M.A. On Campus


University of the Arts London (UAL)

15 months
23610 GBP/year
11550 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA Screenwriting programme at the University of the Arts London (UAL) is an industry-focused screenwriting course that develops writers and script editors for the film, television and radio industries.


The MA Screenwriting at the University of the Arts London (UAL) is one of the UK’s leading film and TV scripting courses, with a strong reputation in the industry.

Graduates of MA Screenwriting have gone on to win numerous awards, both UK and international, work on major film projects in active development and are writing for a wide range of programmes currently being screened on UK television.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop the abilities, knowledge and skills you will need for a career in scriptwriting.

What can you expect?

MA Screenwriting introduces you to the foundations of contemporary scriptwriting practice in a theoretical context.

You’ll develop research methodologies that will become the foundation for future practice and analysis.

The course offers you the opportunity to study feature film, television and radio narrative, the development of a script from a short story and research, which lays the foundation for your major project.

You will also complete a collaborative unit that reflects your specialist interests in scriptwriting and related topics, whilst engaging with the need to understand and communicate with the industry you wish to work in.

In the last term of the course, you’ll undertake a major project that allows you to focus on a specialist area of interest that you identified during your previous study.

You will write several drafts of an original screenplay for film or TV or a TV pilot episode(s) with format documents. In addition, you’ll engage in peer-to-peer review and the writing of reader reports.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Short Film: Process and Practice
  • Industry Knowledge, Skills and Methodologies
  • TV / Film / Radio: Adaptation - Existing Format – Process and Practice
  • Collaborative Unit
  • Major Project 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The deadline has passed. However, this course will remain open until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Entry requirements

  • It is preferable that you have a previous degree, but it is not essential. We also accept students based on their writing talent and the work they submit during their application.
  • Honours degree
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required
  • Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required
  • If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English
  • CV
  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address)
    • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
    • Employment history
    • Personal statement
    • Written assignment

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      23610 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 23610 GBP per year during 15 months.
    • National

      11550 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 11550 GBP per year during 15 months.

    Living costs for London

    1137 - 2157 GBP /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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