A good degree in any related subject; other qualifications will be considered. Applications are encouraged from those with or without prior screenwriting experience.
Months of entry
The MA in Screenwriting offers an integrated programme in the history, theory and practice of screenwriting. The MA will develop practical screenwriting skills and techniques, with students developing outlines, treatments and scripts towards a portfolio of original projects. Projects may be for film or television and the programme will encourage students to write in different genres, and expect students to rewrite draft scripts with feedback and tutor support.
One distinctive feature of the programme is the Fast Track core module which will allow all students enrolling on the course, including graduates in other fields, to gain detailed knowledge of screenwriting theories, conventions, and formats, and develop the ability to apply these to writing practice. Subsequent modules will deepen writing skills and knowledge of screenwriting with assignments of increasing length designed to meet industry requirements, such as feature film script and television series writing, and students will also study the history of the discourse and practices of screenwriting.
Central to the programme is examining the working of the industry, and to this end there are six Autumn Industry Talks with guest speakers, and a 3-day Summer School, which includes pitching and storytelling workshops, as well as guest speakers.
Information for international students
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Fees and funding
The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.
The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.
Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Department of Media and Cultural Studies
- 020 3073 8221