University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Playwriting Studies

This programme is an intensive course that encourages students to think critically about dramatic writing and helps them put these insights into practice in their own plays; the programme is committed to the exploration of new forms of writing, and this process is supported by structured and ongoing dramaturgy.

Entry requirements

Normally applicants should have a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent, although suitable professional experience or clear evidence of achievement in the field of original playwriting may be taken into account when assessing qualifications. All applicants must submit a sample of their original creative writing for the stage. This work should be approximately 30-40 minutes in playing time, and may comprise a part of a larger play (in which case we recommend submitting a portion that commences with the play�s opening). Only 1 writing sample will be considered by assessors and screenplays, radio plays, or teledramas will not be taken into consideration. All applicants must also submit a research statement which articulates what they wish to accomplish in their dissertation play and why they believe that the MRes in Playwriting Studies at the University of Birmingham is the most appropriate place to do this. There is no definitive list of issues to address in the statement, but students may wish to identify topics or themes that the script will explore, problems of writing craft the script will engage, and social or political imperatives the script will possess.

Course modules

Dramatic structure; media, form and genre; writing in context.

Sponsorship information

AHRB; Overseas Research Studentships (ORS); University scholarships; school of humanities scholarships.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 5,210 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 14,780 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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Postgraduate Enquiry Service
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