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MA Dramatic Writing - Drama Centre London

Course Description


MA Dramatic Writing is a new course, exploring new models of training for dramatic writers in the UK. The course brings together ten Masters who have led on dramatic writing training in the UK: Ola Animashawun, Stephen Jeffreys, Caroline Jester, Fin Kennedy, Kate Rowland, Philip Shelley, Nina Steiger, Jennifer Tuckett, Steve Winter, and John Yorke. The course offers the best training in craft in the UK, industry commissions, partnerships and mentorship, collaboration with actors, directors, designers and animators, and the opportunity to work on your own major projects. Our aim is to help nurture the next generation of leading writers.


MA Dramatic Writing aspires to be at the forefront of dramatic writing training in the UK.

We attempt to achieve this via exploring how best to train dramatic writers in the UK, by providing:

The best possible training in craft

Industry collaborations, projects and partnerships which supply our students with connections, industry training and experience and access to new and leading ideas

Via collaboration with other Drama Centre courses which give our students with connections to actors, directors, designers and animators in their peer group which we hope they will continue to develop throughout their careers.

The course brings together 10 Masters who have led on the training of Dramatic Writing in the UK and offers regular industry commissions, collaborations and partnerships, offering students a chance to build up connections and experience and to explore and be a part of new ideas developing in the dramatic writing industry.

The course aims to cover all of the skills you will need to pursue a successful and sustainable career as a writer.
In Unit One, students learn craft in all five forms of dramatic writing (theatre, television, film, radio and digital media) and take part in industry commissions and projects.

In Unit Two, you will have the opportunity to pursue your own portfolio of work, exploring and developing your voice and vision as a writer and working in a way which replicates working practices in the industry.
Via this structure, our aim is to provide students with the skills, experience, connections, credits and portfolio of work they need to go on to pursue successful and sustainable careers as writers.

The course is also dedicated to exploring the best possible training of dramatic writers in the UK and staff and changing commissions and projects offer an exciting opportunity to work with the professionals and on the projects who are currently leading the way in the industry.

Our aim is for our graduates to go on to work in and become leaders and/or a part of the dramatic writing industry both in London, regionally and internationally.


The Course is of 60 weeks in duration, arranged across two academic years that consist of 6 terms of 10 weeks.

MADW is credit rated at 180 credits and is comprised of two Units:

Unit 1 (60 credits) for the first 20 weeks of the Course

Unit 2 (120 credits) that runs for the remaining 40 weeks.

Both units must be passed in order to achieve the MA, but the classification of the award of MA derives from your mark for Unit 2 only.

Visit the MA Dramatic Writing - Drama Centre London page on the University of the Arts London website for more details!

Student Profiles

UAL Postgraduate Funding and Scholarships Schemes - 20+ Awards

University of the Arts London is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to those wishing to study at postgraduate level.
These awards are funded by generous private donations, company donations, philanthropic charities and University funds. The scholarships range from fee waivers to full support for a year or more.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £25,000


To see whether you are eligible for one of our postgraduate scholarships, visit the UAL website by following the link below.

Application Procedure

To find out whether you are eligible for one of our postgraduate scholarships, or to see details of application procedures and application forms, visit the UAL website by following the link below.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An Honours degree; OR evidence of experiential learning equivalent to an Honours degree;OR 3 years relevant professional experience. Your application must include up to two dramatic scripts written for any media. All classes are conducted in English. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one paper, or equivalent.

Course Fees

Home/EU: £4,375 per year. International: £11,070 per year. Home/EU alumni receive a £500 discount.

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