Taught course

Playwriting and Screenwriting

Institution
University of St Andrews · School of English
Qualifications
MLitt

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. At the discretion of staff, this requirement may occasionally be waived for candidates who demonstrate exceptional talent in their creative submission.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MLitt in Playwriting and Screenwriting is a one-year taught programme run by the School of English. In this course, you will develop your skills in writing for radio, theatre and screen with an emphasis on your individual voice and style.

You will graduate with a portfolio of pieces and an understanding of how to approach theatres, secure commissions and work as a playwright.

The MLitt will provide you with technically-oriented tuition by leading contemporary playwrights and world-class academics, with an emphasis on best practice in recent and contemporary writing.

Highlights

  • Individual mentors help you to hone your creative practice and to further develop your expressive voice.
  • The course emphasises best practice in recent and contemporary writing, and modules are taught by award-winning professional playwrights.
  • Small class sizes of no more than ten students allow for extremely high levels of individual attention.
  • The course is delivered in the Byre Theatre Studio, making full use of a professional theatre.
  • Students have the opportunity to meet and work with professional theatre directors, actors and writers while studying in St Andrews.

Teaching format

The course consists of two semesters with taught components followed by an individual creative writing project taking place over the whole year, but with particular focus during the last three months.

Teaching methods include weekly seminars, dramaturgy workshops and individual tutorials. Class sizes typically range from three to ten students, ensuring high levels of individual attention. Modules are assessed through sample scenes, play scripts, screenplays and essays.

Students will participate in a number of theatre visits and will be required to meet additional costs of approximately £200.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,450
International students
£19,400

There are a variety of funding options available for postgraduate students. For more details visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    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 Secretary
Email
pgeng@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 2668