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London Theatre MA, PGDip, PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Theatre & Dramatic Arts Drama Studies Performing Arts (General) Theatre Production

Course type


Course Summary

Why study London Theatre?

The London Theatre postgraduate programme is designed for students who have a thirst to understand the unique contribution that London theatre makes to the development of theatre practices in the UK and why London is recognised as an international centre for theatre development.

This degree gives you opportunities to explore the diverse and ever-changing nature of the theatre scene and critically comment on it through academic study and professional theatre criticism.

Teaching methods

You will be taught in small groups or individually. Some core modules are shared with the Playwriting students where you can share practice and create small networks.

Some of the programme is delivered as lecture/seminar sessions responding to work you have seen in London and meeting theatre professionals.

The final dissertation project allows students to either write an academic paper on an aspect of London Theatre or develop a portfolio of theatre reviews. Students will also achieve exit awards PgDip and PgCert.

Assessment methods

Lecture seminars are assessed through essays and theatre criticism pieces which can be developed online and work towards your own graduate portfolio of work.

Career opportunities

Drama St Mary’s graduates have gone on to work in a range of related arts industries. Our courses prepare students to find consistent, professional work in their chosen field.

The module London Fringe introduces you to the area of London theatre where you are most likely to find work in your initial career as a theatre writer, critic or researcher.

Different course options

Full time | St Mary's University, Twickenham | 1 year | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module considers how London theatre is and has been written about and reported, in reviews, articles, critical accounts, literature and theatre writings and explores the critical limitations and opportunities for writing about theatre as a commentator and critic in London. Reporting London encourages students to see how London theatre is presented nationally and internationally in comparison to Broadway or Berlin for example. Students would be encouraged to develop their writing skills both as a professional theatre critic writing reviews for newspapers and online media, but also how to engage with social media and to write critical theatre analysis for traditional theatre journals and books.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a first degree (2:2) at second-class level or above (or equivalent) is required. Students without such qualifications may, in some circumstances, be considered for entry if they are deemed to have substantial equivalent qualifications or experience.