Acting MFA – 2024 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2024

Study mode and duration
Full-time: 2 years

Why choose this course

Our innovative Acting MFA trains future generations of internationally renowned performers and teachers.

Delivered by Guildford School of Acting (GSA), one of the most highly regarded theatre schools in the UK, this course will provide you with acclaimed actor training alongside a sterling reputation and excellent industry links.

This unique course is led by expert teachers with extensive first-hand experience in the professional theatre sector in both the UK and internationally.

We keep our cohorts small to ensure you get personal attention and contact from our expert teachers, who have extensive first-hand experience in professional theatre in the UK and internationally.

Our campus boasts great transport links to London, so you’ll benefit from GSA’s close proximity to the heart of UK theatre in London’s West End.

GSA Acting & Performance

GSA's industry day

What you will study

Our innovative Acting MFA builds on the success of GSA’s current postgraduate course by extending the intensive training currently offered on our one-year Acting MA.

Our Acting MFA is highly selective and intensive. You’ll train over two years, taking classes in acting for stage and screen, voice, and movement, exploring a wide range of theatre traditions and performance styles in rehearsal projects and public productions, and participating in professional development events and masterclasses. The second year of the programme includes mentored opportunities for students to develop their own teaching practice and creative work. Your performance opportunities will include a short film project, a public production, and an industry digital showcase.

Please be aware: the course content and modules listed for this course are subject to change for the 2024/25 academic year, whilst we undertake a curriculum design review. Please contact the programme leader if you have any queries about the course.

Location

GSA is situated on the University of Surrey’s beautiful campus, offering students state-of-the-art purpose-built facilities within a lively university environment, just 10 minutes’ walk from Guildford town centre and only 34 minutes from central London by train.

Teaching and performance spaces

Students at GSA have access to purpose-built studios and tutorial rooms within the GSA building and across the University campus. The fully-equipped studio spaces are fitted with sprung floors and ballet barres.

Students will have the opportunity to train, practise and perform within the Ivy Arts Centre and Performing Arts Technology Studios on campus, which include the following:

  • 190-seat Bellairs Theatre
  • 80-seat Rex Doyle Studio Theatre
  • 128-seat Performing Arts Technology Studios (PATS) theatre
  • Founders Studio with a 128-capacity studio space
  • 15 dance and rehearsal studios (facilities include sound system, ballet barres, sprung floors, keyboard/piano)
  • 10 tutorial/practice rooms
  • Foyer area with café.

GSA productions are also presented in theatres and venues in and around Guildford and London.

Professional recognition

MFA - Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT)
Accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET).

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

GSA has an excellent reputation as a conservatoire, and graduates are sought for a variety of roles in the performing arts, as performers, creatives and as production staff. We consistently nurture students to become highly employable and resilient graduates, with a sophisticated toolkit of transferable skills. GSA offers careers advice throughout your study course and fully supports students with their first steps into the profession. We strive to ensure that our graduates develop the skills to help them enter the profession industry-ready.

GSA is part of the Federation of Drama Schools (FDS), the Alliance of Musical Theatre Conservatoires (AMTC) and the Global Conservatoire Alliance (GCA).

97 per cent of our Guildford School of Acting postgraduate students go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA).

Academic year structure

The Guildford School of Acting (GSA) delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Modules are subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Timetable

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester.

Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday) between 8am and 7pm – additionally, public production modules may require evening and weekend attendance depending on the production schedules.

View our code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

Applicants who can demonstrate exceptional talent, and can satisfy the panel of their ability to successfully complete the course, may also be considered. Variations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

International entry requirements by country

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have an Australian bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve one of the following: 

  • Bachelor (Honours) degree (four years) with 2:1 honours (division B / 2). ​
  • Bachelor ordinary degree (three Years) with Distinction (approximately 70%).

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve one of the following:

  • Bachelor (Honours) degree (four years) with 2:2 honours (division B / 2). ​
  • Bachelor ordinary degree (three years) with Credit (approximately 65%).

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.0 overall where 1 is the highest.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 overall where 1 is the highest.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have completed a Bakalavr/Specialist Diploma with a GPA of 4.3 or 77.5% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have completed a Bakalavr/Specialist Diploma with a GPA of 3.9 or 70% overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 4.7 or 85% overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have completed a four-year degree from a recognised Bangladesh university.

For courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of at least 3.25 out of 4.0 (65%), 3.5 out of 4.0 (70%), or 3.75 out of 4.0 (75%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (60%), 3.25 out of 4.0 (65%), or 3.5 out of 4.0 (70%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

You can apply for our undergraduate masters courses if you have a Belgian bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 14 out of 20 or 70% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 12 out of 20 or 60% overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a B overall, 65% or GPA 3.5 out of 5.0 at masters degree level.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a C overall, 55% or GPA 2.5 out of 5.0 at masters degree level.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Bacharel Licenciatura, Licenciado or professional title from a university in Brazil.

You can apply for our MPhil/PhD courses if you have a masters degree from a university in Brazil.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a minimum GPA of 7.5 out of 10. 

For courses that require a 2:2, you must achieve a minimum GPA of 6.5 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 8.5 out of 10.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree at 2:2 or above from Brunei University of Engineering, Business and Computing, Universiti Brunei Darussalam or Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree or GPA 3.2 / 65% from an honours degree. 

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree or GPA 2.7 / 55% from an honours degree.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a first-class honours degree.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree from a university in Bulgaria.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 5 out of 6.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 4 out of 6.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have a bachelors degree with either:

  • Grades of 70%, B overall, or a GPA of 3.0/4 where pass mark is 50%
  • Grades of 75%, B overall, or a GPA of 3.0/4 if the pass mark is 60%.

For degrees that require a UK 2:2, you must have either:

  • Bachelor’s degree, where pass mark is 60%, with 70%, GPA 2.5/4, GPA 5.1/9 or C overall
  • Bachelor’s degree, where pass mark is 50%, with 65%, GPA 2.5/4, GPA 5.1/9 or C overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, the grade requirement depends on the institution you have studied at in China. Our usual requirement is between 70% and 75% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve between 65% and 70% overall, depending on the institution at which you have studied.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA or 4.0 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA 3.0 out of 5.0.

You can apply for our MPhil/PhD courses if you have a masters degree.

UK degree classificationEquivalency
2:1A Bachelors degree (four years) or a pytchion (four years and from the University of Cyprus) with a minimum score of 7.0 out of 10. Alternatively, a Bachelors/ptychion certificate (four years) with a GPA of 3.5.
2:2A Bachelors degree (four years) or a ptychion (four years and from the University of Cyprus) with a minimum score of 6.5 out of 10. Alternatively, a Bachelors/ptychion certificate (four years) with a GPA of 3.0.
FirstA Bachelors degree (four years) or a ptychion (four years and from the University of Cyprus) with a minimum score of 8.3 out of 10. Alternatively, a Bachelors/ptychion certificate (four years) with a GPA of 4.0.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree from a university in the Czech Republic.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve either a GPA of 1.5, a B, velmi dobře ‘very good’ (post-2004) or 2.0, dobře ‘pass’ (pre-2004) in your bachelors degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve either a GPA of 2.0, a C, dobře ‘good’ (post-2004) or 3.0, dobře ‘pass’ (pre-2004) in your bachelor degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 10.0 out of 12.0 in Bachelors degree / Candidatus Philophiae / Diplomingenior / Professionsbachelor.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 12.0 in Bachelors degree / Candidatus Philophiae / Diplomingenior / Professionsbachelor.

For courses that require a UK 2:1, you must complete one of the following:

  • A bachelors degree from a recognised institution with 75% or GPA 3.0 overall
  • A bachelors degree from the American University of Cairo with 3.0 GPA or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must complete one of the following:

  • A bachelors degree from a recognised institution with 70% or GPA 2.8 overall
  • A bachelors degree from the American University of Cairo with 2.7 GPA or a C overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve either a GPA of 4.0, 81% or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve either a GPA of 3.0, 71% or a C overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Kandidaatti.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 out of 5.0.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a French Bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 12.0 out of 20.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 11 out of 20.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a German bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5, where 1 is the highest.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0, where 1 is the highest.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.25 or a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5 or a 2:2 honours degree.

