Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

An honours degree in Media Production, Drama, Journalism, English or related programme of study. Degree classification 2:1

Applicants with a suitable background, or work experience in the film and television industry, or those who have published work or demonstrate good writing skills and a genuine passion for the medium, but without sufficient formal qualifications are encouraged to apply.

The course is suitable for candidates with varying levels of experience in creative writing, screen craft or related subjects. The current cohort comprises of writers with professional experience and others who have demonstrated a keen interest in the subject and hold equivalent expertise in an alternative, but parallel medium.

Due to the competitive nature of this programme, applications are being considered in rounds, with application deadlines for 2018 entry as follows:

  • Round 2 application deadline: Friday 21 May 2018

Applications received after the final deadline may not be considered if the programme is full.

Round 2 applicants can expect a decision as to whether they have been short-listed to attend interview by Friday 1 June. Round 2 interviews will take place between Monday 11 and Friday 15 June.

Applicants must submit at the point of application:

15 page sample script

Synopsis (maximum 500 words)

CV & reference

The reference should concentrate on the following areas: Attendance, punctuality, participation, ability to meet deadlines, response to feedback, communication skills. Please ask your referee to rate each area as follows:

Improvement required Average Good Excellent




Communication Skills

Ability to meet deadlines

Months of entry


Course content

Explore the creative potential of your narrative constructions, observations of character and the aesthetics of dialogue within the tradition and potentiality of Screenwriting as designed for the next generation of industry writers.

  • This course runs on a biennial basis and the next intake will be 2018
  • Part-time programme that can be completed alongside full-time employment in two years
  • The £38million Redmonds Building provides state-of-the-art facilities for the Liverpool Screen School
  • Skillset Accredited status ensures an exceptional quality course
  • Liverpool Screen School is part of the BBC North Developing Talent Scheme
JMU’s Skillset Accredited MA Screenwriting programme is designed to prepare screenwriters for the exacting demands of the industry.

The UK film and television industry is enjoying sustained growth and increasing international influence, and the demand for screenwriters with a distinct voice and original vision has never been greater.

Liverpool has established itself as a centre for regional film and television production both in the commercial sector, and increasingly through independent production.

This is a highly participatory course for committed writers of all ages who show originality and talent and is taught by experienced tutors with strong industry connections.

The course emphasises the development of practical screenwriting skills and the production of a portfolio of work, developed to the highest professional standards. An understanding of professional practice, pitching and marketing screenplays, and the critical analysis of films and screen texts are further key elements in the programme.

The course is regularly visited by industry professionals which means you will have great networking opportunities plus the chance to engage directly with leading practitioners in the field.

Throughout the two year programme, you will be engaged in the production of varied and increasingly challenging projects, beginning with short film scripts and culminating in the development of feature-length screenplays. All screenplays are developed in small group workshops.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Creative work50
Professional practice10

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090