M.A. Scriptwriting

Aberystwyth University

Tuition fee:
  • € 4,099 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,969 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Aberystwyth Universitys MA in Scriptwriting is a highly vocational and industry-focussed course of study which actively seeks to prepare you for work as a scriptwriter for screen and broadcast. You will gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to enter the industry with confidence as well as finding the artistic stimulation to develop your own voice as a writer.

This MA course is designed to give you a complete experience of the creative and practical processes of this specialist writing discipline. Upon completion of the degree, you will have created a portfolio of work to a professional standard, from initial concept to finished draft, and thereby be prepared for professional practice. Your course tutors possess a diverse range of professional experience from many quarters of the British Media industry and, based in the fabulously well-equipped Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, you will find all the support, encouragement and expertise you need to emerge as a unique and highly competent scriptwriter.

This course is wholly practical and focussed on preparing you for success within a highly competitive creative industry. Aberystwyths Masters in Scriptwriting will provide you with a suitable foundation of theory and practice that can inform your further pursuit of Scriptwriting in a professional context. The modules will push you to: become fluent in narrative structure across a variety of media, including film, television and radio and the web; conduct independent, in-depth research into a chosen genre; and create a portfolio of work, including scripts and related material, that you can use as a calling card within the industry.

By completing this MA, you will gain a systematic knowledge of theories and techniques deployed by professional Scriptwriters and you will graduate confident in your readiness for engagement with the fast-moving demands of a range of entertainment, art and broadcast industries.

The minimum entry requirement for the MA in Scriptwriting is at least a BA Honours degree (2:1), but we will consider applicants with other experience which gives an equivalent basis for entry. Prospective Masters students should ensure that they have arranged with referees for their references to be available as required.


Industry Specialist

Every element within the Aberystwyth Masters in Scriptwriting programme enhances your employability because this MA is directly vocational. Upon graduation, not only will you possess industry-applicable experience of the substance, structure, style and principles of scriptwriting, you will also be equipped with a professional-standard portfolio with which you can begin pitching for work in your writing career. The value of this cannot be over-estimated: many MA graduates emerge with an excellent qualification and a dissertation to display upon a prominent shelf. You will possess a superb Masters qualification and significantly a portfolio full of highly contemporary and innovative work that you may present to employers in pitching for work.

From the beginning, your training will include the development of your practice of personal, peer and public criticism. By delving into the deepest motivations behind human engagement with character and narrative, you will understand more about yourself, your profession and your audience. This intensely personal and widely applicable course of study will make you fully aware of the power of harnessing narrative in the human experience. This, the most essential skill that a scriptwriter can obtain, is central to the industrys business function and therefore central to this MA course.

In addition to the class tutorials and modular lectures, the department runs an irregular series of master classes which offer a chance to meet and learn from a variety of active industry professionals. Although this is a non-assessed module, the master class series offers a significant opportunity for you ask insider questions and interrogate the professionals about the realities of scriptwriting life.

Broadened Employability

Alongside the development of your subject-specific knowledge and hands-on experience, an especially noteworthy strength of this course is the emphasis on personal development. As an emerging scriptwriter and academic, your strengthened research and critical faculties will make you a strong candidate for any post where ideas and topics need research, analysis, discussion, expansion and classification.

You will also have generated a cache of skills and abilities that are widely applicable and will suit a variety of generic employment contexts, should you choose not to pursue a writing career within the relevant media industries. For example, the module entitled Research Practices will expect you to examine and develop the range of methods typically used by researchers (observation, interview, focus group, questionnaire, reception sampling) and kinds of analysis used (focusing on methods of analysis of forms of audience talk) and to present your findings in a manner suitable for critical evaluation.

The pattern of creativity, research, analysis and discussion you will undertake in this course creates highly marketable skills which will, upon graduation, stand you in excellent stead for entry into employment. The organisational skills you will learn on this course will help you direct and therefore make the most of your creativity, bringing a balance of skills that prospective employers will find attractive. Employers also look for accuracy, thoroughness, an eye for detail and the ability to find and prove connections across broad subject matter, and you certainly will have proven yourself, simply by graduating from this prestigious MA course.


Applicants should normally possess a good first degree (2:1 or above) but we will consider applicants with other experience which gives an equivalent basis for entry.

Prospective Masters students should ensure that they have arranged with referees for their references to be available as required.

Non-native English speakers are required to take a University recognised test of academic English language proficiency with required minimum proficiency levels equating to an IELTS score of 7.0 or a TOEFL score of 610 (paper based test) or 250 (computer based) with an essay rating of 5.5. Applicants who have successfully undertaken a Bachelors degree in a UK University are exempt from this requirement.

English Language Requirements

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Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

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