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Writing for Screen & Stage - MA

Course Description

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.

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

•Apply online
•Apply directly to us using the application form available here http://www.regents.ac.uk/media/1188903/Regents-application-form.pdf
Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

•Copies of academic transcripts and certificates of all academic study undertaken after secondary school
•One letter of academic reference
•A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience if applicable.
•A 300 to 500-word personal statement in support of your application, outlining your reasons for applying to your chosen programme and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
•A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
•One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at )
•If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Please note: most candidates will be assessed for admission on the basis of their submitted application materials. However, RUL reserves the right to invite candidates for interview and to reject those who decline to attend.

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, we will make you a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

•Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
•Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
•Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)
•Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/how-to-pay.aspx

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website for current information: http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).

For more information on course structure, admissions and teaching and assessment, please follow this link: http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/programmes/ma-writing-for-screen-stage.aspx#tab_course-overview

Visit the Writing for Screen & Stage - MA page on the Regent’s University London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Gary Wright

The prospectus described exactly what I was looking for. Regent's MA Writing for Stage & Screen offered the ideal means for perfecting both stage- and screen-craft together – perfect when you’re looking to sharpen all the writers’ tools in your possession. Also, the experience of the tutoring staff conveyed an impressive pedigree.

Regent’s is a great venue in a great location, ideally situated for stepping out into London’s creative art-land. The campus is also a great escape into academic life – both tranquil and inspirational.

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, as peers, are embarked upon the same journey.

There hasn't been one module of this course that I haven’t enjoyed. All have been necessary (crucial, in fact), and ultimately rewarding. It’s a pleasure being among like-minded individuals, sharing the experience of learning and improving our craft together. The creative tonic of analysing, brainstorming, and sharing ideas around the same table cannot be underestimated.

Particularly enjoyable have been the film screenings, theatre workshops, play nights and group readings. It’s also been rewarding co-ordinating both stage- and screen-craft together – usually to tight deadlines, which are, after all, a realistic aspect of professional life!)

Exposure to a wide variety of tutors – all respected industry professionals – has fed enormously into my work and the whole learning experience. Taking and receiving constructive criticism from a range of different viewpoints has been immensely valuable. Likewise, receiving positive inputs on a variety of fronts, has helped me to recognise good work on its own merits.

Having students from different parts of the globe definitely brings greater connection to the wider world, as well as beneficial insights through their experience of the industry ‘back home’.

Studying at Regent’s you have a sense of being centrally connected, and of prestige too. Regent's, in my mind, will always be inextricably linked with being a student at a justifiably proud and impressive London institution.


US Financial Aid - loan - No. of awards TBC

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.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to the cost of attendance set up by the University


Nationality: US citizens and Green Card holders

Application Procedure

Application processFor an outline of the application process please use this flowchart http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/scholarships-funding-and-bursaries/us-financial-aid.aspx#flow

Further Information



Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

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

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to 15% off tuition fees


Most undergraduate students who graduate with a Regent’s University London degree are eligible. Recipients will be expected to support the work of the External Relations team with on-campus recruitment activity, such as helping with Postgraduate Open Evenings.

Application Procedure

For further details please email the alumni team - [email protected]

Further Information



Future Finance loans - No. of awards TBC

The University has partnered with Future Finance (as an alternative source of funding for our students*).The features of a Future Finance loan include:Loans are offered to all higher education students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) with a UK domiciled address, (students must meet appropriate credit checks and be aged 18 or over)
Loans are offered from £2,500 - £40,000 and can include living costs as well as tuition fees
Loans are repayable up to 10 years after graduation
Students can take up to four three month payment breaks during the loan period
Representative 11.8% APR (variable)
*Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance webpage.https://regents.futurefinance.com/Please note that other sources of funding may be available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,500 - £40,000


Nationality: UK and EU

Application Procedure

To find out more and to apply, please visit the Future Finance webpage - https://regents.financemyfuture.co.uk/

Further Information



Postgraduate loans - Student Finance England 2016-17 - 20+ Awards

The PGL will be available to UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of their programme.They must have been most recently resident in England, and must not have moved there from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purpose of attending the programme. Temporary absences from the home address, such as for education or travelling, will not prevent an applicant being eligible for PGL.Individuals may be eligible if they are an EU national or if they have the residency status of refugee, humanitarian protection, EEA or Swiss migrant worker, a family member of any of the previous categories, or a child of a Swiss national or child of a Turkish worker.You are permitted to transfer between Master’s programmes and retain your Postgraduate Loan (PGL).Repeat years of study will not be funded, unless you can prove compelling personal reasons (as defined in the SFE regulations) for repeating an academic year.Further funding is not available where you do not complete your studies in the specified programme length. However, you can suspend and resume your programme. No loan disbursements will be made during suspension periods.Withdrawals from programmes will be reported to the SLC immediately, and no payments will be made when you are no longer in study.Students with outstanding student loan arrears or students who have been previously declared ‘unfit’ for student support (e.g. due to attempted fraud) are also not eligible.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £10,000


Nationality: Primarily UK, EU (see details)

Application Procedure

Important information for your applicationOnline applications will open from summer 2016 via the PGL website https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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. For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we also require proof of English proficiency - please view our website.In addition, we ask you to submit a sample of your creative writing and to undertake an interview.

Course Fees

Tuition fee: £10,000 Registration fee: £250 Non-EU advance deposit: £2,000

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