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MA/PGDip/PGCert Screenwriting

University of Roehampton

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Roehampton

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Our MA Screenwriting will help you to develop personal voice in your writing, create distinctive and high-quality work, and to take that work from concept to industry-ready screenplay. Our unique approach combines technical practice with academic theory. The programme is flexible in its format and divided into three blocks; voice, writing and pitching, allowing you to focus on the areas that interest you the most. Our aim is to bring the most out of the individual talent of each writer.

You will be encouraged to develop your own writer’s voice - that deep-seated, often hidden message that urges you not just to write, but to write about the things that move you. Writing from an emotional, often psychological space offers freedom to the writer and greater engagement from an audience.

You will learn how to develop this voice and learn how the screenwriter is an ethnographer, paying close attention to descriptions of peoples and cultures, considering their customs, habits, and mutual differences. You will also learn how to make your screenwriting stand out, using non-traditional, decolonised, less Western-focused forms, applicable from the gallery space to the theatre.

Whether you are a playwright, fine artist, or producer, you will develop your screenwriting skills with hands-on work and personal tuition that will result in a full feature or TV pilot screenplay of 60-100 pages, from concept to second draft. You will learn about sensory ethnography, underground screenwriting, the development of voice, different forms of screenwriting and the importance of packaging your work. You will graduate with a piece of work of a standard you will be able to present not just to industry, but within your field of specialisation.

Finally, you will learn how to package your script and pitch your work. You will learn about industry requirements so you can ensure your work is coherent, accessible, professionally presented, and noticeable. This includes live pitching sessions, development funding applications, guest lectures from industry speakers, and field trips.

The MA is for both recent graduates and mature students who wish to take their writing to the next level, and to be able to engage with the film industry as screenwriters, writer-directors, creative producers, translators, or script editors.

While the programme is mostly taught on campus, all lectures, workshops, and table read will be live-streamed and/or recorded, allowing full remote delivery for students unable to attend in person.

Career Options

Graduates from this programme will be well equipped to work in independent film as well as the wider film and TV industries. Career paths include screenwriter, script editor, script translator, film critic, creative producer, artist in lens-based media (gallery distribution), independent filmmaker. You will also gain PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.

Application deadline

28 September 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Roehampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Roehampton, Erasmus House, Roehampton Lane, Wandsworth, SW15 5PU, England

Roehampton has a friendly international community made up of students from over 140 countries.
The university offers a range of generous scholarships aimed at international students, worth up to £4,000 a year.
A range of pre-sessional English courses are offered, and dedicated support for international students throughout their studies

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    31st out of 55 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 168
    102 60%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.16 83%



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