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MA/MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media


Royal Central School of Speech & Drama Graduate School

Full time & Part time October MA, Other MA: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time. MFA: 2 years full-time

About the course

The MA/MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media offers a vocational training in writing drama across a range of different media contexts. 

Both the MA and MFA courses provide the opportunity for you to develop the core competencies and skills of the dramatist, to explore your ‘voice’, to develop your confidence in your own writing and to understand the different media contexts within which you might work as a professional scriptwriter. 

  • Train to write drama for different media including theatre, film, television and radio 
  • Study the history of dramatic writing and explore its future 
  • Work with actors and be taught by industry professionals

In the past, students have also had the opportunity to study optional units on writing within other contexts, for example, writing

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Entry Requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree in the broad field of literary and/or performance and drama studies; or a first degree and sufficient experience of either writing or drama practice; or have appropriate professional experience; or can otherwise demonstrate your potential to undertake this form of postgraduate study successfully. An offer will normally only be made after interview.

An MFA top-up year for those with an existing MA in writing for dramatic media is available. During this year writers will produce two ‘calling card’ scripts and a professional development portfolio.


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Student Profile(s)

Katherine Soper, Graduated 2014, her play Wish List, won the Bruntwood Prize and premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre before transferring to the Royal Court.

It’s safe to say that without Central’s support I would never have written Wish List. Having that year gave me the space to experiment with my writing without feeling exposed, and helped me be disciplined about elements like plot structure and dramatic action that I’d previously found difficult to navigate on my own.


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