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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Theatre & Dramatic Arts Drama Studies Performing Arts (General) Screenplay Writing

Course type


Course Summary

Gain direct access to the London theatre industry and the opportunity to write your own full-length play.

Why study Playwriting?

The UK theatre scene is a world leader in the creation of new plays, showcasing the most exciting voices in drama.

On the MA Playwriting degree, you will learn the building blocks of the dramatic craft and gain practical experience of the London theatre industry, through:

  • reading and analyzing the most exciting contemporary scripts
  • attending live theatre in London and meeting theatre-makers
  • visiting lectures from industry professionals in a range of roles
  • experience of theatre research and critical writing
  • the Creative Workshop (a dynamic module across two semesters) on which you will create your own full-length thesis play
  • insight into the Business of Playwriting and starting your career.

Assessment methods

Lecture seminars are assessed through essays. The remaining modules are assessed through creative written pieces, including your final playwriting project - your very own full-length play.

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 The Business of Playwriting aims to introduce students to a range of new writing networks as well as look closely at funding for projects, commissions, publishing and being a writer every day.

Students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.

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 gives students a solid foundation in research skills for postgraduate study - not only for academic study, but also the necessary skills to research theatre topics for playwriting or theatre commentary and critical writing. This is a forum for the development of critical understanding the contemporary theatre environment, as a critic, audience member, researcher and playwright.

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

A first degree at second-class level (2:2) 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.