24 months
14421 GBP/year
9324 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Studies in Writing for Performance from University of Cambridge is designed for postgraduate students who wish to develop high-level theoretical skills, and a vibrant and innovative creative practice within writing for a range of performance mediums.


Writing for Performance at University of Cambridge is defined as scripts for theatre, film/TV, radio drama, comedy, or text for performance art/poetry/installations, and for digital platforms. The programme aims to facilitate experimental creative writing practices, while developing students’ ability to think conceptually about performance theories, histories, traditions and forms.

Aims of the programme

The overall aims of the MSt in Writing for Performance are to:

  • enable students to develop high levels of expertise as writers of performance through engagement with forms of ‘embodied knowledge’, and ‘learning through doing’, within both group and individual contexts;
  • facilitate students’ creative practice, and to encourage originality and experimentation with narrative structures and story-telling;
  • use theory and philosophy to develop and enhance students’ creative practice through engagement with performance theory and the critical history of performance;
  • identify, encourage, and consolidate the distinct and individual strengths within students’ work;
  • explore, both critically and creatively, the world of dramatic writing across a range of performance genres and mediums;
  • develop skills relevant to professional development for those working in creative, pedagogic, or industry contexts;
  • create a safe and empathetic teaching environment that students can trust, in order that they may produce their most innovative creative work.

Programme Structure

  • The MSt in Writing for Performance is structured around four modules taught during year 1 of the course and a presentation module during year 2, each of which students must attend. Each of the four modules is preceded by guided preparatory reading and other activities, and followed by two writing assignments: one formative and one summative.
  • A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) offers learning support to students while they are on the programme, including learning resources, peer-to-peer and student-to-tutor discussion between modules to build a virtual community of practice.

Modules include:

  • Beginnings: Themes, Scenes and Voice
  • Dramaturgy: Structure, Character, Dialogue
  • Collaboration: Production, Direction, Performance
  • Professional Engagement

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.i honours degree or overseas equivalent.
  • There is provision to accept non-standard applicants who do not satisfy the standard academic criterion. Such applicants must produce evidence of relevant and equivalent experience and their suitability for the course.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14421 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28842 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    9324 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18648 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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