English Literature

How you’ll study

What's involved in completing this MSc.

The MSc in Playwriting is taught through a combination of seminars, workshops, independent study, one-to-one supervision and professional masterclasses. There are also regular theatre visits.

Over the programme’s duration, you’ll take three core courses, and one optional course chosen from a wide range of subjects. You’ll be assessed through a combination of portfolio work and essays.

The two core courses on ‘The Craft of the Playwright’ are worth 40 credits each; the core course on ‘Time and Space of Performance’ is worth 20 credits, as is the optional course.

The final element of the programme is your dissertation, a 100 minute, full-length play (worth 60 credits), written with the advice and support of the Programme Director, and developed through two, week-long workshops and readings with a professional director and actors. The second of these will include a live, public, rehearsed reading of your work-in-progress as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Find out more about our core and optional courses for the MSc in Playwriting