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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Screenplay Writing

Course type


Course Summary


The MA Screenwriting Programme offers students a unique opportunity to develop the necessary screenwriting principles, including genre theory, audience and markets, classical and alternative narrative storytelling, pitching and screenplay analysis. Students will hone professional skills and develop their creative voice towards a final original piece of writing for the large or small screen. In addition to the specialist modules in screenwriting, students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with students from the other programmes, at key points during the year.

This programme is for students who are passionate about the moving image, love to write, and have the ambition to become professional screenwriters.


The MA Screenwriting course equips students with professional skills to develop their own voice and produce marketable and commercially successful scripts for film, television and web series. During studies, students will take part in a unique industry project for an external client.

Practical. Work with professional actors who will perform your script in front of you, pitch your script to a panel of industry experts at the end of each key module, and receive professional script development support from leading UK film and TV production companies.

Comprehensive. Learn about writing for different platforms: film, television, web, radio, games, and commercials.

Industry-Facing. Learn from award-winning tutors and guest speakers with extensive professional experience as writers, directors, producers, showrunners and script developers for film, TV, radio, gaming and online.

Real-Life Experience. Write a script for an external client while working together with other MA students on an industry-integrated project. Receive real-life screenwriting experience and improve your communication, teamworking and pitching skills.
Portfolio. Graduate with a short film script, treatments for genre feature film, pilot screenplay for TV series or mini-series, online video scripts, two industry-standard script reports, synopses, outlines, project pitches and a long form Master’s Project script (feature or TV).


This module is delivered concurrently alongside the modules in Phase II in a ?long and thin? delivery pattern comprising 3-6 hours per week. During this module, students from all five programmes will explore key research methods including: defining problems, identifying areas of academic enquiry, formulating hypotheses, collecting, organising and evaluating data; developing and assessing conclusions as well as theoretical frameworks and discourse related to their practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

All applicants must be 18 years or older at the time the programme begins. A 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Students with a degree below a 2:1 equivalent are still able to apply. They will need to submit the following in addition to support their application. A compulsory academic essay (750 – 1000 words). Applicants without a 2.1 degree, but possessing relevant work experience, can still apply and need to submit the following: A compulsory academic essay (750-1000 words); a professional industry reference; A professional CV. Candidates with no degree and no filmmaking experience do not currently meet entry criteria.