Taught course

Voice Studies

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London · Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Entry requirements

An understanding of voice informed by appropriate work experience of at least two years is normally an essential prerequisite; or a degree/equivalent in a subject which has included an element of voice and speech studies. A top-up year for those with existing MA or PGDip in these subjects will be available from October 2013. Graduates of other disciplines will be considered if they can provide evidence of previous training in voice/speech. Applicants without a first degree (or equivalent), but who have professional experience working with voice for at least two years will be considered for interviews for non-standard entry.

Months of entry


Course content

A specialised education in the study and practice of the spoken voice for acting and performance. Central’s Voice Studies courses are nationally and internationally renowned and have a close relationship with the celebratedInternational Centre for Voice, based at Central.

These courses are for graduates of appropriate disciplines who wish to follow a career in voice teaching or speech training, and who seek specialised study and practice in voice and speech.

They are particularly likely to appeal to professionals who already have an interest in, and knowledge of, the voice and for applying it to the fields of performance practice, performance training or other related pedagogies, for example actors, directors, drama teachers, trained singers and speech therapists.

MA and MFA students study together for Terms One to Three. MA students complete their course in Term Four while the MFA extends into a second year, beginning in October.

Term One (MA and MFA) develops awareness of personal and professional needs and gives a foundation in practical skills, related academic disciplines, vocal pedagogy and research methods for the more applied work that follows.

Term Two (MA and MFA) builds on this by relating acquired knowledge and practical experience to the needs of others and seeks to develop growing confidence and abilities. Practical experience of teaching, both of groups and of individuals in institutions where voice work is relevant, begins in this term.

Term Three (MA and MFA) consolidates the work already done, extends the teaching experience in a variety of contexts, and allows for a deepening of thought about voice as a field of study. It includes advice on preparation for a professional career.

Term Four (of the MA) is focused entirely on the preparation and submission of a portfolio or dissertation.

The MFA second year widens the opportunities to develop voice knowledge within a variety of professional contexts in which pertinent questions can be asked, protocols tested and new structures suggested. This will involve a combination of workplace attachments, mentorships and reflective observation where appropriate. Students are encouraged to specialise in one or more directions, building on their first year’s teaching.

Students are expected to undertake tutorials and occasional seminars throughout the year, although these may be via Skype, as part of an ongoing process of pedagogical reflection and engagement leading to the submission of a final dissertation.

The MFA offers a further embedding of skills and concepts learnt during its second year. In some countries the MFA is more recognised, particularly for those interested in teaching, or researching in a higher education environment.


During the first three terms of both courses, assessment is through written work, practical projects and teaching practice.

In the fourth term of the MA, students complete a dissertation or portfolio focusing on their specialist area of enquiry arising from the work of the course.

In the MFA second year, assessment is by means of documents based on field experience and related research.

Information for international students

Central holds international auditions/interviews in New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Bogota. Please see Central’s website for details. To book an place please email admissions@cssd.ac.uk. If you are unable to attend in person, you may be offered the opportunity of a distance audition/interview.

Fees and funding

AHRC, Career Development Loans, Graduate Loans, or Professional Studies Loans. MA Voice Students at Central can also apply for The Wendy Greenhill Memorial Award.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Professional practice40
Dissertation30 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Admissions and Student Recruitment Office