Masters in Screenwriting

The majority of storylines we see in films and television programmes are written and developed by screenwriters. You might work by yourself or with a team to build original stories for characters, adapt well known books, or recreate old storylines. Studying for a degree in screenwriting, you will able to turn your writing talent into a career, whilst also gaining industry standard skills and experience.

About Screenwriting


At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts (MFA), or Master of Letters (MLitt). Further study will award a research degree such as a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Depending on your institution, your course may be accredited by an academic or professional body, such as the International Moving Image Society (IMIS).


A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.


Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.

Typical Annual Tuition Fees

  • Postgraduate - £6,750

Topics Covered


During a postgraduate degree, such as an MA or MFA, you will build on the knowledge you gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will cover the more complex and specialist areas of screenwriting, and will provide you with the opportunity to explore more specific genres and styles within screenwriting. Modules and specialisms could include film entrepreneurship, scripts for short films, international film and television writing, and screenwriting for feature films.

Entry Requirements

For a postgraduate degree, most institutions will require you to have an undergraduate degree in screenwriting, or a closely related subject.

Typical Entry Requirements


  • Degree Requirements - 2:2 or higher
  • Required/Desired Subjects - Screenwriting, Film Studies, Creative Writing