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MA by Research in Screenwriting

You will work from initial story idea to second draft feature film screenplay or fully developed pilot episode (45-60 pages) and series bible for a television project. You will also submit an analytical essay of 3000-5000 words to set your creative work within its research context.

The MA by Research in Screenwriting has no taught element. You will work independently with support from your academic supervisor.

This programme is also now available as a distance learning option.

Entry requirements and application

You will normally be expected to have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. You may be invited for an interview and asked to send samples of your creative practice work.

Application requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Degree transcript
  • Two References
  • Research proposal
  • Sample work  

The proposal should be two pages. The first page should outline the script you plan to write while on the programme, including title, logline, genre, setting, and overview of the story; the second page should be a personal explanation of why you want to do the MA by Research, including references to relevant films or television programmes.

We also require a ten page script extract as evidence of your creative work. It can be a stage play or a screenplay.


The fee rates for all postgraduate research programmes in the department are classroom-based. Please visit the tuition fees and expenses webpages.

Find out more

For more information on any of the degrees please contact Andrew Vickers.

How to Apply

You can find full guidance on how to apply to our MA by Research in Screenwriting on the York study webpage.

When you are ready to apply, you will need to complete an application form and upload an academic transcript and research proposal. If you are an international student, you will need to upload a copy of your latest English language certificate.

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International Applicants

Specific entry requirements and funding opportunities for your country

English language requirements

Overseas students requiring a Student Visa:

If you are an overseas student who requires a Student Visa to enter the UK, you will not be permitted to undertake part-time study.  For further information, please refer to the UKCISA website.