entering at undergraduate level but graduating with a masters-level award in Touring Theatre. This additional higher level qualification, with its employability focus, will help you stand out in the competitive theatre industry. Most students will qualify for student loan support for all 4 years of the course.
  • You will gain all the skills and understanding you need to set up your own touring theatre company, or establish yourself as a solo practitioner/performer, with a body of work ready to take on tour at the end of the course.
  • This is the first course of its type in the UK and focuses on hands-on experience of touring theatre and related business, financial and marketing skills.
  • You will make exciting and high quality performance work for a range of venues, organisations, communities, festivals and events throughout the four years.
  • The course has been planned and will be delivered in collaboration with theatres, venues, touring networks, companies, directors and producers throughout the West Midlands region. Throughout the course you will be encouraged and assisted in developing professional networks that will help you in your career.

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Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points (Single Hons).

We also welcome mature students, for whom there is a negotiated acknowledgement of relevant prior experience as equivalent to qualifications.

Acceptance on the course will be dependent on an interview and audition process in which we will be looking for student’s creative ability, commitment, adaptability and collaborative skills alongside performance skills.

This course is offered as a Single Honours only course. It may be possible to transfer into this course at the end of the first or second year from the BA Drama & Performance, or from other Drama courses at other Universities, subject to discussion and audition process. However, it is not possible to join the course for the final (fourth year) only.

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Get in touch

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Dr Jane George
Head of Theatre & Film
01905 855507

Course content

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of practical workshops, lectures, seminars and productions. There is a strong emphasis on ‘real world’ experience, so productions will tour to theatre venues and festivals. Students will engage with every aspect of theatre practice from acting to marketing, from devising a show to designing sets, lighting, video and sound.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to take an original production to a high profile festival such as Edinburgh, in the summer between your 3rd and 4th year.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 16 contact hours of teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. 

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 3 hours of practical, creative work
  • 1 hour of lecture or group seminar

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 16 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve group work and rehearsal, independent research, study and development of ideas and practices.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes professional theatre-makers, writers, designers and producers.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and a number of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

Assessment methods include productions (both performance and other non-performance tasks e.g. technical/scenographic/stage management); the creation of tour and marketing packs for productions, completion of funding applications; blogs and research presentations into the landscape of contemporary touring theatre.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
60% Individual or group performance
40% Essay, presentation, blog, portfolio, viva or reflective commentary

Year 2
Example 1: 100% Group Production
Example 2: 60% practical /40% Essay, presentation, blog, portfolio, viva or reflective commentary

Year 3
Example 1: 100% Group Production (including non-performance tasks such as marketing, technical design, education packs)
Example 2: 60% Small group practical/40% research presentation

Year 4
100% Group Production (including marketing, technical design etc)


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.


This course involves extensive real world experience of researching, preparing, producing, promoting and performing in a number of touring theatre projects in a variety of professional and community venues. It will equip you with all the skills necessary (including administration, organisational, technical, financial, marketing, tour booking, outreach, workshop facilitation as well as performance skills) necessary to launch yourself into a career as a touring theatre company or solo practitioner.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Single Honours: MTheatre in Touring Theatre (integrated masters) - UCAS code W440

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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