MA/Postgraduate (Screenwriting)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

This programme offers training in screenplay writing, integrated with courses in film theory and analysis, supported by regular film screenings and workshops. The ethos of the programme is ‘reflective practice’— that is, understanding screenwriting as a process informed by narrative analysis, cinematic traditions and creative discussion. The programme offers thorough discussion of narrative theory and structure. There will also be the opportunity to review draft scripts with individual students.

Students on the MA in Screenwriting course have participated in Imaginative Storm—a highly popular, residential creative workshop conducted annually in the autumn by US writers Allegra Huston and James Nave. Other successful industry-led workshops have included TV Drama, Writing for Soaps, Short Filmmaking, Writing Animation and Script Editing.


Huston School of Film and Digital Media

The Huston School of Film and Digital Media was established in 2003 under the active patronage of the (John) Huston family. The School offers a dynamic approach to film and digital media training, with a strong emphasis on critical studies. As well as offering postgraduate programmes, the Huston School also hosts a range of guest seminars during the year with academics and practitioners of film. Visitors have included Gabriel Byrne, Seamus McGarvey, Lenny Abrahamson, Mark O’Halloran, James Cromwell, John Boorman, Roddy Doyle, Colin MacCabe, Laura Mulvey and Mike Figgis.


Key facts

Entry requirements

NQAI 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.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: MA—90, PG Dip—60

Average intake: 15

Closing date: You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The year is divided into two teaching semesters. During the first semester, you will develop your story idea to treatment stage. During this time, you will also study American film history. These classes involve regular screenings, discussion and analysis.

The second semester focuses on the writing of your first draft and a choice of optional film theory related modules including Film History since 1945, Screening Irish America, Gender Sexuality and Cinema, and Imagined Irelands. The summer period is given over to writing the final draft of your feature length screenplay.

The course is a full-time programme taken over a twelve-month period (September to August). The year is divided into two teaching semesters (September to December and January to April). The summer period will be used to complete a final script.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

  • Dr. Seán Crosson, M.Phil, PhD
  • Dr. Niamh Doheny, M.A., PhD
  • Dr. Mary Watson Seoighe, PhD
  • Jenny Roche, MA
  • Tony Tracy, MA

Requirements and assessment

Students will be assessed on the various modules by essay and exam. Students will also be required to complete a feature length script as their final assessment, to be submitted in early August.

Find out more

Jenny Roche | Dee Quinn
T: 353 91 494 182 | +353 91 495 076
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PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2014/15

M.A. EU Full time programme:  €6,015

P.Dip. EU Full time programme:  €5,965