MFA Playwriting

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Our two-year MFA gives you the opportunity to launch your career as a playwright with a full run in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

  • Napier code:

    54775MM

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Award:

    MFA

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Course introduction

This course has been launched to extend a great opportunity for trainee playwrights. Working in the heart of the festival city, there will be time to work with actors on all years of the BA Acting & English and the BA Acting for Stage & Screen courses. You will be working in a variety of ways, and working alongside trainee directors to workshop and stage new work. You'll have dedicated, industry-recognised mentors providing support throughout your training time and you’ll be studying in one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world.


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The course is structured over five trimesters and along with many opportunities to write in various styles on a number of projects, you will study:

  • Dramatic Story and Structure 

  • Script Analysis 

  • Applied Playwriting 

  • Professional Preparation

  • Festival Production


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

While we can’t predict the future, we can be certain that an ever-expanding range of entertainment platforms will require an ever-expanding range of content. We believe that writers trained in the core skills of good story-telling, creating compelling and engaging characters and dialogue, finding a variety of ways to adapt their work to different contexts and media, and understanding a variety of marketing possibilities will mean that the writers will be able to adapt their work to a variety of platforms. This course aims to train such graduates, who can see unlimited potential and a variety of opportunities for themselves in many areas of the entertainment and writing/publishing industries.


Entry requirements are a Bachelor (Honors) Degree at a 2:2 or above,ideally with a background in Drama or Humanities.

English Language requirements 

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test.  The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with 7.0 with no individual component score less than 6.5.  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.


Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Home/EU £3,750 £5,850
Overseas £12,620 £13,000

This course is studied over two academic years, fees listed are per annum and based on your cohort.

Fees for Home/EU students in the 2017/18 cohort remain at £3,750 for year 1 and year 2 of their course.

Fees for Home/EU students in the 2018/19 cohort are currently being reviewed and may change, however they will remain the same for both year 1 and year 2 of their course.