Taught course


Birkbeck, University of London · Film, Media and Cultural Studies

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in any related subject; other qualifications will be considered.

Applications are encouraged from those with or without prior screenwriting experience.

As part of the application process, applicants are required to complete an entrance task by submitting the following:

  • Part 1: The opening ten pages of script for a film or TV drama
  • Part 2: A four-page feature film treatment
  • Part 3: Three pieces of creative text, one each from either: a short story of approximately four pages; an extract from a novel (ten pages); an article; or two pages of poetry.

After review of the application and entrance task, the admissions tutors will invite candidates to attend an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Screenwriting offers an integrated programme in the history, theory and practice of screenwriting. It 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 you to write in different genres, and expect you 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 you will also study the discourse and practices of screenwriting.

Central to the programme is examining how the industry works, and to this end there are six autumn industry talks with guest speakers, and a four-day summer school, which focuses on the writer working in the industry, and 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 course 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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