Explore the theory and craft of writing for performance in a highly practical programme led by a professional playwright.
Please note that we are not accepting applications to study this programme in 2021. If you are interested in joining us another year, applications usually open in October (e.g. October 2021 for September 2022 entry).
Led by award-winning playwright Nicola McCartney, our MSc in Playwriting is unique in the UK for its level of contact with the theatre industry. It will appeal to emerging playwrights, directors, dramaturges, performance artists and critics.
Completed over one year (full-time), or two years (part-time), the programme focuses not only on the craft of writing for performance, but also on how a script plays out in real space and time, and in front of an audience.
You will be taught through a dynamic combination of seminars, workshops, one-to-one supervision and professional masterclasses by some of Europe’s leading playwrights and theatre artists. Previous and regular collaborators include world famous and award-winning practitioners such as Cora Bissett, Sir Michael Boyd, Gregory Burke, Kai Fischer, Tanika Gupta, Philip Howard, Rosie Kellagher, Lucy Kirkwood, Matthew Lenton, Linda McLean, Orla O'Loughlin, Adura Onashile, Robin Soanes and John Tiffany.
A core component of the degree is a series of workshops, facilitated by Playwrights' Studio Scotland, to develop your own work with professional actors and directors, culminating in a public, professional reading of your work-in-progress at the internationally renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Why study for an MSc in Playwriting in Edinburgh?
Edinburgh is a theatre city, home to the world’s largest theatre festival and a lively, thriving and diverse year-round theatre scene.
As a student on the Playwriting MSc programme, you’ll benefit from established links with leading theatres and organisations, including Traverse Theatre, Scotland’s new writing theatre, the Royal Lyceum, one of the UK’s leading repertory theatres, and Playwrights' Studio Scotland.
The University of Edinburgh has a long and rich tradition of student drama. Based in Bedlam Theatre, the oldest student-run theatre in the UK, the Edinburgh University Theatre Company has helped to develop an array of outstanding theatrical talent over the years, with alumni making reputations and careers in professional theatre.
By the end of the programme, you will have written at least two short works and one full-length piece for live performance.