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Postgraduate Applications

All applications to postgraduate courses must be made directly to the School. We have an online application system through which you should submit your application.

How to Apply for Postgraduate Courses

All applications to postgraduate courses at Central must be made directly to the School. We have an online application system through which you should submit your application.

When to Apply for Postgraduate Courses

We will start receiving applications from 10th October each year, for courses starting in the following September/October. There is no formal closing date for direct applications to Central, but you are strongly advised to apply as early as possible after applications open, as we consider applications in the order they are submitted and will close courses once they become full. Late applications will be considered as long as there are still places available on the course. We will post notice on the individual course pages on Central’s website when a course becomes full and is no longer considering applications.

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be eligible to satisfy the admission requirements. Invitation to audition/interview and admission will be based on the reasonable expectation from your application that you have the potential to complete and contribute positively to the degree, and that you would benefit from master’s level study.

Applicants will normally be able to demonstrate the following:

  • relevant qualifications (e.g. undergraduate degree or equivalent), or professional experience which has prepared you equivalently for advanced study
  • appropriate written reference
  • evidence of a specific commitment to the course with an understanding of relevant issues and practices
  • evidence of appropriate level of skills/competencies
  • evidence of the ability to work in collaboration with colleagues and, where relevant, with external parties
  • evidence of a capacity to work at master’s level, e.g. engage with complex matters in the field, or demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge.

What Happens Next to Applications to Postgraduate Courses

When we receive your application, the relevant Admissions Tutor at Central will look carefully at the information you have given in your personal statement, your academic records and references and will then decide whether to take your application further.

Entry to Central is competitive and we are not able to offer an audition/interview, or a place, to everyone who applies. As our initial selection decision is based on the information contained in the application form, it is important to complete the form with great care. We reserve the right to withdraw any offer if the information on the form is incomplete or inaccurate.


Before deciding whether to make you an offer, we may invite you for an audition/interview. These are held from November onwards for courses starting the following September/October.

If you are selected for an audition/interview your invitation will be sent to the email address you entered on your application form. This will include a link to a booking website through which you can choose the most suitable date from a list of available options. It will also detail exactly what you will need to prepare for the audition/interview. Please check your junk/spam folders as sometimes invitation emails can be automatically routed there.

Audition/Interview Fees

For Acting - Classical, Acting – Contemporary, Acting for Screen, Drama and Movement Therapy and Music Theatre there is an audition/interview fee of £50.

If Central invites you for an audition/interview you will receive instructions on how to pay this fee in the invitation email.

International Auditions/Interviews

Each year Central hosts a number of auditions and interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international auditions/interviews are designed to replicate the London-based audition/interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!).

View a list of upcoming locations and dates in our Performances and Events listings.

Distance Auditions/Interviews

If you live abroad and are unable to attend an audition/interview in person, you may, at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor, be offered the opportunity of a distance audition/interview.

If you are selected for audition/interview in this manner you will be subject to the conditions detailed above and notified as follows:

  • you will be contacted (normally by email) in order to arrange a suitable time for an audition/interview. This will be conducted either by telephone or by ‘live’ email exchange, at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor, and will often be based on material that you will have been asked to submit in advance
  • the audition/interview will be conducted by an Admissions Tutor, in liaison with a colleague who will have sight of your submitted materials.

Receiving Decisions for Postgraduate Courses

As soon as a final decision has been made on your application, we will notify you, normally by email. Successful candidates will also receive in the post a comprehensive offer pack from Central, which will include lots of important information about what happens next.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to pass an approved English Language Test to prove that their English language skills are at the sufficient level for degree study.

Admission Policy

Most courses at Central prepare students both for a higher education qualification and for professional practice. Knowledge and analysis are integrated with practical skills training, so that graduates’ future practice will be informed by insight and reflection.

Central’s policies and procedures for admission aim to identify applicants who can benefit from this combination of intellectual engagement and professional training. The aim is to ensure a good match between your ability and the demands of the course, so that those who begin a programme can reasonably expect to succeed, and to achieve a qualification.

Central is committed to offering opportunities to applicants from varied educational backgrounds who can demonstrate that they have the capacity to study in this way, to benefit and to succeed. The selection process considers not only educational qualifications, but also evidence of aptitude and motivation. Central values learning from prior experience and particularly welcomes mature students who return to formal study.

Central’s equal opportunities policy applies to the admission process and the same criteria for selection for each course applies to all applicants.

Complaints and Appeals

We hope that your experience of the application and audition/interview processes at Central are positive, even if you are not ultimately successful in gaining a place at the School. Should your experiences be less than satisfactory and you wish to make a complaint, this can be done by following the Admissions Complaints Procedure, outlined in the following document.

Admissions Complaints Procedure (PDF, 68KB)

Admissions Complaints Form (Word document will download when clicking)