School of Society and Culture

MA Screenwriting

Planned new course

Programme code 7553
Duration 1 year
Course type Full-time, Part-time route available
Location Plymouth

MA Screenwriting addresses the increasing demand for digital content required by the creative industries. You are trained in various aspects of writing for ‘screens’ – including the big screen (films) and small screen (phone-specific). The South West is substantially growing as a destination for screenwriters and filmmakers, and you are supported to work at a professional industry standard, covering variable aspects in producing ‘scripts’, including storyboarding and collaborative writing.

The University’s new Digital Labs will offer you excellent opportunities to work with VR, immersive cinema, and specialist filming and editing software, giving you a base for destination jobs in the industry after graduation.

Screenwriting
Careers with this subject

MA Screenwriting graduates will be equipped with skills in demand across a broad range of areas such as feature films, advertising, writing for games, and building narratives for bespoke small screen experiences (using new phone-derivative technologies).

Key features

  • Hone your writing skills for screen while working in an interdisciplinary environment with filmmakers, performers and musicians, nurturing your collaboration and team working skills.
  • Be equipped to adapt your craft to emerging digital platforms through our new Digital Fabrication and Immersive Media Labs, providing you with access and experience in using the latest technologies.
  • Get under the skin of the digital storytelling industry, preparing you for a career in the sector.
  • Benefit from cutting-edge facilities, providing opportunities to work with VR, immersive cinema, and specialist media and editing software.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Hone your skills on this programme for a variety of screens, from exploring writing for feature films to building procedural narratives for video games, equipping you with the ability to tell stories across a range of digital formats.

    Along with developing your creative writing skills, you get to grips with the technical aspects of filmmaking, including camera and sound work, composition, aesthetics and editing.

    The programme prepares you for a career in screenwriting by developing your ability to pitch and present your writing and ideas along with connecting you with professionals in the wider industry.

    Core modules

    • Screenwriting
    • Making films
    • The business of screenwriting
    • Screenwriting dissertation and/or practice

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent.

Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

International students: IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2022-2023 2023-2024
Home N/A £9,500
International N/A £16,500
Part time (Home) N/A £530
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. More information about fees and funding.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

Applying for postgraduate study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Doctoral College is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by the University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Telephone: +44 1752 585858

Email: prospectus@plymouth.ac.uk

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