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.
Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time)
We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.
Value of Scholarship(s)
To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16 Domiciled in the UK/EU Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13) Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time
If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme
Either a minimum second-class honours degree from a UK university (or a directly comparable qualification from a non-UK university), together with some significant experience of professional or professional-level theatre; or an undergraduate- or postgraduate-level diploma from a recognised UK drama school (or a directly comparable qualification from a non-UK drama school), together with some significant experience of professional or professional-level theatre (normally 3 years); or extensive professional experience. Considerable importance will be attached to your ability to demonstrate commitment to professional theatre directing. If you are considered to be initially qualified, you will then be interviewed.
Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa
Recipient: Birkbeck, University of London
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