Taught course

TV and Radio Scriptwriting

University of Salford · School of Media, Music and Performance

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a BA honours degree. You are required to submit two pieces of writing work (at least one must be a film or television script) with your application form. There is no minimum length to submitted written work but all work must tell a complete story. Prospective students will then be invited to an interview. Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)- We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course. Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Months of entry


Course content

3 good reasons to study TV and Radio Scriptwriting at Salford:

  • Study at our MediaCityUK campus in industry-leading facilities
  • Participate in masterclasses run by industry professionals
  • Work on a one-to-one basis with an experienced professional scriptwriter on your final MA project.

Course Summary

This is an intensive, hands-on writing course that is ideal if you want to specialise in dramatic scriptwriting for television and radio.

The course is aimed at you if you have scriptwriting potential or wish to develop your television and radio writing skills to professional standards. During your time with us, you will enhance your knowledge of storytelling and the demands of television and radio, with the goal of mobilising your creative potential for the 21st-century scriptwriting marketplace.

Suitable For

Students come from a wide range of employment and educational backgrounds but what they all have in common is the potential to be a professional screenwriter. Ideally, you will have a passion for storytelling in all of its forms and a desire to communicate a message creatively to an audience. You will have some awareness of the different TV and radio programme formats and a willingness to share your work and learn from others.

Applicant profile

You will need to demonstrate a passion for the craft of writing and an ability to generate ideas suitable for television and radio. Some awareness of the markets for these media is an advantage, along with an ability to accept constructive criticism of your work. A general awareness of the British television and radio industry and its recent output is considered to be fundamental.

Information for international students

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 5.5) as proof of this.

Fees and funding

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section

Fees 2014-15

Part-time £1,314 per 30 credits

Fees 2015-16

Part-time £1,000 per 30 credits

Qualification and course duration


part time
27 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Creative work70
Reflective statements/critical analysis10

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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