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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

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

Course type


Course Summary

This course offers a range of practical exercises to challenge and inspire you before writing your own final piece. Playwriting gives you the space, time and support needed to write your first full-length play. The Degree delves into the world of the playwright – reading and watching live theatre in London, investigating the fringe and new writing ‘scene’. 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. 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. Students can exit with PGDip and PGCert.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module shows students how a production is put together and takes them through the process of putting together a show, from the moment that a show is programmed for performance to the final production. Ensuring playwrights fully understand the practical processes of how their work will be realised on stage.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

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

University information

St Mary’s University is located in the leafy London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, just 30 minutes by train to central London and minutes from the banks of the river. Founded in 1850 on Catholic values, it has a well-established history in teaching theology, education and sport. St Mary’s offers a wide range of full time and part-time postgraduate courses that are internationally recognised. Ofsted rating the Primary and Secondary Teacher...more

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