This Master’s degree offers professionally recognised training for theatre directors. It is the result of a unique collaboration between Birkbeck and the Arts Council England, Equity and UK Theatre. The programme has been planned in close co-operation with a wide range of distinguished theatre practitioners.

Find out about the work of recently graduated directors and read ourguide for applicants 2019-20.

Students on the MFA Theatre Directing can apply for a number of bursaries towards fees awarded on the basis of financial need. It is not possible to apply for these bursaries in advance of being offered a place on the MFA Theatre Directing; successful applicants will be given further details once admitted to the programme.

Study Details:

MFA 2 years part-time

Module Details:

  • Course Induction (MFA Theatre Directing): Unit A
  • The Director and Directing: Dissertation
  • The Director and Production: Dissertation
  • The Director and the Actor: Unit B
  • The Director and the Author: Unit D
  • The Director and the Designer: Unit E
  • The Director and the Industry: Unit F

Student Destinations

Recent graduates have directed productions at prestigious theatres including: the National Theatre, the RSC, the Royal Court, English National Opera, the Almeida, the Young Vic, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Gate and in the West End. Others have established their own companies, such as Coney, Curious Directive, Rough Fiction, commonpractice and Red Herring.

Many graduates have directed at regional theatres, including Sheffield Theatres, the Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse, and many have assisted on productions at the RSC, the National Theatre, the Globe, the Old Vic, the Young Vic and in the West End.


Full-time home/EU students: £8350 pa Full-time international students: £15200 pa

Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

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