Taught course


Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Drama and Theatre

Entry requirements

UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1); or equivalent in a relevant subject . Professional qualifications and work experience in an associated area will be considered.

Two pieces of writing: an original piece of playwriting (at least 6 pages) and either an academic essay or two analyses of recent professional theatre productions that demonstrate how meaning is created in performance and are not merely a description of the show. (Approximately 2,000 words each.)

English language requirements:

IELTS score of 6.5 with 7.0 in writing and no sub-score below 5.5, for non-native English speaking applicants

Months of entry


Course content

This is a specialist programme in drama designed for those who aspire to work in playwriting and dramaturgy but would also benefi t anyone who wants to gain hands-on understanding of how to write for the stage. The course introduces students to basic craft skills of construction in playwriting, character, dialogue, subtext, scene structure, and style but also encourages students to create performance text for alternative theatre forms. Students also have the opportunity to work with many contemporary playwrights and theatremakers, and produce a portfolio of performance writing, including a finished full-length play. The class is taught at both our Egham campus and central London base in Bedford Square.

Information for international students

English Language requirements: IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 7 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 88 overall with 26 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dan Rebellato