Creative Writing - Scriptwriting, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #188 (WUR) ,
The MA Creative Writing Scriptwriting from University of East Anglia addresses dramatic writing across the media with the rigour and professional insight that are the hallmark of our creative writing teaching.


The MA Creative Writing Scriptwriting at University of East Anglia will explore both theory and practice of dramatic writing, addressing contemporary critical debates, analysing written and performance texts, and experimenting with a range of techniques in original writing. Writers develop skills in constructive criticism and creative editing of each other's writing, towards the creation of a supportive writers' network.

The strand has three core modules. Firstly, Dramaturgy, where we study the core principles of drama as explored from Aristotle to McKee and as embodied in a range of plays, films and TV programmes, from Antigone to Game of Thrones. Alongside this runs Workshop where each week your writing benefits from the scrutiny of fellow writers and workshop leaders such as renowned playwrights Steve Waters and Timberlake Wertenbaker. The process offers you the chance to build an idea from concept to realisation under the keen eye of an industry expert.


The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia has a long-established international reputation in literary studies. World famous for our pioneering courses in creative writing, we are also home to prize-winning scholars and translators of literature and drama from all periods.
Our unique approach to the study of literature and writing is powered by our conviction that – to quote Ezra Pound – ‘literature is news that stays news'. At all levels of study, and on all degree courses, our School is the place where criticism and creativity go hand in hand.Our students are some of the most satisfied in the UK, with exceptionally high satisfaction ratings for their courses and teaching.
Our calendar is packed with events for our students, staff and the general public, including an Autumn and a Spring UEA Literary Festival each year. In 2013 we were proud to present the first FLY Festival of Literature for Young People.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Creative writing and research seminars
  • Creative writing dissertation
  • Creative writing workshop: scriptwriting
  • Creative writing: scriptwriting: dramaturgy
  • Creative writing: scriptwriting: process

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        Detailed Programme Facts

        • Programme intensity Full-time
          • Full-time duration 12 months
        • Credits
          180 alternative credits
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus
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        English Language Requirements

        You only need to take one of these language tests:

        • Minimum required score:


          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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          The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

        Academic Requirements

        Entry Requirements

        • Degree Subject: UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent preferred but not essential. 
        • Special Entry Requirements: Sample of work

        Students for whom English is a Foreign language

        • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in each section and 7.0 in writing)
        • PTE (Pearson): 68 (minimum 55 in each section and 68 in writing)

        Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

        Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university.

        Special Entry Requirements

        Candidates will be expected to submit a portfolio of writing for assessment - up to 30 pages of dramatic script/screenplay.

        Tuition Fee

        • International Applies to you

          15800 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 15800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
        • EU/EEA Applies to you

          7550 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 7550 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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        • We estimate living expenses at £820 per month.


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