Taught course

Writing for Performance and Publication

Institution
University of Leeds · School of Performance and Cultural Industries
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons). If you don’t meet this requirement, an exception can be made if you can demonstrate significant relevant industry experience.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Discover how to write for theatre, radio, film, television, and prose fiction, in collaboration with creatives and researchers who are actively engaged in the cultural industries.

This course allows you to engage with a wide variety of genres from both creative and critical perspectives. You’ll develop your imaginative writing skills and analyse the writing process, with opportunities to produce practical work in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Our diverse but close-knit community of professional writers, creative practitioners, and innovative researchers are dedicated to developing emerging talent. You’ll be encouraged to test the limits of style and genre, and to explore how your work connects with our increasingly complex world.

You’ll have opportunities to pursue areas of interest, including tailored pathways in screenwriting or writing for theatre. You can also gain industry experience by delivering a project in collaboration with an external partner.

Leeds has a thriving cultural scene, and our industry connections allow you to work closely with local theatres, museums, radio stations, television studios, publishers, and more. Our partnership with Leeds Playhouse offers a programme of specially created joint writing projects, work experience placements, and workshops with leading creatives.

Specialist facilities

Our School is based in stage@leeds, a purpose-built landmark building that sits at the heart of campus. As our student, you’ll have access to its two professional standard, publicly licensed theatres: the main space seats 180 and is equipped with the latest technologies, and the theatre studio provides a technically advanced performance research facility.

stage@leeds hosts a range of work by students and visiting theatre companies all year round. Within the building you’ll also find rehearsal rooms, two black-box studios, costume construction and wardrobe stores, a design studio, a scenic workshop, computer aided design facilities and video-editing and sound recording.

Explore our facilities

Extensive resources

Leeds University Library is one of the UK’s major academic research libraries, and has extensive holdings to support your studies including Special Collections offering a huge range of rare books, manuscripts and art.

Highlights include materials relating to Leeds Playhouse, the English Stage Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, as well as the archives of dramatists, directors and choreographers like Wole Soyinka, Rudolph Laban, John Moody, and William Gaskill.

Many of the Library’s materials are available online, allowing you to access them from a distance. You’ll also have access to study services like one-to-one support and skills development workshops, which will help you to get the most out of your time with us.

Information for international students

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.


Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

We have a generous range of funding available for postgraduate study. Find out more on the University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarships database here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Email
pcipg@leeds.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)113 343 8710