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Screenwriting Postgraduate Certificate

Screenwriting Postgraduate Certificate

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Study mode

Part time evening


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Screenplay Writing

Course type


Course Summary

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Screenwriting offers you the opportunity to develop your practical screenwriting skills and techniques, and to apply them to writing briefs, together with developing your ability to evaluate the effectiveness of communicating ideas in script form.

A distinctive feature is a fast-track core module, which will enable graduates in other fields to gain detailed knowledge of screenwriting conventions, an understanding of common formats, and the ability to analyse a brief and evaluate one’s own writing within a commercial context. Armed with the core skills of the fast-track course, a subsequent module will develop your skills in writing a draft script in either film or television format.


Graduates go into careers in the creative industries, such as screenwriting, script editing and collaborating with readers/directors/producers/co-writers. Possible professions include screenwriter, creative writer, or higher education lecturer. This degree can also be useful in becoming a script writer, magazine or newspaper journalist, or English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher.

We offer a comprehensive Careers Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.


The module gives an overview of screenwriting in the film and television industry and relates the principles of film story to screenwriting practice. Each session focuses on a specific topic, using a mixture of lecture, screenings, reading, analysis, creative exercises, workshop and discussion. You will critically analyse film stories, and the visual language of screenwriting, and apply these principles to develop story ideas and write scripts, as well as give critical and constructive feedback on work in progress. You will also develop an understanding of different narrative structures and their relation to scripts and the industry.

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in any related subject; other qualifications will be considered.

University information

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more

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