This course allows you to research and direct your own work as part of a final practical project and written thesis, supported by staff and professional-level facilities.
It is delivered in partnership with several local and regional theatre companies, providing placement opportunities alongside the practical and academic study of theatre directing. This preapres you practically and intellectually for a career in theatre directing. We only recruit a small cohort to ensure you have access to the support required.
Modules include Dramatic Structure, Directors Workshop, and Professional Preparation. Dramatic Structure is undertaken alongside students on our long-standing MRes Playwriting course, enhancing collaboration with writers.
Over the course of the year you will work towards a Dissertation Portfolio, which will comprise a short, focused creative practice project and an extended piece of writing.
Interested? Please get in touch with the Course Convenor Dr Adam Ledger. We are also happy to receive a draft research proposal should you wish to submit this prior to your formal application.
Through tutor-led and small group exercises you will explore advanced analysis of text in relation to the practical demands of directing, explore skills in staging, experience working with elements of technical choices and consider different approaches to working with actors and the collaborative process of producing performance.
This module addresses key dramaturgical terms, introduces you to a range of dramatic approaches and centres on three case studies. It is taught in collaboration with MRes Playwriting.
This module takes the form of an assistantship placement with a local or regional company. Our partners include the BE Festival, Birmingham REP, Stan's Cafe, Theatre Absolute, the New Vic, and Talking Birds. Students are also able to negotiate their own placements, either in the UK or abroad, and a small bursary is available to support this.
The Dissertation Portfolio represents the culmination of the year’s work in practical and theoretical approaches to the creation and/or facilitation of live performance. The Portfolio will comprise a short, focused creative practice project and an extended piece of writing. Each piece of work is weighted equally in the final assessment of this module, and they will be developed, undertaken, and examined together.
Fees and funding
We charge an annual tuition fee.* Fees for 2015/16 are as follows:
- Home / EU: £5,152
- Overseas: £14,295
*NB: Due to the nature of this course, it is subject to a £1,100 bench fee which is included in the fee quoted above.
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students.
Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments. Learn more about postgraduate tuition fees and funding.
Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme
For 2015 entry the University has 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups. These scholarships have been jointly funded by the British Government; the allocation of the awards, which is the fourth highest in the UK, further cements Birmingham?s place amongst the very best higher education institutions for postgraduate study. The application deadline is 31 July 2015.
Learn more about entry requirements
We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
As well as demonstrable previous theatre directing experience, the typical entry requirement is a good 2:1 undergraduate degree or above. International applicants should also take note of the English language requirements. Successful applicants will also be called for interview.
References and a personal statement will be required as part of the online application form, along with a research proposal. Although to some extent provisional, the research proposal should demonstrate what practical project you would wish to undertake at the end of the degree programme, its aims and how it will be written about in the accompanying thesis. The Graduate School’s pages give further information as to how to structure the research proposal.
Please note that for the 2015 entry MRes Directing will not be offered on a part time basis.
There are regular announcements as to potential funding and bursaries: please look closely at the Graduate School and University Postgraduate Funding Database for the latest information.
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