English Literature


Study at one of the world’s top 20 universities, in a city that is home to the world’s largest theatre festival.

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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.

The professional development of your work will be facilitated by Playwrights Studio Scotland, Scotland’s playwriting agency which offers support and funding opportunities to playwrights at all levels.

The University

The University of Edinburgh has long hosted a particularly vibrant tradition of student drama. The Edinburgh University Theatre Club has helped to develop an array of outstanding theatrical talent over the years, with alumni making reputations and careers in professional theatre.

The city of Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a theatre city, home to both the internationally renowned Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest theatre festival. Beyond the Festival month the city hosts a lively, thriving and diverse theatre scene. The Traverse Theatre, Scotland’s new writing theatre with an international reputation, and the Royal Lyceum Theatre, one of the UK’s leading repertory theatres, are also located within the city and the MSc Playwriting boasts links with both.