Taught course

Writing For Performance

University of Derby · College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from students with a good first degree in a relevant discipline or related disciplines to the MA. The usual minimum entry requirement is a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent. Evidence must be provided of comparable experience and research in your first degree. All applicants must be able to demonstrate ability to research, to organise information and to write coherent and creative work. All candidates will usually be interviewed, ensuring that we offer the appropriate academic support for the candidate’s creative development. We may also require submission of a portfolio of creative writing. For candidates whose first language is not English, we require students to have an IELTS standard of at least 7.0 or its equivalent.


Months of entry


Course content

This course offers you the opportunity to write for film, television, radio, new media and theatre. Independent writers, directors and developers are on staff, as well as specialist academics in the field. Our strong links in the industry include QUAD Arts Centre and Cinema, the BFI, the BBC and Creative England. Our experience and knowledge of professional writing in these environments allow us to support you towards a sustainable career in writing.

Our unique Learning Theatre provides a stimulating learning environment, in a professional arena with vital industry contacts. You will be warmly welcomed into a vibrant community of artists and makers across a range of creative fields. You will have access to screenings, performances, speakers, exhibitions, and events in the city and at University. These are excellent opportunities to be inspired, to network and meet friends and future collaborators.

Fees and funding

UK students
£580 per 20 credits
International students
£12,000 for the full programme

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Christine Templeton-Parker
+44 (0)1332 590500