Taught course


University of Central Lancashire · School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements are: A good first degree (2:2 or above) Candidates without the above qualifications, or qualifications in other subject areas, will be considered provided that there is firm evidence of experience and commitment to at least one of the main areas of practical study (film/video making, Film and TV Screenwriting, digital imaging work etc). demonstrable proof of writing skill, ability, or potential. E.g. sample scripts. At interview a portfolio of previous work in a relevant area will be requested. Applications from mature candidates will be welcome.

Months of entry


Course content

Groundbreaking MA course designed for those wishing to develop a career in radio, television, film, internet, and the stage. Utilising the expertise of our expanded Scriptwriting team the course builds on the skill base and reputation of our established undergraduate course and boasts improved facilities as a result of the move to £15 Million Media Factory development with state-of-the-art facilities.

The course offers an in-depth knowledge of writing for radio, television, film and stage with emphasis on current industry practice and employability, equipping students with the most appropriate practice skills. The course is ideally located with access to local radio and the North West's vibrant live grassroots theatre and new BBC production base.

In addition to the compulsory modules and the end scriptwriting project, optional modules include:

High level radio module which offers students the opportunity to leave the course with a broadcast radio credit.

Writing for stage
As well as writing, students will be encouraged to produce their own work.

Writing for Children
A unique module, the first of its kind which specialises in scriptwriting for children (by which we mean people under the age of 18).

Our staff are well connected to the industry, this means we can offer a unique module with our MA that will offer credible opportunities and contacts in this area.The course will also offer core modules in Writing for Film and Writing for Television.

In addition to the forthcoming Salford BBC production base the North West is also home to Granada, BBC local radio stations, a plethora of independent television and film companies, some of which are based right here in Media Factory. There is also a thriving live theatre scene in the North West which provides many opportunities for new writers. Our teaching team have strong connections with all of the above as well as BAFTA.

Assessment is by coursework.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1772 892400