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MA Screenwriting: Feature Film and Continuing Series




What will I learn?


This vocational course will enable you to develop your own creative screenwriting practice and an extensive portfolio of work in preparation for a career as a screenwriter.

You will be based in the Northern Film School and will work alongside production courses and be taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, talks, discussions and screenings. You will be supported as you work on self-directed projects and writing exercises. You will be encouraged to explore your own creative potential and test your ideas across a range of platforms including film and television, and you will develop an understanding and appreciation of the impact of new technologies on the industry.

You will be introduced to a wide range of ideas from industry which will inform and inspire your development as a writer as you gain a thorough grounding in key concepts and concerns of screenwriting for a range of screen media. This course will emphasise the creation of new ideas through provocation, stimulation and inspiration. You will be paired with a mentor for your final project which will replicate professional practice by encouraging you to develop a script in response to a client's needs.

Throughout your course, you will work to develop your voice as a writer. You will be supported by staff with valuable industry experience at all stages of your creative process as you plan, prepare and write for screen. Constructive feedback on your work from your tutors will be delivered in tutorials and seminars, and collaborative feedback from your fellow screenwriting students will help to shape your ideas.

In order to do this effectively you will need to understand the history, context and application of various forms of screenwriting and develop a sophisticated understanding of genre conventions and their application.

You will present your ideas to industry through professional events organised by you and your fellow students.

The Northern Film School and Leeds School of Arts has professional links with a wide variety of organisations including Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF), Hyde Park Picture House, Duck Soup Films, ITV Yorkshire, Screen Yorkshire and freelance industry practitioners, and you will be encouraged to begin building your professional networks from day one. Masterclasses led by filmmakers will enable you to learn from and work with experienced industry professionals and you will have the opportunity to engage with current film practice taking place within the school through practical, visual and sonic exercises, and short film shoots. As a student on this course you will have the chance to submit short scripts to be considered for production on the undergraduate filmmaking course at our university.


Independent study is a crucial part of learning at university and you will be required to undertake many hours of self-directed research and reading, and preparation and writing of assessments. Your course is delivered through a number of modules, which will help you to plan your time and establish a study routine. Outside of your lectures, workshops and tutorials, a range of support is available to assist with your independent study. Our subject-specific librarians will be on hand to direct you to the specialist learning and study-skill resources. You’ll also be assigned an academic advisor to give you tailored feedback and support.

Our silver status in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework, reflects our commitment to deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

Which department am I in?

Film, Music and Performing Arts

Study options

Full Time (15 months)

Tuition fees
£15,000.00 (US$ 18,454) Overall cost
The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023


Leeds Beckett University

City Campus,


LS1 3HE, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have completed Bachelor degree with GPA of 2.5 or above. English language requirements: Bachelor degree from an American University.

For international students

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. You should also submit a portfolio to evidence an aptitude for the subject. All suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be required to attend an interview. Candidates based overseas will be supported to undertake this electronically and/or by telephone. IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Leeds Beckett University

The university’s five-star rating from QS World University Rankings is proof of a commitment to giving students a top-quality learning environment.

  • Scholarships of up to GBP 5,000
  • Students from 143 countries study at Leeds Beckett
  • 91 percent of graduates are in work/study after 15 months
  • Based in Leeds, one of the UK’s most student friendly cities

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