M.A. Television Fiction Writing

Glasgow Caledonian University

Application deadline: There is no formal closing date for applications, but early application is advised.
Tuition fee:
  • € 10,480 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,545 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

Show more

Your Details
Thank You

Become a StudyPortals member and get access to exclusive information, like scholarships, related to your favourite programme!

Please enter your full name.

Something went wrong. Please try again here.

Confirmation e-mail address does not match.

Confirmation e-mail address does not match.

An account with this e-mail already exists. Please log in here.

Are you already a StudyPortals Member?
Find all members only information here


Thank you! Please check your e-mail to activate your account. Once your membership account is activated, you can find all information here.

You can also find alternative Masters here



For screenwriters television is where most of the opportunities lie. This award has been developed in close collaboration with the television Industry and wholly with its screenwriting needs in mind. Our students are taught by both academic staff and top TV scriptwriting practitioners. This programme forges an exciting new partnership between industry and education to produce the next generation of television script writers.

Through this Masters, you will gain knowledge and skills essential to succeeding in contemporary television drama. We aim to maximise employment opportunities for our graduates through close exposure to the industry, to some of its most successful practitioners and to their professional practice in action. However, this is more than 'skills only' training. This programme gives you space to reflect critically upon creative processes and dynamics, and upon the realities of producing work for the television industry, to become a flexible and independently minded TV scriptwriter needed for the 21st Century. In other words, our graduates not only know 'how' but also crucially 'why'.

Why choose this programme?
It is housed within Glasgow School for Business and Society, as such, it is in an excellent position to bridge both creative development and business aware skill sets for the TV industries.
The teaching programme has been developed in close collaboration with the television industry, ensuring that a real workplace context and direct market relevance is maintained. As well as input from Shed Productions (New Tricks, Waterloo Road, Footballers Wives), we also benefit from input from the BBC, STV and other independent producers and writers.
It focuses solely on writing for the growing television sector which is a key element of the Scottish, UK and global economies.
Successful students will graduate with both a masters degree and several projects or scripts ready to take to market.
Its learning programme is underpinned by both academic research credibility and cutting edge industry interventions
Competitive, industry-sponsored scholarships are available for this programme.


There are four main strands to this Masters:

Story and Script Techniques (2 modules) - students study story telling and narrative, genre, character and voice, developing their critical and evaluative skills as well as their creative writing talents.

Writing for Existing Long Running TV Drama (2 modules) - students gain understanding of how creative and writing processes work on long running dramas such as soap operas or medical dramas, and then write their own mock storylines and scripts.

Developing and Writing Original TV Drama (2 modules) - students tackle the challenge of creating their own original drama in the context of current commissioning trends.

Researching TV Drama Markets - students will explore the terrain of the TV fiction market, the main channels (home and abroad), commissioning policies and audiences in order to enhance their market readiness.

Programme structure
To achieve the full Masters award you must successfully complete 8 taught modules and an Independent Script Project in which students research and write (with supervision and support) material for an original six-part television drama series.
The full-time programme runs over 12 months. You will take four modules in Trimester 1 (Sept - Dec), and four modules in Trimester B (Jan - May). Following this, you will continue work on your Independent Script Project which is submitted in September.


Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements of Glasgow Caledonian University.
Applicants should have:

* A UK Honours degree 2:2 or equivalent
* Creative writing experience
* A strong desire to write drama for television

English Language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 7.0 with no element less than 6.5.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

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)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


    There are more scholarships available for this study programme

    to find more related scholarships for this programme.
    Not a member yet? Create an account and join +150 000 StudyPortals members.

    Create a free account now!

    • Save and compare your favourite study programmes
    • Apply for the
      € 1000 scholarship
      awarded by StudyPortals each three months
    • Receive personal updates helping you to find the right study programme for you
    Sign up for free or log in

    We are helping thousands of students to find a university abroad!

    Fortunately enough I was able to find StudyPortals. Right from the start of the application to getting the confirmation of admission I was using StudyPortals.
    Shivprasad - India

    Sign up for your personal newsletter and we will help you too.

    We will send you all the information you need to find your dream study programme!

    Thank you
    Thank you for your question. We will get back to you soon! The reply will be sent to your account which you can activate via the e-mail you just received. Find more study programmes