Research course


University of Birmingham · Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

Entry requirements

As well as demonstrable previous theatre directing experience, the typical entry requirement is a good 2:1 undergraduate degree or above. International applicants should also take note of the English language requirements. Successful applicants will also be called for interview. References and a personal statement will be required as part of the online application form, along with a research proposal. Although to some extent provisional, the research proposal should demonstrate what practical project you would wish to undertake at the end of the degree programme, its aims and how it will be written about in the accompanying thesis. The Graduate School’s pages give further information as to how to structure the research proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

This course aims to prepare you practically and intellectually for a career in theatre directing. The course is delivered in partnership with several local and regional theatre companies (see Professional Preparation module), providing placement opportunities alongside practical and academic study of theatre directing.

Modules include Dramatic Structure, Directors Workshop, and Professional Preparation. Dramatic Structure is undertaken alongside students on our long-standing MRes Playwriting course, enhancing collaboration with writers.

This course allows you to research and direct your own work as part of a final practical project and written thesis, supported by staff and professional-level facilities.

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Department specialisms

Performance and popular culture Theatre and space Actor training Community theatre Theatre and learning disability Shakespeare on stage and film Theatre and modernism Dramaturgy Theatre and political economy Nineteenth century theatre and performance Theatre and science Theatre history and historiography

Information for international students

The University of Birmingham has a long tradition of hospitality to overseas students. Students study in a diverse and multicultural community on and off campus. Students also become part of a rich postgraduate environment through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,210 FT
International students
£14,780 FT

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005