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Theatre Studies (Arts and Culture)

Study programme

The Master's in Theatre Studies is a one-year programme. In the first semester, you cover key concepts in theatre and performance studies, completing major coursework as well as two electives. In the second semester, you concentrate on your individual dissertation research projects, following additional electives, practical projects and tutorials.

Programme structure

The Master's programme Theatre Studies comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for core courses and electives.
  • 18 credits for a Master's thesis.

Core courses

Each student chooses four core courses that focus on either:

  • Theatre and Globalisation
  • Theatre and History
  • Theatre and Society
  • Theatre Analysis
  • Performance and Performativity


You can tailor the programme to your own curiosities through a range of electives that cater to various topical and disciplinary interests:

  • In Archiving the Arts, you are provided with the latest theoretical, historical as well as practical knowledge on archiving; 
  • In Theatre and Globalisation, you are familiarised with topical questions concerning the relationship of theatre and performance to the contemporary global moment; 
  • Spectatorship and Education: Researching Audiences focuses on field studies in spectatorship and theatre and education;
  • Music Theatre as a Laboratory examines music theatre in the context of modernity;
  • In Art and Activism, you are familiarised with the interrelations between performance, visual arts and activism.
  • You can also join a Practical project, in which you work in a team of fellow students to stage a performance.


The one-year MA in Theatre Studies can be combined with an additional one-year Teacher Training Programme in Arts Education (in Dutch), which qualifies you to be a general arts teacher in Dutch primary and secondary schools.

Further specialisations in Art Criticism and Archiving and Documentation are in the pipeline in the coming years.


Tutorials offer you the opportunity to become intimately acquainted with specialist literature, research methods and current discussions in Theatre and Performance Studies. The exact content of a tutorial depends on your interests and study plan, as well as the expertise of the tutor.


The Master's thesis reports on independent research carried out by the student under the supervision of a member of the programme's academic staff. The subject of the thesis and the work plan must be mutually agreed upon by the student and academic adviser.

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, please see the UvA Course Catalogue.

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research programme. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.