English Literature


The MSc Playwriting is a unique and practical masters programme in playwriting which will appeal to emerging playwrights, directors, dramaturges, performance artists and critics alike.


The programme is led by award-winning playwright Nicola McCartney (Lifeboat, Heritage, Standing Wave) and 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.

The programme can be followed full-time over one year, or part-time over two years. You will be taught through a dynamic combination of seminars, workshops, one to one supervision and professional master-classes by some of Europe’s leading playwrights and theatre artists.

A core component of the degree features development workshops with professional actors and directors, focusing on your own work. You will attend performances at Edinburgh theatres and will also be encouraged and supported to build links to the professional theatre scene in Edinburgh and beyond.

The academic year will culminate in a public, professional reading of your work-in-progress at the internationally renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

You will also automatically be entered into the David Maclennan Award competition, the winner of which will receive a guaranteed professional production of their work at the hugely successful A Play, A Pie and a Pint at Oran Mor, Glasgow, which now has franchises across the world.