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1 Year
September 2022
Campus Taught

Our MA Scriptwriting course will develop your skills in writing for television, film, radio and the theatre. You’ll get expert advice from experienced writers and performers and be encouraged to produce your own original work.

We’ll help you to develop the skills and confidence to produce fresh and original writing in a range of genres. You’ll benefit from working in our state-of-the-art Media Factory, a hub for the creative industries equipped with theatre spaces, a digital television studio, film and photographic studio, video editing rooms and industry-standard computer software.

We focus on helping you to develop your skills to a professional level, so you’ll get hands-on experience of using the very latest industry-standard equipment and techniques from day one. You’ll continually hone your writing skills and get the opportunity to participate in the writing of a full-length feature film.

You’ll develop a specialist knowledge of scriptwriting skills, including story structure, scene development, characterisation and dialogue, enabling you to transform your stories into industry-standard scripts.

Why study with us

  • You’ll be based in our Media Factory, a creative hub equipped with industry-standard facilities including television studios, recording studios, theatres and editing suites.
  • You’ll learn from the experts – you course tutors are experienced writers for the stage and screen. And you’ll attend guest lectures and masterclasses featuring renowned industry professionals.
  • Opportunities to enhance your studies with visits to film festivals, theatre productions and external workshops.

What you'll do

  • We’ll encourage you to produce your own original work in a range of genres – from radio plays to dramas for children.
  • You’ll have the chance to compete for the Matt Greenhalgh Award for writing – named after the BAFTA award-winning screenwriter.
  • You can get involved in our unique cJAM employability event, which shakes up the traditional career fair format by giving you the chance to pitch your ides to up to 30 industry professionals and win valuable work placement opportunities.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Future careers

By developing your scriptwriting skills to a professional level, you’ll be ready to pursue an exciting career within the media industry across a variety of roles, including scriptwriter, script editor, story liner, script reader, producer, director and researcher. Our industry links will give you direct access to industry professionals and job opportunities.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£7100 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£13500 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£13500 per year
Full-time£7800 per year
Part-time£867 per 20 credits
Full-time£14500 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Arts and Media located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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