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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa

This Master's degree offers a professionally recognised training for theatre directors. It is the result of a unique collaboration between Birkbeck and the National Council for Drama Training, Arts Council England, Equity and the Theatrical Management Association. The programme has been planned in close co-operation with a wide range of distinguished theatre practitioners.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
The programme is practice-centred and predominantly practice-based.
Direct input of professional theatre practitioners: Mike Leigh, Vicki Mortimer, Simon Stephens and Sam West have been recent contributors.
Includes a 6-month secondment with a theatre company, providing the opportunity to direct and work with professional actors.
Extended mentoring relationships between students and professional directors.
An opportunity for the student to establish a relationship with a professional drama school offering a course or courses accredited by NCDT.
Regular observation of the course by a highly experienced group of professional directors under the umbrella of NCDT.
Participation in the teaching of the course by a substantial number of experienced theatre practitioners.
We have a range of world-class research resources.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.5, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.

Visit the Theatre Directing (MFA) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!





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