Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

12 months
14667 GBP/year
8417 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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At various points, MA Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama  students work collectively with students from across Central’s postgraduate portfolio, emerging theatre practitioners and scholars with a range of specialisms and interests. 


The cultural hub of London is the venue for the MA Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA TCD). The course balances theoretical study of theatre and performance with the development of diverse skills for dramaturgy and criticism, with applications in scholarship and across the creative industries.

  • A unique course offering routes to dramaturgy and criticism through critical practice and scholarship 
  • Engages with its London context and embraces the diverse theatre offerings of the city 
  • Critical practice and theatre scholarship are central to the course

Our approach

Engaging with theatre and performance practice of the past and the present, and attuned to the economy and ecology of the landscapes in which it takes place, MA TCD students embrace Central’s unique status as a conservatoire and a University of London college. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Reviewing Performance
  • Shakespeare in London
  • Archiving Practices, Practising Archives
  • Critical Contexts
  • Performing Research
  • Cultural Landscapes.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is no formal closing date for direct applications




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • write a short (500 words) account or review of a performance that you have recently seen. Your account should state why this piece interests you and how it relates to broader issues in theatre.Please bring this with you to the interview
  • choose a piece of published critical writing (e.g. from an academic journal or book) and prepare to discuss this piece of writing at interview. This should be the work of another writer (that is, not your own work), should relate to theatre and performance, and should be published in English and available in an accessible format (e.g. .pdf). If possible, you should send the text, or a link, to the interviewer a week before the interview date.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14667 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14667 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8417 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8417 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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