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MA/MFA Voice Studies

Course Description


Voice Studies courses at Central are nationally and internationally renowned, giving a specialised education in the study and practice of the spoken voice. They have a close relationship with the celebrated International Centre for Voice, based at Central.

These courses are for graduates of appropriate disciplines who wish to follow a career in voice teaching and who seek specialised study and practice in voice and speech. They are particularly likely to appeal to professionals who already have an interest in, and knowledge
of, the voice and for applying it to the fields of performance practice, performance training or other related pedagogies, for example actors, directors, drama teachers, trained singers and speech therapists.

The MFA offers a further embedding of skills and concepts learnt during its second year. In some countries, the MFA is more recognised, particularly for those interested in teaching, or research in a higher education environment.


Workshops are provided with leading British, American, Swiss and New Zealand based voice practitioners, including Kristin Linklater, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Meribeth Bunch Dayme, Frankie Armstrong, Annie Ruth, and Jacob Lieberman.

For students studying the MFA Voice Studies, Central are delighted to announce our association with the University of Cincinnati, CCM Drama programmes under Professor Rocco Dal Vera and with the University of Minnesota’s Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor training programme, under D’Arcy Smith. Both of these influential and highly respected performance training organisations have offered on-going opportunities for Central students to engage with them during their second year MFA attachments in voice.


During the first three terms of both courses, assessment is through written work, practical projects and teaching practice. In the fourth term of the MA, students complete a dissertation or portfolio focusing on their specialist area of enquiry arising from the work of the course. In the MFA second year, assessment is by means of documents based on field experience and related research.

Visit the MA/MFA Voice Studies page on the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama website for more details!

Student Profiles

Embassy Postgraduate Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The combined awards add up to a total of £100,000 in available support ranging across both Open Awards and Postgraduate Support Scheme Awards. Open Awards will range in value between £2,000 and £5,000 each, and Postgraduate Support Scheme Awards will be allocated in the amount of £10,000 each.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Between £2,000 and £5,000 each


Home/EU/Overseas – Open Awards, Home/EU* – Postgraduate Support Scheme (must have been a £9,000 tuition fee payer for an undergraduate degree at a UK institution).

Application Procedure

Students interested in applying for an Embassy Postgraduate Scholarship must be holding an offer for an MA/MFA course by the deadline of 27 May 2016. All students holding offers by this date will be invited to apply for the Embassy Postgraduate Scholarships and will be sent an application form together with guidance notes.Criteria for the awards are based on a combination of merit (promise/ability shown in application form and at audition/interview) and hardship.For full information about eligibility criteria for these awards, please contact Central’s admissions office at [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An understanding of voice informed by appropriate work experience of at least two years is normally an essential prerequisite; or a degree (or equivalent) in a subject which has included an element of voice and speech studies. Graduates of other disciplines will be considered if they can provide evidence of previous training in voice and/or speech. You will also normally be required to have the equivalent of 20 hours teaching experience in the field of voice and/or performance-related subjects. Applicants without an undergraduate degree, but who have professional experience working with voice, will be considered for interviews.

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