Taught course


The University of Manchester · English and American Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a good, Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Screenwriting offers aspiring screen writers an intensive one-year apprenticeship during which time they will, under the supervision of experienced faculty and visiting writers and producers, develop i) an original full length screenplay ii) original scripts for episodes of a TV series. Students will attend weekly writing workshops in which they will read and critique each other's work, and will also study narrative craft and some milestones in the history of visual story-telling in weekly seminars. Over the summer, students will be offered an industry placement at a film or TV production company (or a literary agency which represents screenwriters). During the year there will be visits from and masterclasses with well-known screenwriters and film and TV producers and other industry professionals from film and television.

Information for international students

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS is required or 100+ in the iTOEFL with a minimum writing score of 25.

Fees and funding

The School offers a limited number of fee bursaries on a competitive basis for MA students. Details of bursaries available in a given year will be posted on the School website in January.

Please see the School website for further details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
00 44 (0)161 275 0322