MA Television Fiction Writing

Get the training, connections and experiences you need to make your mark in television. GCU's MA TV Fiction Writing masters degree is the only full-time masters degree focusing solely on writing TV drama for the UK.

Created in close collaboration with industry to maximise your employment opportunities, the MATV masters degree from Glasgow Caledonian University provides you with a full range of industry experiences and supports you in developing your own original drama.

  • Instruction from both academic experts and top TV scriptwriters in British television

  • Working in class on current television shows with guest speakers from those shows

  • Individual mentoring from experienced television professionals

  • Direct access to producers and commissioners

  • Support from a professional script doctor

  • Opportunity to graduate with two calling card scripts ready to take to market We'll teach you to story conference, storyline and edit scripts - all with direct input from the BBC, STV and other independent producers and writers.

Study your postgraduate masters degree with us and benefit from the university’s global reputation for academic excellence - combining academic theory with practical skills in a thriving and diverse community that shares a belief in the common good.

Your career

With the hands-on experience offered in our MA Television Fiction Writing degree, you'll graduate uniquely prepared to launch an exciting new career in the field. GCU has built a reputation amongst employers including Warner Bros. Entertainment UK and Shed Productions for training creative and accomplished professionals who leave the TV masters degree ready to make meaningful contributions to television. You may also choose to pursue further academic work. After graduation, you will enjoy a year's association with a top London agent.

There are four main strands to this masters:

Story and Script Techniques (two modules)

You will study storytelling and narrative, genre, character and voice, developing your critical and evaluative skills as well as your creative writing talents.

Writing for Existing Long-running TV Drama (two modules)

You will gain a thorough understanding of how creative and writing processes work on long-running dramas such as soap operas or medical dramas and then write your own mock storylines and scripts.

Creating Original TV Drama (two modules)

You will tackle the challenge of creating your own original drama in the context of current commissioning trends.

Researching TV Drama Markets

You will explore the terrain of the TV fiction market, the main channels (home and abroad) and commissioning policies and audiences in order to enhance their market readiness.

Module list

Story and Script Techniques (two modules), Writing for Existing Long-Running TV Drama (two modules), Creating Original TV Drama (two modules), Researching TV Drama Markets, Independent Script Project.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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MA
Full Time
1 Year
17 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
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All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Typical entry requirements

UK Honours degree 2:2 or equivalent and evidence of creative writing experience.

Evidence of creative writing experience

In the personal statement section of the application form, candidates must demonstrate evidence of prior interest and/or achievement in writing fiction for television and/or the general field of creative writing.

This must be supported by samples of personal creative writing (up to three short pieces such as: short stories, scene from play or screenplay). These works do not need to have been published or performed.

Additionally applicants must make a clear and unequivocal statement of why they wish to pursue a career in television writing.

Interview/Test

Candidates will also be required to attend and pass an interview and test as part of the application process. The test will consist of a previously unseen scripting exercise conducted under class test conditions.

Further information regarding the interview and test will be provided after review of a candidate's application.

English language

English language: Academic IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.5

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

Students on this course will get the opportunity to hear from guest lecturers.
This course has been designed with industry input.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £9,000
RUK: £9,000
EU: £9,000
International: £14,500

Tuition fees 2021/22

Home and RUK: £9,000
EU and International: £14,500

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

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Students on this course are assessed by continuous assessment.
This course is accredited by CSS.