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.

Months of entry


Course content

The only course of its kind offered by a Russell Group university, our intensive one-year MA Screenwriting training programme will professionalise writers and presents a genuine gateway into the film and television industries.

You will undertake a rigorous combination of workshops, seminars, one-to-one meetings and regular talks from a variety of industry professionals.

You'll also have the chance to gain hands-on industry experience through structured internship programmes with leading production companies that have included Film4 ( Room, Ex_Machina, The Lobster) , Wildgaze (Brooklyn) , Number 9 Films (Carol) , Left Bank (The Crown), Warp (This is England) , Red Productions ( Happy Valley, Scott and Bailey ), and Hammer Films ( The Woman in Black , Let Me In ).

Over the course of the year, you'll work with leading industry practitioners to develop your screenwriting, pitching and story-breaking skills. By the end of the course, you'll have developed a full length feature film screenplay, a pilot TV episode and two short films.

Like all courses at the Centre for New Writing, this MA is taught by practitioners and, as such, it is vocationally-oriented and industry-focused. You'll have access to individual career guidance and training in how to navigate entry-level work in both the television and film industries.

In the second semester, there will be a London industry day based at BAFTA with talks from agents, producers, and writers, as well as a meeting with the BFI.

You'll study story design, visual story-telling and character arcs in both long-running television series and feature films, and develop the tools to be able to analyse and critique screenwriting craft, as well as learn how to disseminate you own work.

There'll be film screenings, and you'll have access to an excellent lending library of films to watch at home.

Throughout the duration of the course, you'll develop a broad and eclectic knowledge of cinema and television.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0) 161 275 0322