City, University of London

Course Introduction

Creatively stimulating, challenging, and above all practical, this innovative two'year course provides a supportive and thought'provoking environment for playwrights and screenwriters to explore their ideas, develop their craft, and finish a full'length work to a high standard.

In the first year you acquire a critical understanding of classic and contemporary plays and films from the writer's point of view, and an in'depth practical knowledge of playwriting and screenwriting. There are also specialist sessions on writing for radio and television drama. No single style or genre is prescribed; the ethos of the programme is excellence and diversity. The course is suitable for writers with some experience who want to develop their practice and ideas and work in the industry.

In the second year you choose to write either a full length play, or screenplay, or a pilot for an original television series (along with the series "bible" and synopses for several episodes). In addition to completing a full length play or script, you participate in workshops taught by practising screenwriters and playwrights, and have the opportunity to work with actors and to experience a professional script development process. There will be a showcase of work at the end of the programme to which industry professionals and advisory board members are invited.

Course Modules

Year 1:

Dramatic Writing;

Writing Workshop;

Storytelling; and

Own Play or Script.

Year 2:

Own Play or Script; and

The Production Business.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA £6,000 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA £8,500 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • You will usually have an Honours degree in any subject. Successful completion of a certificate course in creative writing, professional qualifications or relevant experience, such as acting or directing or writing professionally may also be acceptable. The prime criteria are proven ability and commitment to completing a play or screenplay. Mature students are encouraged to apply. If in doubt about your qualifications please contact us before applying.