Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Theatre Directing

This Master's degree offers professionally recognised training for theatre directors. It is the result of a unique collaboration between Birkbeck and the Arts Council England, Equity and UK Theatre. The programme has been planned in close co-operation with a wide range of distinguished theatre practitioners. Find out about the work of recently graduated directors and read our guide for applicants 2018-19. Students on the MFA Theatre Directing can apply for a number of bursaries towards fees awarded on the basis of financial need. It is not possible to apply for these bursaries in advance of being offered a place on the MFA Theatre Directing; successful applicants will be given further details once admitted to the programme. Highlights - Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. - Direct input of professional theatre practitioners; Mike Leigh, Vicki Mortimer, Lyndsey Turner and Mike Alfreds have been recent contributors. - Includes a nine-month secondment with a theatre company, providing the opportunity to direct and work with professional actors, and a three-month secondment to a leading drama school. Extended mentoring relationships between students and professional directors, regular observation of the course by a highly experienced group of professional directors. - Our Centre for Contemporary Theatre runs a postgraduate reading group and offers opportunities to show work in progress as part of the School of Arts summer festival Arts Week. - The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year's free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Entry requirements

Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG): Either a minimum second-class honours degree from a UK university (or a directly comparable qualification from a non-UK university), together with some significant experience of professional or professional-level theatre; or an undergraduate- or postgraduate-level diploma from a recognised UK drama school (or a directly comparable qualification from a non-UK drama school), together with some significant experience of professional or professional-level theatre (normally three years); or extensive professional experience. Considerable importance will be attached to your ability to demonstrate commitment to professional theatre directing. If you are considered to be initially qualified, you will then be interviewed.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

A combination of oral presentations with supporting material; practical exercises; the assessment of your practice as a director by peer and leading practitioners; and a final dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time September 2019 15,200 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time September 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time September 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time September 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time September 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG) Full-time September 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of English and Humanities
Telephone number: 
02030738372