Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London


The programme offers an integrated programme in the history, theory and practice of screenwriting; it offers the opportunity to develop practical screenwriting skills and techniques, and the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of communicating ideas in script form. core modules in the history and theory of screenwriting, and options in practice as research will encourage you to study the history of the discourse and practices of screenwriting and to bring a conceptual and analytical framework to a final portfolio of screenwriting. 1 distinctive feature is the fast-track core course which will allow all students enrolling on the course, including graduates in other fields, to gain detailed knowledge of screenwriting conventions, an understanding of common formats, the ability to analyse a brief and evaluate one�s own writing within a commercial context. armed with the core skills of the fast-track course, subsequent modules will combine writing skills with conceptual understanding of how to communicate ideas.those who have screenwriting experience already will be able to deepen their skills and knowledge of screenwriting through a range of theoretical and practical approaches. through the discursive evaluations which form part of the assessment for each module, you will be required to identify and critically evaluate conventional industry script formats and alternatives to them. you will undertake writing assignments of increasing complexity, demonstrating self-direction and originality in tackling script problems.

Entry requirements

A good degree in any related subject; other qualifications will be considered. Applications are encouraged from those with or without prior screenwriting experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You take 5 compulsory core modules and 1 option module. Core modules include: Fast track to screenwriting; final project/dissertation/portfolio; history and theory of screenwriting; scriptwriting in different genres; writing a draft script. Option modules (choose 1): Developing a feature film script; developing a TV series.

Sponsorship information

The School of Arts offers a small number of bursaries; part-time students in their second year who are experiencing hardship may apply to the College for financial assistance.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time evening £ 1,975 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgCert Part-time evening £ 3,825 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgCert Part-time evening £ 1,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time evening £ 2,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time evening £ 5,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time evening £ 2,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

Key information

Department of Media and Cultural Studies
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8221