Study programme

Theatre Studies

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.

Courses and performance

Each student chooses four elective courses, enabling them to focus on either:

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

You can also prepare a performance together with students of the Dual Master's in Dramaturgy. In this practical course, you cooperate with fellow students on staging a play. This project enables you to acquire first‑hand experience regarding what happens when a text becomes a performance (including the potential problems associated with this process).


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and academic adviser(s).


For more information about available internships and the experiences of other student interns, please follow the link and search for internships for international students in the A-Z list.

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.

Published by  Faculty of Humanities

30 November 2017