Writing for Screen & Stage - MA

Join the UK’s first MA in writing professionally for three markets – film, TV and theatre.

This programme has been designed with the writer in mind: you attend five four-day intensive workshops over the period of 21 months, and spend the rest of your time writing when you like, where you like, with constant script guidance by professional working writers throughout. The four-day workshops run from Thursday to Sunday, minimising your commitment if you work full-time.

  • Become a member of a small and supportive group of ongoing active writers
  • Watch your work being performed by actors
  • Enjoy free London theatre visits
  • Analyse and discuss nightly film screenings
  • Produce high-standard scripts honed and ready for the professional market
  • Direct peformances of your scripts in our own Marylebone Theatre
  • Indulge yourself in two years of pure writing as you develop a second career in film, TV or theatre

Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa.

Why should I choose this programme?

Have you ever dreamt of writing the next major cinema release or a gripping new drama series for the BBC, Channel 4 or Netflix?

Can you imagine seeing your own play on stage in one of London’s 60+ theatres?

Or you create a work that starts small but grabs someone’s attention, and grows to become the next commercial screen or theatre attraction?

Perhaps your ambition is to adapt your favourite novel or short story for the screen or stage, and see it performed?

All these are possible. Many classic and famous stage and screen works were dreamt up and written by people with no prior experience of writing scripts, and even no ambition to do so, and many works started on a small stage or screen, and got spotted, picked up and became international hits.

This MA gives you all the tools and tuition you need to join those writers whose work we watch and hear daily on TV, in the cinema, on stage and on radio.

Our intensive programme of ongoing distance tuition combined with five four-day writing workshops on our beautiful Regent’s Park campus in central London, will do more than help you to achieve your Master’s degree: it will prepare you for professional commissions and script sales.

The script is the cornerstone of television and film production. No budget is raised, no actor commits, no director is hired, no studios or locations booked, no crews or stage staff employed without it. From idea to the point of the final script, all productions start from it.

Key skills, aims and objectives

You will develop transferable script writing skills which can be deployed in all areas of origination and creative analysis and which will enhance you employment prospects in a very wide and varied industry – not only as a writer but also as a script editor, reader, developer, producer, director, agent or distributor.

Future opportunities

This programme trains writers, script editors, developers, producers, directors, agents and distributors – because all require a first-hand understanding of the writer’s craft.

This course has been designed as the catalyst for a new career: our team of writers guide everything you do – the rest is up to you.


Two years, part time

Additional information

The degree is in three stages, each seven months long.

It is taught by five group writing workshops on campus combined with off-campus distance tuition and guidance throughout the two years.

You write your scripts at distance but under the continuing guidance of your personal tutors.  

One common theme is how much the students enjoy the sense of community from spending the Residentials together in talks, workshops, seminars and discussions with other writers, but they develop their writing in their own time and at their own pace.

You may if you wish pursue an optional London-based screen industry or theatre placement, according to your preference.


All Writing Workshops take place from Thursday to Sunday


Stage 1

  • Short Scripts
  • Adapted Scripts
  • Production Case Study

Stage 2

  • Observational Research Screenplay
  • Thematic Research Play

Stage 3

  • Analysis of Scripts
  • Feature Film Screenplay OR
  • Full-Length Stageplay

See module descriptions

Future start dates

to be confirmed


Fees 2017
Tuition fee: £10,000
Registration fee: £500 (non-refundable)
Non-EU advance deposit: £4,000 (non-refundable)

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Our admissions requirement is a minimum of a lower-second-class (2:2) UK honours undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent, in any discipline, from a recognised institution. In addition, we ask you to submit a sample of your creative writing and to undertake an interview.

Samples of creative writing may be any length, ranging from short excerpts to full length screen/stageplays, to finished portfolios of work. These may be sent electronically, or presented as hard copies.

We are looking for evidence of potential that will then be developed throughout the duration of the two-year course. Please note that it is not necessary to have already completed a portfolio of work in order to be eligible for entry to the MA Writing for Screen & Stage.

Exceptional entry
We offer exceptional entry to the MA Writing for Screen & Stage for candidates who either do not meet the formal academic requirements, or whose qualifications were obtained a significantly long time ago and cannot provide formal evidence of these qualifications.

We recognise and value life experience and personal motivation, as demonstrated in your CV, sample(s) of creative writing, personal statement and interview. All exceptional entry decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the course leader.

English requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Latest update regarding ETS & TOEFL testing – The Home Office has suspended all ETS tests, including TOEFL exams, as evidence of English language ability from new visa applicants.

Please see the Home Office website for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/changes-to-english-language-certification-for-visa-applications--3

Therefore, if you are relying on an ETS / TOEFL certificate for Visa purposes please be aware that you will now need to take an alternative English proficiency test.

We will continue to accept the following English language proficiency tests:

  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge Advanced
  • Regent’s University London on campus diagnostic test

If you have taken and submitted the TOEFL test as part of your admissions application, or have any questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to make contact with our Admissions team to seek further advice and support.

– 18/07/2014


Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa.

For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we require a recent pass in any of the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C (for non-EU IGCSE students, please provide along with the IGCSE certificate, the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • IB Diploma English A grade 5 or above HL or SL. English B grade 5 at HL
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5 (for non-EU students: a minimum score of 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 90 (internet-based test) (TOEFL results not accepted post 17 April 2014 for non EU/UK students)
  • Pearson Test (PTE Academic) score of 58 (for non-EU Students: a minimum score of 51 in each component)
  • Trinity College London Level 1 Certificate in ESOL Skills for life (B2): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)
  • Trinity College London Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Skills for life (C1): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English II (B2): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive. For more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Please also note that you may be exempt from taking an English language test if the last three years of your full-time education have been taught completely in English.

On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us: exrel@regents.ac.uk

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships

Regent's Postgraduate Progressions Scholarships reward the loyalty of undergraduate students who progress to entrol on a postgraduate degree with us. It's our way of saying thank you.

Scholarships are worth up to 15% of tuition fees. The higher your degree classification, the higher the scholarship amount you will be awarded.

  • 1st class degree = 15% tuition fee reduction 
  • 2:1 class degree = 10% tuition fee reduction
  • 2:2 class degree = 5% tuition fee reduction

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding for students studying at Regent's University London

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Postgraduate loans - Student Finance England 2016-17

Student Finance England (SFE) is now offering funding for UK and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker (under the age of 60 on the date of first class of the first Master’s degree).

Students, who already hold one Master’s degree (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification) will not be eligible.

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Study methods

This programme is taught via a mixture of five short, intensive group periods on campus, combined with periods of off-campus distance learning. 

Study is geared to the part-time student who prefers to study at their own pace.

On-campus periods feature traditional lectures, seminars, workshops, individual one-to-one tutorials, workshops and performance of students’ work.

You will write your scripts at distance, but under the continuing guidance of your personal tutor.

In addition the programme contains an optional London-based screen industry or theatre placement, according to your preference.

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Last updated: 09 September 2016


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Key information

Writing for Screen & Stage
Regent's School of Drama, Film & Media
Part time
2 years
£10,000 *
Next start date
to be confirmed *
Study abroad
Regent's University London

* See the admissions tab for further details on fees, scholarships and future start dates

Student spotlight



The programme has given me an awareness of what it actually takes, and means, to become a professional writer. I’ve also gained a critical appreciation of the components of my own craft and, not least, inspiration – both from tutors whom I respect as professionals, and fellow students who are embarked upon the same journey.
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