If you are applying for a masters degree, it is compulsory to seek the support of our appointed in-country agent, at no extra cost, who receive extensive training from Surrey to support you with the application and visa process. Further details and contact information available.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with an overall score of 7.0 out of 10 from a university recognised by NARIC/Eccits.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with an overall score of 6.5 out of 10 from a university recognised by NARIC/Eccits.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a first-class honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a Egyetemi Oklevél (university diploma) with a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0. Or a Főiskolai Oklevél (college diploma) with a GPA of 4.51 out 5.0. Or Alapfokozat with 4.0 out of 5.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a Egyetemi Oklevél (university diploma) with a GPA of 3.51 out of 5.0. Or a Főiskolai Oklevél (college diploma) with a GPA of 4.0 out 5.0. Or Alapfokozat with 3.51 out of 5.0 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve at least an overall average of 60% or 65% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve at least an overall average of 55% or 60% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve at least an overall average of 65% or 70% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a Sarjana 1/Diploma IV with a 3.0-3.5 GPA, depending on the BAN-PT accreditation status of your institution of study.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a Sarjana 1/Diploma IV with a 2.8-3.3 GPA, depending on the BAN-PT accreditation status of your institution of study.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a Sarjana 1/Diploma IV with at least a 3.5 GPA overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 15.0 out of 20.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 12.0 out of 20.0 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree (four years) with 75% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree (four years) with 70% overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve a bachelors degree (four years) with 80% overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have an Irish bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have an Italian bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve the Licenza di Accademia di Belle Arti certificate or Diploma di Laurea with an average minimum mark of 90 out of 110 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve the Licenza di Accademia di Belle Arti certificate or Diploma di Laurea with an average minimum mark of 80 out of 110 overall.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Japanese bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a minimum of 76% or a B+ overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a minimum score of 70% or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a minimum score of 82% or an A overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 76% overall or a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 68% overall or a GPA of 2.6 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 84% overall or a GPA of 4.0 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.25/5.0, 3.7/4.33 or 3.4/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 4.0/5.0, 3.4/4.33 or 3.0/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 4.5/5.0, 4.0/4.33 or 3.8/4.0 overall. The grade requirement depends on the institution at which you have studied.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree or a C overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a first-class honours degree or an A overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 3.33/4.0 overall or a masters degree with 3.0/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with 2.6/4.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve either a bachelors or a masters degree with 4.0/4.0 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 6.0 out of 8.0, 8.0 out of 10 or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 5.0 out of 8.0 or 6.0 out of 10 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a B overall, a score of 12 out of 20 overall in either a Bachelor Degree, Licence or Maîtrise.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a C overall, or a score of 11 out of 20,in either a Bachelor Degree, Licence or Maîtrise.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 8.0 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve a GPA of 9.0 out of 10.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 16 out of  20.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 14 out of 20.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 18 out of 20.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0/4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.67/4.0.

2:1 - Bachelor's degree (honours) with 70% overall (second class, upper division). Bachelor's degree (general) with 90% overall.  

2:2 - Bachelor's degree (honours) with 55% overall (second class, lower division). Bachelor's degree (general) with 80% overall.  

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 8.0 out of 10, or 16 out of 20.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10, or 14 out of 20.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a bachelors degree, HBO certificate or doctoral certificate from a university in the Netherlands.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 6.0 out of 10.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a B+ overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a B- overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve an A- overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2/4.0 from the AUN or 3.3/5.0 from other universities.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.7/4.0 from the AUN or 2.8/5.0 from other universities. If you have relevant work experience, you may be considered with a GPA of 2.4/5.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5, where 1.0 is the highest, or a B overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.25, where 1.0 is the highest, or a C overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or 3.2 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.7 or 2.9 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 3.3 or 3.5 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university.

Country2:1 equivalent2:2 equivalent
ChileEither of the following with 5.0/7 overall.



Licenciatura (four years)

Título (Profesional) de [professional field] (four years)
Either of the following with 4.6/7 overall.



Licenciatura (four years)

Título (Profesional) de [professional field] (four years)
ColombiaLicenciado / Título de [professional field] with 4.0/5 overall.Licenciado / Título de [professional field] with 3.5/5 overall.
EcuadorAny of the following with 75%, 7.5, where the pass mark is 6, or 8.0, where the pass mark is 7, overall.



Licenciado

Título de [professional field]

Título de Magíster
Any of the following with 70% overall.



Licenciado

Título de [professional field]

Título de Magíster
GuyanaMaster's degree from University of Guyana with 3.2/4 GPA overall.Master's degree from University of Guyana with 3.0/4 GPA overall.
NicaraguaTítulo de Licenciado / Título de [professional field] / Maestria (all four years) with 80% overall.Título de Licenciado / Título de [professional field] / Maestria (all four years) with 70% overall.
PeruTítulo de Licenciado (four years) with 13/20 overall.Título de Licenciado (four years) with 12/20 overall.
UruguayTítulo de Licenciado / Título de [professional field] (four years) with 9.0/12 overall.Título de Licenciado / Título de [professional field] (four years) with 7.0/12 overall.
Venezuela Licenciatura / Título de [professional field] with 81%, 8/9 or 16/20 overall (sobresaliente / outstanding).Licenciatura / Título de [professional field] with 71%, 7/9 or 14/20 overall (distinguido / very good).

