Taught course

Theatre Directing: Text and Production

University of East Anglia · School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC)

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good Honours degree - UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent. Applicants must submit a sample of written work relevant to the course, (essay from undergraduate degree) for assessment. Please visit UEA’s website for complete details.

Months of entry


Course content


The MA in Theatre Directing at UEA is one of the longest established in England. One of the founding principles of the MA has always been to establish a firm connection between the academic or critical study of dramatic texts and the director’s work with actors. The course acts as a forum for the comparative study of theatre production in several different cultures, often working in the Studio to search for points of intersection between the verbal, emotional and the physical.


Students get the opportunity in this MA to direct undergraduates in formal contexts where directors and actors will be assessed. There is a regular Scene Class where directors are encouraged to range generically and historically while practising newly learned techniques. Students pursue their chosen modes of practical research independently, producing a written dissertation, a public production, or various combinations of the two. There is even possibility to combine placement at a professional theatre, or Drama School, with written recording and analysis of the rehearsal process, participating as assistant director.


The fully equipped Studio Theatre provides an ideal venue for classes, with regular visits from theatre writers, directors and other practitioners. One of the strong appeals of the MA Theatre Directing: Text and Production at UEA is its place within the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, where students benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to their learning, working with experts in other schools of study to tailor their degree.


All areas of study and explorative research depend on the individual’s interests, ingenuity, strengths and career plans, which may include teaching, writing or doctoral research as well as professional directing. Choices and development will be regularly discussed with each student in personal tutorials.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Fees and funding

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities. This funding is part of UEA’s dedication to developing and enhancing postgraduate education in all disciplines of the Arts and Humanities.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to students in the following areas of study:

  • American Studies
  • Art History and World Art Studies
  • Film and Television
  • History
  • Language and Communication Studies
  • Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
  • Philosophy
  • Political, Social and International Studies

As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at UEA for further information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515