12 months
15945 GBP/year
6720 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Develop skills in writing, script-editing and project development for the film, television and digital fiction industries with this Screenwriting course from Edinburgh Napier University.

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This Screenwriting course from Edinburgh Napier University  is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries and carries the ScreenSkills Select endorsement which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

The course is studied at the Screen Academy Scotland, a ScreenSkills recognised Film Academy.

While the course is primarily for aspiring screenwriters, it is also aimed at those interested in script editing, script development and creative producing.

Teaching staff are working screenwriters and producers and there are regular visits from professional writers, producers, directors and those working in script editing and development.

In summary, the MA Screenwriting:

  • takes a general approach across film, television and other media
  • develops the core craft skills for screenwriting
  • enhances script editing and story development skills
  • places teaching and student work in an industry context
  • introduces students to staff and industry guests working as writers, producers, directors and in script development at a high, professional level


  • Screenwriter 
  • Television writer
  • Producer
  • Script development

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • From Script to Screen
  • Interactive Media
  • Major Project
  • Script workshop
  • The Business of Screen Project Development
  • Writing and Screen Project Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above.  We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.
  • We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. 
  • You will also be required to attend an interview and/or be asked to show evidence of an aptitude for the course, appropriate experience, and an indication of how you might benefit from the course.
  • As part of the application process you will need to submit the following with your application:
  • A personal statement outlining why you want to write for the screen (maximum 300 words)
  • An outline for a feature film or single television drama (maximum one page)
  • A writing sample - this may be a short film script or an excerpt from a feature film script or television drama (maximum 10 pages)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15945 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15945 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    6720 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6720 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Part time total fee:

  • Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £6,720
  • Overseas and EU: £15,945

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 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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