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Previous degree required


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1 Year


Dr Michelle Paull

Senior Lecturer - Drama
020 8240 4009

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Delve into the world of the London playwright on a postgraduate theatre degree that gives you the opportunity to write and perform a staged reading of a full-length play.

Please note: this programme is for January 2019 entry.

Why study Playwriting?

Playwriting gives you the space, time and support needed to write your first full-length play. The Degree delves into the world of the playwright – reading and watching live theatre in London, investigating the fringe and new writing ‘scene’.

This Master's programme also offers a range of practical exercises to challenge and inspire you before writing your own final piece.

Why St Mary's?

Drama St Mary’s offers a range Drama training programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Our courses aim to offer the very best academic and practical instruction, underpinned by a supportive university environment. The programmes are taught by an experienced team of academics and a collection of professional visiting practitioners.

London is the theatre capital of the world, allowing you to benefit from a diverse variety of theatre and art. The degree expands on our established links with London theatre venues and organisations, giving you the most relevant and up-to-date training.

Drama St Mary's also offers Master's degrees in Theatre Directing (in collaboration with the Orange Tree Theatre) and London Theatre.

Teaching methods

You will be taught in small groups or individually. Some core modules are shared with the London Theatre students where you can share practice and create small networks.

Some of the programme is delivered as lecture/seminar sessions responding to work you have seen in London and meeting theatre professionals. 

Creative Workshop is a distinct module which offers playwriting ‘puzzles’ every week, challenging you to try new things, create your best work and gain valuable advice and support.

Assessment methods

Lecture seminars are assessed through essays. The remaining modules are assessed through creative written pieces, including your final playwriting project – your very own full-length play.

Key facts

  • Write and perform a staged reading of a full-length play
  • Delivered by a range of industry professionals
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus and on the doorstep of Central London's theatre scene
Please note: this programme is subject to validation.

Course content


  • Creative Workshop 
  • London Fringe 
  • London in Performance 
  • London Physical Theatre and Live Art 
  • Making Theatre 
  • Researching and Working in Theatre 
  • The Business of Playwriting and Marketing New Drama 
Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Career opportunities

Drama St Mary’s graduates have gone on to work in a range of related arts industries. Our courses prepare students to find consistent, professional work in their chosen field.

The module The Business of Playwriting aims to introduce students to a range of new writing networks as well as look closely at funding for projects, commissions, publishing and being a writer every day.


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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Home/EU: £7,000
International: £13,650
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The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2018 and 2019 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

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Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. 

For further information about additional costs please contact

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