Script Writing (Screen and Radio) MA
The MA Scriptwriting (Screen and Radio) builds on the success of the department’s undergraduate modules in scriptwriting to provide the skills, knowledge and experience that all prospective writers need to enter the industry with confidence. It combines theoretical, analytical and practical elements to develop writers’ understanding of the sources and stimuli that inspire their own scripts, as well as aiding in the development of their personal voices.

On completion of the degree, students will have created a portfolio of work to a professional standard, from initial concept to finished draft.

Some of the key features of the MA Scriptwriting (Screen and Radio) include: course leaders with a diverse range of experience as scriptwriters; a strong emphasis on the structure of well-told stories across a variety of media, including film, television and radio and the web; independent, in-depth research into a chosen genre; the creation of a portfolio of work, including scripts and related material, that students can use as a calling card within the industry.

The MA Scriptwriting (Screen and Radio) has been developed in-line with Skillset criteria, encouraging training and education that supports the creativity, productivity and effectiveness of the UK’s media industries.


The programme consists of two pathways, allowing students a degree of depth and specialisation. In Semester One, all students will be introduced to film, television and radio formats.

By Semester Two, each will have chosen a speciality, and will be working within a chosen medium. By Semester Three, they will have commenced work on a final portfolio within their chosen genre.

Module Content

  • Structure, Genre and Formats (Compulsory)

  • Practical Television Production (Option 1)

  • Television Programme Analysis (Option 2)

  • The Film Text: Analysis and Interpretation (Option 3)

  • Writing Broadcast Radio Play Scripts (Compulsory)

  • Genre and Formats: Individual Research (Compulsory)

  • Writing Portfolio (Compulsory)

MA, MA, PG Dip, PG Dip Award
September Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
12 month Duration

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