If you would like further information on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To enrol on a masters course at Surrey, you will need the equivalent of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree from a recognised university. If you would like advice on the requirements from the country in which you are studying, please email international@surrey.ac.uk.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a bachelors degree with a GPA of 2.6 or 2.8 out of 4.0 (65 or 70%), depending on the institution at which you studied. If you have studied a two or three-year bachelors degree plus a masters degree, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 or 3.0 out of 4.0 (70% or 75%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a bachelors degree with a GPA of 2.4 or 2.6 out of 4.0 (60% or 65%), depending on the institution at which you studied. If you have studied a two or three-year bachelors degree plus a masters degree, you must achieve a GPA of 2.6 or 2.8 out of 4.0 (65% or 70%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree, you must achieve a bachelors degree with a GPA of 2.8 or 3.0 out of 4.0 (70% or 80%), depending on the institution at which you studied. If you have studied a two or three-year bachelors degree plus a masters degree, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or 3.2 out of 4.0 (75% or 80%), depending on the institution at which you studied.

You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a Polish bachelors degree or above.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1: 

Bachelors degree  

Any of the following with 4+ (4.5) / B overall (dobry plus / fairly good).  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Licencjat (bachelors degree, started after 2006)  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Inżynier (bachelors degree, started after 2006)  

Masters degree  

4 (4.0) / C overall (dobry / good).  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Magister (masters degree) If awarded from 2001.  

 

For courses that require a UK 2:2:

Bachelors degree  

Any of the following with 4 (4.0) / C overall (dobry / good).  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Licencjat (bachelors degree, started after 2006)  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Inżynier (bachelors degree, started after 2006)  

Masters degree  

3+ (3.5) / D overall (Satisfactory).  

  • Dyplom Tytuł Magister (masters degree) If awarded from 2001.  

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved the Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 16.0 out of 20.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 14.0 out of 20.0.

For courses that require a UK first, you must have achieved Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 18.0 out of 20.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve an overall GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved the Diploma de Licenta with a GPA of 8.0 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved the Diploma de Licenta with a GPA of 7.0 overall.

For postgraduate taught courses, a Specialist Diploma and Baklavar will all be considered as suitable qualifications for entry depending on grades and subjects studied.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.1 our of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.9 out of 5.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve 75% overall or a GPA of 3.5/5.0 or 3.0/4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve 65% overall, or a GPA of either 3.25 out of 5.0 or 2.6 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve 80% overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 3.8/5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.75/4.0 or 3.4/5.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 1.5, grade B or 'very good' overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.0, grade C or 'good' overall.

The following qualifications are accepted as equivalent to a UK bachelors degree:

  • Diploma o pridobljeni univerzitetni izobrazi
  • Diplomant
  • Univerzitetni diplomant
  • Diplomirani.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved any of the above qualifications, with a score of 8.5.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved any of the above qualifications, with a score of 7.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve 70% overall or a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve 60% overall or a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a Haksa GPA of 3.2/4.3 or 3.4/4.5 overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a Haksa GPA of 2.8/4.3 or 3.0/4.5 overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 out of 10.0 or 2.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 6.0 out of 10.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved 80% from a three-year bachelors degree or 60% from a four-year special bachelors degree or a five-year professional degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved 70% from a three-year bachelors degree or 55% from a four-year special bachelors degree or a five-year professional degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved a majority of VG / AB / B / Vall Godkand.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved a majority of G / BA / C / Godkand.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of between 7.0 and 8.0 out of 10.0, 2.2 out of 5.0, or 5.0 out of 6.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of between 6.0 and 7.0 out of 10.0, or 4.5 out of 6.0.

For courses that require a UK first, you must achieve a GPA of between 8.0 and 9.0 out of 10.0, 2.7 out of 5.0, or 5.5 out of 6.0.

