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. The course is delivered in partnership with several local and regional theatre companies, providing placement opportunities alongside practical and academic study of theatre directing.
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.
Please note that for the 2014 entry MRes Directing will not be offered on a part time basis.
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 a placement with a local or regional company. Our partners include the BE Festival, Birmingham REP, Stans 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.
We charge an annual tuition fee.* Fees for 2014/15 are as follows:
Home / EU: full-time - £4,450
Overseas: full-time - £13,065
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.
University of Birmingham graduates - including those due to graduate in summer 2014 - may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.
*Please note, due to the nature of this course, it is subject to a £1,100 bench fee.
There are regular announcements as to potential funding and bursaries: please look closely at the Graduate School and University website for the latest information.
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 not of the English language requirements. Successful applicants will also be called for interview.