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Studying postgraduate courses in 2020-2021 – Michaelmas term to be delivered remotely

For the Michaelmas term of the 2020-2021 Academic Year this course is being taught remotely. This means there will be no face-to-face teaching and you will not need to be present in person in Cambridge.  The course content will be delivered, and the learning outcomes met, through the use of video-based teaching platforms and a dedicated course Virtual Learning Environment. Face-to-face teaching will resume when it is safe and possible to do so.

The dates for modules 1 and 2 listed below have been extended by a day due to the change to remote delivery for the Michaelmas term 2020. 

The deadline for applications for this course has been extended to 31st May 2020. If you would like to have an informal discussion on academic matters before making your application the Course Director, Abigail Docherty would be happy to speak with you remotely. She can be contacted via e-mail at

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Writing for Performance is designed for postgraduate students who wish to develop high-level theoretical skills, and a vibrant and innovative creative practice within writing for a range of performance mediums. Writing for Performance is defined as scripts for theatre, film/TV, radio drama, comedy, or text for performance art/poetry/installations, and for digital platforms. The programme aims to facilitate experimental creative writing practices, while developing students’ ability to think conceptually about performance theories, histories, traditions and forms.

Watch a recording of the webinar Meet the Tutor: MSt in Writing for Perfomance with course directors Abigail Docherty and Fraser Grace.

Progression for students who have completed this course is provided in a number of ways: some students may progress onto a PhD in Creative Writing or in English Literature at other Universities, or they could go on to study the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing at ICE.


Fees & funding


The fees for 2020 will be £9,054 per annum for Home/EU students and £13,734 per annum for overseas students. The combined graduate fee includes college membership. The fee can be paid in eight equal instalments. Students on this course can apply to Wolfson, St Edmund's, Selwyn or Lucy Cavendish.

Students will be expected to cover the application fee (£65 online) and any costs of travel. The cost of accommodation during the modules (assuming that face-to-face teaching has resumed by that point) at Madingley Hall is £60 per night. Additional nights accommodation before or after the residential session can be arranged if rooms are available. Please note that, although you will be a member of a college, you will not be entitled to college accommodation.


For information on a loan from Student Finance England for course fees and a contribution towards living costs, please see

The Institute of Continuing Education does not offer any of its bursaries for this course.

Course dates

28 Sep 2020 to 01 Jul 2022

Course duration

2 Years

Apply by

31 May 2020

Course fee

Home: £18,108
Overseas: £27,468

Course director

Academic director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

Master of Studies

Course code