City, University of London

City, University of London

Creative Writing (Playwriting and Screenwriting)

In the 1st year students 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 2nd year students 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, students 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 is a showcase of work at the end of the programme to which industry professionals and advisory board members are invited; students are required to finish a full-length novel, memoir, play or screenplay.

Entry requirements

1st degree in any subject; certificate in creative writing; or professional qualifications; relevant experience may be accepted; portfolio of writing; interview (by telephone for overseas students).

Course modules

Modules include: dramatic writing; writing workshop; storytelling; the production business; own play or script.

Sponsorship information

UK/EU-based applicants with strong academic background may apply for Arts and Humanities Research Board award; overseas students should apply for grants in their own countries.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Part-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Northampton Square Islington EC1V 0HB South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
020 7040 5060