Our University's Lakeside Theatre runs an exciting programme of plays, music, comedy and workshops, as well as offering voluntary and paid work experience opportunities to our students.
Our MA Playwriting focuses on key aspects of the playwright’s craft, such as dramatic structure, poetic drama, radio writing, and playwriting in the community, and allows you to
develop your unique dramatic voice while creating a varied portfolio of works. All MA courses are available on a full or part-time basis.
Our course combines a series of specialist playwriting modules, which prepare you for undertaking a full-length playwriting project supervised by our experienced tutors. Modules include:
You will be taught by award-winning dramatists, including Elizabeth Kuti, Annecy Lax and
Jonathan Lichtenstein, whose plays have been produced in London, Edinburgh and Dublin,
as well as for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4.
A variety of scholarships and funding are available for postgraduate study.
Our campus is home to the Lakeside Theatre, which runs a diverse and challenging
programme of plays, live art and comedy
and has a fully equipped 200-seat auditorium and an experimental studio laboratory.
You can develop your creative practice by becoming involved in the Lakeside Theatre Writers
group and our Research Laboratory.
Research seminars and events
Throughout the year you can expand your experience beyond what you study on your course by attending our weekly
research seminars and
as well as writers talks as part of our Writers at Essex series.
We also hold major conferences and symposia, and as a postgraduate student, you have the opportunity to be involved in organising and presenting at our
annual MA conference.
Languages for All
Reading texts in their original language can be a real advantage for postgraduate research. Our
Languages for All scheme allows you to study a language alongside your course at no extra cost.
Fees and scholarships
Find about our fees and scholarships. If you would like any further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our academic staff
Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their expertise across literature, film, creative writing and drama. Find out more by reading their staff profiles.
Three-quarters of our research is rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014). We do both creative
and critical work across genres and media forms using a distinctly comparative approach.
Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the
Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).