Master's Programme in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research

University of the Arts Helsinki
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Master's Programme in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research

Delve into diverse performance cultures and dramaturgical practices in this research-oriented international double-degree master’s programme.

The Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research (CDPR) programme offers students a unique opportunity to experience distinctly different forms of dramaturgical thinking and performance cultures, enabling a comparative approach to dramaturgical practice and theory.  

The programme is the first double-degree programme in Uniarts Helsinki.  

The programme is tailored for process-oriented students who wish to work in international and multidisciplinary contexts such as collaborative productions, research-oriented artistic projects, and in other projects and institutions that combine artistic activities and research.  

Program delivery

The CDPR studies have a different structure for students commencing their studies at Uniarts Helsinki and for students who participate in the programme from one of the partner universities. 

For students commencing their CDPR double-degree studies at Uniarts Helsinki, studies consist of programme-specific studies, seminars in dramaturgy, and optional advanced studies. In the fourth semester, they return to Uniarts Helsinki to complete their thesis, the planning of which they have begun in the first semester. The thesis usually consists of an artistic and a written part. The artistic thesis can either be an independent project or working as a dramaturge in a collaborative production with other students of Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy. 

For students participating in the programme from one of the partner universities, studies at Uniarts Helsinki consist of both programme-specific and optional advanced studies. Studies include workshops and seminars in comparative dramaturgy and performance research, as well as advanced studies in dramaturgy and other fields of theatre and performance arts.


Annual tuition fee €5,000 for students studying in English and coming from outside the EU and EEA countries.


Master of Arts (Theatre and Drama). Double master’s degree from two universities.

Continuing studies

A master’s degree gives eligibility to complete a Doctor of Arts (Theatre) degree, for example, as a third-cycle degree.  

Should students be interested in going on to practice-led doctoral studies, the goal of the CDPR programme is to provide them with the necessary knowledge and skills to do so. 

About this institute

University of the Arts Helsinki

The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) offers the highest education in fine arts, music, dance and theatre in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. Uniarts Helsinki’s wide selection of programs in the field of arts and productive dialogue between teaching...

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Why study at University of the Arts Helsinki

  • The University of the Arts is one of the leading performing arts universities in the world: Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy has ranked among the top 26 universities in the QS World University Ranking for five consecutive years (2016–2023).
  • We have unique facilities for creating arts with two campuses in Helsinki and a new building for fine arts which was opened in 2021. The facilities are in the use of the Academy of Fine Arts as well as students of light design, sound design, and design for the performing arts. We host over 1,000 public performances or exhibitions per year.
  • At Uniarts Helsinki you can study in an inspiring environment where different disciplines of art influence each other. The academies of Uniarts Helsinki;Academy of Fine Arts, Theatre Academy and Sibelius Academy, have roots deep within the Finnish arts education and history of art. The predecessors of all three academies were founded in the 19th century although then they operated under slightly different names.
  • The Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki is an international academy with a focus on fine arts. Students' personal aspirations and one-to-one guidance in teaching are at the heart of the academy.
  • The Sibelius Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is one of the largest music academies in Europe. It is the cornerstone of the Finnish music culture through its expertise in teaching, research and artistic activities.
  • The Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is a reformer of the performing arts and offer the highest education in theatre, dance and writing in Finland.

Contact info

University of the Arts Helsinki

Sörnäinen campus
Sörnäisten rantatie 19
00530 Helsinki

Phone no: +358294 47 2000


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