Hero (MA script)

Online Masters Degree in Writing for Script & Screen

Writing for Script & Screen Course Overview

This course is designed to equip you with the writing skills, industry knowhow, professional skills and experience of collaborative working that the ever- changing industry demands. It aims to create graduates that stand out from the crowd, and who understand how to function within a professional environment across different screen industries. The programme is available for part-time study as Masters (MA) or Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).

The flexible nature of the course allows you to develop your portfolio across different platforms or focus on the mediums and genres that interest you through live briefs, collaborative projects and independent research.

You’ll join a global community of scriptwriters and academics who write for TV, film, games, theatre and radio, and who have networks across the creative industries. This ensures that the course is always relevant to current practice.

Award Title: MA Writing for Script & Screen
(also available to study to PGDip level)
Awarding Body: Falmouth University
Level: 7
Duration: MA 2 years; PGDip 14 months
Mode of study: online, part-time 


  • Develop your career through a unique blend of professional focus, creative practice and academic knowledge
  • Write for digital platforms as well as established screen media
  • Join a global network of writers and academics

Hear from one of our graduates about his experience on the course:


Find out more about the course in our on-demand webinar with Course Leader John Finnegan:


Who is this course for?

Whether you wish to write for video games, cinema, television or digital media this course will provide you with the skills you need.

This course is suitable for applicants who may be:

  1. Graduates looking to develop their specialist knowledge in writing for screen
  2. Practitioners in the screen industries who wish to develop their writing skills
  3. Those wishing to continue their professional development or to develop their career in teaching and research
  4. Writers who are interested in acquiring the skills to adapt existing work for screen

Course content


You will need to complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award.


You will need to complete four 30-credit modules (120 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award. A dissertation (major project) is not required.

Core modules Credits
Storytelling for Script & Screen 30
Individual Script Development Workshop 30
Writers' Room: Collaborative Script Development 30
Screen Industries: Professional Development 30
Major Project (MA only) 60


  • Coursework assessment with no formal examination
  • Portfolios, projects, online presentations and pitches

How you study

You may choose to:

  1. Study entirely online.
  2. Study online and attend optional face to face events.

You will be given the opportunity to attend up to two events per academic year and dates and location of the events will vary. Events usually incorporate a weekend to accommodate busy schedules. More information is available on the face to face events page.


Taught by industry experts

Designed with employer-focused learning at the core, our courses work with global organisations, staff and alumni to provide you with the breadth of experience and networks needed to accelerate your career.

Guest lecturers include:

  • David Hayter who wrote the screenplays to X-Men (2000), X-Men 2 (2003) and Watchmen (2009)
  • ​Brandon Boyce whose writing includes Apt Pupil, and Bad Samaritan with David Tennant
  • Award winning short filmmaker and tv director, Oisin Mac Coille

Learn more about our MA Writing for Script & Screen tutors.

The Script Department Podcast

MA Writing for Script and Screen is also affiliated with The Script Department Podcast.

Created by Course Coordinator John Finnegan and Module Leader Michela Cortese, this scripted podcast regularly features student work and has served as an opportunity to partner with alumni after they have finished the course.

Recent graduate Marcus Armstrong now serves as a producer in the company and has worked with many existing students to produce their writing into scripted audio dramas for the podcast.

More recently, the podcast served as an opportunity for one of our students to work with acclaimed Irish actor Allen Leech (Downton Abbey, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Imitation Game) in Los Angeles when he read for one such project, The Dead Cry Out.

More information about the podcast and the various projects that our students contributed to the show can be found on our website:

The Script Department Podcast

Learning activities

There will be guided learning activities consisting of:

  • Concise online presentations to introduce key concepts
  • Small group and class discussions and crits to facilitate interaction and dialogue
  • Online critiques to test assumptions, ideas and to receive feedback from peers and tutors
  • Individual and group tutorials throughout the course
  • Independent study
  • Self-evaluation and peer feedback


As a Falmouth student, you enjoy an equal status to students studying on campus:

  • Your own student ID card
  • Access to online software tutorials at lynda.com
  • 24/7 online access to library resources
  • Students’ Union community
  • Access to our Student Support Services offering academic and personal support

Entry requirements

You should have:

  • An honours degree or Level 6 equivalent qualification
  • Proof of proficiency in English (minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening or TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) with a minimum of 88 overall and at least 21 in all 4 components). 

We also accept a range of equivalent recognised English language qualifications. Candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply. For more information regarding equivalent international qualifications and Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) please call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 or view our handy guide:


Additional costs

In order to participate fully in the course, you will need to purchase screenwriting software.

Please call our course advisor team on  +44 (0)1223 447713 for advice on what to buy. 

You can also take a look at our guide to the different screenwriting options:

What's the best scriptwriting software?

How to apply

  • Submit an online application form.
  • Submit a copy of your first degree certificate or Level 6 equivalent qualification and your IELTS certificate if English is not your first language
  • Submit a portfolio of between 1000 and 2000 words which may include an outline for a script idea, or some other examples of your writing

Please contact us for FREE advice.
Call +44 (0)1223 447713

Start dates and application deadlines

Intake Application deadline Welcome week Course start date
January 11 January 16 January 25 January

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