Study programme

Study scheme, Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy
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The Master's programme comprises one year (60 EC) and consists of two semesters, running from September until January and from February until June. A semester is divided into two study periods. 

Note: It is possible to do a part-time trajectory (PDF), which involves a distribution of the full-time programme over 2 years.


The programme consists of compulsory courses, electives, an internship and a Master's thesis. See Courses for detailed descriptions.

Semester 1 | Study period 1

  • You will get an up-to-date view on theatre and dance theory.
  • You will explore the performative, social and material turn in contemporary performance, and learn how a dramaturge is able to create those connections.
  • In addition, you will train academic skills in a Research Lab course.

Semester 1 | Study period 2

  • You will choose two electives, and continue the Research Lab.
  • You can choose courses of our Master’s programme, like Expanding Performance, where we explore relations between theatre studies and other fields of research, such as science or law.
  • In our other elective course, you will learn how to provide artistic feedback, how to create a dramaturgical context for theatre and dance, and explore relations between dramaturgy and curating. You can also choose selective courses of related Master’s programmes.

Semester 2 | Study period 3 and 4

The second semester comprises a research internship and the Master’s thesis. Here you can specialize in your own subject, like musical, youth theater or urban dance. 

Examples of Master's theses are:

Also see our thesis archive.

Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy

Educational methods

  • seminar (40%)
  • group work (5%)
  • self-study (25%)
  • tutorials (5%)
  • practical research or internship (25%)

The seminars are a combination of discussion and lectures, in which different study methods are used. The meetings will sometimes have the feel of a lecture, whereas at other times, there will be group discussions, practical assignments, feedback exercises, visits to performances and festivals, or field-oriented activities.


  • papers and portfolios
  • internship evaluation and internship report
  • thesis

All courses in the first semester are examined through written papers or portfolios, some of which are connected to practical exercises and assignments. Dependent on the specific course this involves, those will involve either one or two larger papers within the course or a series of smaller written assignments.

The type of assignment may differ depending on the course content—themes in these courses may have alternating focuses, such as working with theoretical concepts, dramaturgical reports, and art criticism.