Our grade requirements for postgraduate courses vary depending on the institution at which you have studied:

  • For postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, our minimum grade requirement is 73%, 78% or 88%
  • For courses that require a UK 2:2, our minimum grade requirement is 68%, 73% or 83%
  • For courses that require a UK first, our minimum grade requirement is 78%, 83% or 93%.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 or 3.0 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.6 or 2.8 out of 4.0, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of between 2.8 and 3.0 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of between 2.6 and 2.8 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 4.0 or a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or a 2:2 honours degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you will need to have completed one of the following:

  • Dyplom Bakalavr (after 2007) with 80% overall
  • Specialist Diploma (five years) with a GPA of 4.3 out of 5.0
  • Dyplom Magistra (before 2006) with a GPA of 4.3 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you will need to have completed one of the following:

  • Dyplom Bakalavr (after 2007) with 70% overall
  • Specialist Diploma (five years) with a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0
  • Dyplom Magistra (before 2006) with a GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0.

For courses that require a UK first, you will need to have completed one of the following:

  • Dyplom Bakalavr (after 2007) with 90% overall
  • Specialist Diploma (five years) with a GPA of 4.6 out of 5.0
  • Dyplom Magistra (before 2006) with a GPA of 4.6 out of 5.0.

Please note that Dyplom Bakalavr (before 2007) is not suitable for entry.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, or 80% overall.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0, or 75% overall.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 overall, or 85% overall.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 7.0 or 7.5 out of 10.0 overall, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 6.5 or 7.0 out of 10.0 overall, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 7.5 or 8.0 out of 10.0 overall, depending on the institution at which you studied.

For direct entry these range from a 2:1 to a 2:2 UK honours degree. Our Pre-Masters programme offers another route into Surrey for specific programmes.

  • For courses that require a 2:1 you would need 12/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.
  • For courses that require a 2:2 you would need 11/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0. 

For courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0. 

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a GPA of 3.6 out of 4.0.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours (second class, upper division) Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours (second class, lower division) Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you would need 12/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you would need 11/20 in a relevant bachelors degree.

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Bangladesh

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Brazil

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Canada

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Croatia

Cyprus

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

These are the English language qualifications and levels that we can accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Offers are made following a successful audition and interview.

Recognition of prior learning

We recognise that many students enter their course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of ways.

If this applies to you, the recognition of prior learning process may mean you can join a course without the formal entry requirements, or at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience.

There are restrictions for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. Please contact the Admissions team with any queries.

Fees per year

Start date: September 2024

Full-time - 2 years

UK
£18,900
Overseas
£19,000
  • The annual fee for this two-year full-time MFA, is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme
  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2024-25 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Payment schedule

  • Students with Tuition Fee Loan: the Student Loans Company pay fees in line with their schedule.
  • Students without a Tuition Fee Loan: pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
  • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
  • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be on invoices. Students on part-time programmes where fees are paid on a modular basis, cannot pay fees by instalment.

  • Sponsored students: must provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of study.

Additional costs

  • Headshots: £175 - £350
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £180 approx. - Uniform including specialist footwear and boneprop
  • Books/stationery/admin: £60.

Grand total: £515 - £690.

Optional expenses

Theatre trips: £150 approximately. Students should aim to see some live theatre throughout the course of their programme.

Students may wish to apply for Spotlight (including graduates casting list) and Equity membership - £200 approximately.

You will be offered a week’s training in Stage Combat leading to Actors Combat Theatrical Training (ACTT) Standard-level exam. Opportunities for advanced training may also be available to students. These are extra-curricular courses so additional charges apply.

Additional Dance classes: classes are normally scheduled in the evenings and are open to all GSA students. These are extra-curricular, so additional charges apply.

All students at GSA are encouraged to attend productions of their fellow students’ work to enrich their learning experience and give opportunities for critical analysis. These are public events for which students will be charged a reduced ticket price of £5. Some productions will be free to attend. Within the course of an academic year, a student might expect to attend around 25 productions.

You may also wish to join the GSA Student Society – estimated £5 per annum. 

Funding

You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.

Admission information

Our code of practice for postgraduate admissions policy explains how the Admissions team considers applications and admits students. Read our postgraduate applicant guidance for more information on applying.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to follow our policies and procedures, student regulations, and terms and conditions.

We provide these terms and conditions in two stages:

  • First when we make an offer.
  • Second when students accept their offer and register to study with us (registration terms and conditions will vary depending on your course and academic year).

View our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2023/24 academic year, as a guide on what to expect.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been published in advance of the academic year to which it applies.

Whilst we have done everything possible to ensure this information is accurate, some changes may happen between publishing and the start of the course.

It is important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read our full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

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University of Surrey
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Surrey GU2 7XH