University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh


This programme focuses on the practical exploration of the theory and craft of writing for performance; it explores how a script is written to be interpreted by the key creative artists in theatre and how that script plays out in real space and time in front of an audience.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree or equivalent professional experience; applicants must supply a portfolio of writing for live performance of around 45 minutes playing time: a selection of extracts from the candidates writing rather than sending full scripts; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

Course modules

Compulsory courses: the craft of the playwright 1; the craft of the playwright 2; time and space of performance. Option courses may include: film and the other arts; Pirandello; postmodern debates; Russian theatre: from the modernist impulse to the present; Spanish golden age theatre: performance and engagement; theatre and society; theatre, performance and performativity; twentieth-century Spanish theatre.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 8,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
0131 650 4114