Screenwriting (Postgraduate Certificate) (-)




Birkbeck, University of London 

Screenwriting (Postgraduate Certificate)

About the course

This programme offers the opportunity to develop practical screenwriting skills and techniques, and to apply them to writing briefs, together with the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of communicating ideas in script form.

A distinctive feature is a fast-track core module, which will enable graduates in other fields to gain detailed knowledge of screenwriting conventions, an understanding of common formats, and the ability to analyse a brief and evaluate one’s own writing within a commercial context. Armed with the core skills of the fast-track course, a subsequent module will develop your skills in writing a draft script in either film or television format.


  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
  • Attain a high standard of screenwriting practice and a thorough understanding of how narrative works on screen.
  • Graduates in other fields can achieve professional standards of practice and understanding of the industry.

Course structure


  • Fast Track to Screenwriting
  • Writing a Draft Script


Teaching will be in the form of screenings, workshops, lectures, presentations, writing exercises and research methodologies exercises. Teaching is in small groups and one-to-one tutorials, with writing practice at the heart of the course.


Assessment is 100% coursework.


  • Part-time home/EU students: £ 2650 pa

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