Postgraduate MA

Drama and Creative Writing in Education

Drama and Creative Writing in Education

Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    1 Year
  • Start date

    20 Sep 2021

Create fictional worlds and use everyday situations to tell stories through the mediums of drama and creative writing in order to inspire young people, spark their imaginations and aid their social and emotional development.

By studying literary texts, performance pedagogy and theatre in education, you will develop innovative approaches to the teaching of drama and creative writing in a range of educational and community settings. You will challenge young learners to create powerful and transformative imaginary worlds to spark their creativity.

This course will help you to become a creative educator, who places students at the centre of their learning through the creation of lived-through drama experiences, cultivating a fertile ground for your creative writing and a supportive environment in which young people will feel encouraged to also write creatively.

Working with an experienced team of published educators and theatre-based organisations in Leeds, you will develop the confidence and skills to work with and inspire young people.

You will also have the opportunity to study an option module from one of our other masters courses.


Academic staff from the course are engaged in a number of research projects linked to this course. One current project focuses on teachers using drama to engage children in writing. You can read more about the project by visiting The Conversation website.

You will be able to put your skills into practice through two placement opportunities on the course - you might already be working in a school and be able to apply your learning to new creative processes, or you could develop your expertise within theatre organisations such as the West Yorkshire Playhouse or Interplay Theatre Company.

You will be taught by a highly skilled and experienced team, including Senior Lecturer Dr Tom Dobson, a former secondary English teacher whose current research into English pedagogy focuses on the identity of the teacher as a writer. Our tutors also have links with arts organisations such as Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Kirkstall Abbey Museum and Leeds Art Gallery, as well as a range of community theatre groups, which will feed into your learning and help you to develop creatively.

In addition, you will have the chance to network with industry professionals, such as Professor Cathy Burnett a Professor of Literacy and Education, during our guest lecture series. Previous speakers have included contemporary writers such as award-winning romantic and paranormal fiction writer Kate Johnson, and novelist and critic Professor Manju Jaidka.

Why study Drama and Creative Writing in Education at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Guest lectures delivered by industry professionals
  2. Fantastic placements opportunities
  3. Professionally experienced expert teaching team
  4. Dedicated pastoral care team
  5. Strong and meaningful partnerships with schools and community organisations


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