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Your course
The MA in Screenwriting is an exciting and challenging programme, which provides in-depth training in the art of writing for film within a supportive learning environment. The programme has three core objectives: to teach the craft of writing screen narrative, to help students find their own voice as writers and to encourage the development of critical and analytical skills. Emerging graduates are equipped to engage in various areas of screen narrative, including writing for film and television, new and emerging forms of digital narrative, script development and editing, and film criticism and analysis.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
QQI Level 8 degree or equivalent H2.2. GPA 3.0 or international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable. Students who do not meet the honours degree requirement but have a Level 7 (Merit 2) degree may be admitted to the PDip course, with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their coursework during the year. Students may only apply for the MA. Those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted with relevant professional experience via a qualifying exam, or be admitted to the PDip.


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Graduates from the MA in Screenwriting include an Oscar nominee as well as numerous winners of national and international awards. Our students have gone on to success in various areas of the film and television industry as writers, directors, producers and script editors. Projects by Screenwriting students have achieved funding through RTE’s Storyland, BBC Northern Ireland’s Tony Doyle Bursary and the Irish Film Board short and feature film initiatives. The graduate script My Brothers, by Will Collins, opened to acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival and Galway Film Fleadh in 2010, and his subsequent feature, Song of the Sea, was nominated for an Oscar in 2015.

Further enquiries

Jenny Roche
T: 353 91 494 182

Dee Quinn
T: +353 91 495 076


1. As a student on this programme, you will experience small, intimate classes providing close interaction with lecturers and industry professionals.

2. As a student at the Huston School, you will be part of a collaborative creative community, working with students across a range of MA programmes to develop your writing skills and your understanding of the history and craft of filmmaking.

3. You will also have all the opportunities which come from studying at one of the world’s top universities, including access to a range of seminars and high-profile guest speakers.

Application date

WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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