MA Classical Acting – Bath Spa University

Key facts

MA Classical Acting
Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
One year full time, or two years part time.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information:

A postgraduate acting course for live-performance actors at all stages of their career.

  • Taught by highly-regarded specialists in acting and directing.
  • Opportunities to train in combat and at Shakespeare's Globe.
  • Excellent industry links in Bath, the UK and internationally.

Due to Covid-19, we have made some changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year: we have blended high-quality virtual engagement with in-person teaching on campus when possible. Blended learning will continue to some extent in the 2021-22 academic year and we will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. If you’re planning on joining us in September 2021 we will communicate with you about specific details of how your course is taught nearer the time.

Become a specialist in classical drama through our MA Classical Acting course. You’ll gain insight into the classical drama canon from Ancient Greece to the mid-20th century, exploring areas such as Greek Comedies and Tragedies, English Renaissance plays and Naturalistic plays from Germany, Norway, Russia, America and Britain.

What you'll learn


Enhance your understanding, creativity and delivery of classical play texts.

You’ll develop these skills through:

  • Evaluation and reflection on your own practice
  • Expanding your artistic and market awareness
  • Gaining insights into innovative artistic practices.

Course structure

Trimester one
From the start of the course, you’ll be immersed in practical training, leading to performances of monologues, duologues, and scenes. You’ll also get a grounding in current research methods, completing practical or scholarly research. This leads to a presentation and an essay.

Trimester two
We’ll give you the opportunity to train at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. You’ll develop your training into a professional portfolio. Alongside this, you’ll develop a theatre company with fellow students for public performances of classical plays of your choice.

Trimester three
You can choose to undertake a more traditional written dissertation, a performance based dissertation, or a mixture of the two. You might direct a production, lead workshops, or research into areas relating to directing as part of your dissertation.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more details on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Research Methodologies and Context
  • Production One: Scene Study
  • Professional Collaboration
  • Production Two: Acting in a Company
  • Major Project.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments could include performances, essays, literature reviews, written documentation of work, presentations, portfolios, leading workshops, written evaluations, rehearsal and practice blogs, written dissertations, practical dissertation projects, and critical play reviews.

How will I be taught?

The degree is delivered through a variety of workshops, lectures, seminars, masterclasses, off-site visits, performance and production work, and through our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva. We invite professional actors and directors to work with you and we have an ever-expanding list of lecturers, specialists, artists, and guest scholars.

Our Master’s is taught in the evenings in three-hour workshops. If you’re looking for a more flexible learning option, we also offer this course part-time.



You’ll have the opportunity to visit museums and theatres and experience theatre performances. Previous destinations have included Bath, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon and London. Other fieldwork may give you the chance to work with professional theatre groups and actors; we’ve previously rented studios in London for this purpose.

Some trips are subsidised, however you may have to contribute to fund travel and tickets.

Intensive training at The Globe

We currently give all students the opportunity to take part in a two-week residency at Shakespeare's Globe. You’ll benefit from intensive, full-time training, leading to a production on the Globe’s stage.

Combat certification

You’ll have the opportunity to gain an accreditation in combat. We provide the training but you’ll have to pay a small fee to gain this certification.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You’ll have access to performance studios and spaces such as the University Theatre at Newton Park, and Corsham Court. We also have links with the Theatre Royal Bath, the Rondo Theatre, The Egg, The Ustinov, the Tobacco Factory, Circomedia, The Scoop @More London, and the Salisbury Playhouse.

As a student you'll also be able to take advantage of our:


As a Classical Acting student, you’ll be able to hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service.


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

UK students full time

Course fees
2021/22 entry £7,790
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023

UK students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,895
Year 2 Published Jan 2022

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

Course fees
2021/22 entry £15,070
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for individuals with a flair for performance and a clear passion for classical acting. Training is hands-on, so you’ll need energy, drive and the motivation to transform your ideas into productions.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Want to apply for this year? 

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Course leader: Roger Apfelbaum

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