University of Derby

University of Derby

Writing for Performance

This course is designed for students who wish to develop their writing skills in the field of live and recorded performance. Studio practice will be at the heart of the programme. Taking the premise of David Edgar that performance writing is both an art and a craft; the programme will divide from the start into both exploration of the students' own work and study of the contemporary and historical canon.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from students with a good 1st degree in a relevant discipline or related disciplines to the MA. The usual minimum entry requirement is a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent. Evidence must be provided of comparable experience and research in your 1st degree. All applicants must be able to demonstrate ability to research, to organise information and to write coherent and creative work. All candidates will usually be interviewed, ensuring that we offer the appropriate academic support for the candidate�s creative development. We may also require submission of a portfolio of creative writing. For candidates whose first language is not English, we require students to have an IELTS standard of at least 7.0 or its equivalent.

Course modules

Performance writing (the art form); performance writing (the craft); producers and markets; advanced workshop practice; creative project.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment types are utilised, including critical based essays, project proposals, reflective essays and extended research projects.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 495 per Module (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,260 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 495 per Module (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 495 per Module (home fees) 3 years
MA Part-time £ 495 per Module (EU fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Kedleston Road Campus Derby DE22 1GB East Midlands

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