Television Fiction Writing, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • 10400
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
Through this Masters Television Fiction Writing, Glasgow Caledonian University 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.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Taught by a combination of academic staff and top TV scriptwriters, our students work intensively on at least two drama series currently transmitting on British television.

You'll learn how to story conference, storyline, write scripts and edit these dramas, shadowing the real life dramas as they transmit and benefit from direct input from the BBC, STV and other independent producers and writers.

You'll benefit from:
  • Tutoring by writers actively working in British Television
  • Direct access to producers and commissioners
  • The opportunity to work on dramas presently transmitting on British television
  • Individual mentoring by experienced television executives on your original drama or comedy
  • One year mentoring by a London Agent
  • The chance to develop your original drama or comedy beyond the course working with a professional script reader
  • The option to compete for a co-written play staged in one of Glasgow's most exciting theatres

Created in close collaboration with the industry to maximise employment for our graduates, we aim to produce the next generation of great television script writers.

Why choose this programme?
  • Housed within Glasgow School for Business and Society, we are in an excellent position to bridge both creative development and business aware skill sets for the TV industries.
  • Teaching has been developed in close collaboration with the television industry, ensuring that a real workplace context and direct market relevance is maintained. We have on going input from BBC, STV and other independent producers and writers.
  • We focus 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.
  • Our learning programme is underpinned by both academic research credibility and cutting edge industry interventions
  • Competitive, industry-sponsored scholarships are available for this programme.
  • It has the prestigious Creative Skillset Tick of approval


Accredited by Creative courses.

Programme Structure

There are four main strands to this Masters:
  • Story and Script Techniques - 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 - 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 - 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.

Through this Masters, you will gain knowledge and skills to succeeding in contemporary television drama through close exposure to the industry, some of its most successful practitioners and 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'.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Credits (ECTS)
    60 ECTS
  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time

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Academic Requirements

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.

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 10400 International
  • GBP 7110 EEA
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There are sponsored scholarships available for MA TV Fiction Writing from:

  • Shed Productions
  • MG Alba (must be fluent Gaelic speaker)
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise (must live in Highland and Island region)
  • TalkbackThames

The application process for scholarships is separate from the admissions process, although you can do both at the same time. We will be asking all short listed applicants for the programme to come for interview and test, and we'll conduct scholarship interviews on the same day.

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