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Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

Film Studies

MA courses

Our MA courses offer a unique and in-depth exploration of film analysis and practice, combining a range of specialist modules with either a dissertation or a film or screenwriting project with accompanying critical commentary. All MA courses are available on a full or part-time basis.

Our intensive modules are taught in small groups by expert academic film specialists and professional filmmakers, and provide a thorough preparation for independent research and PhD study, as well as equipping you with skills for developing a professional career in the film, television and media industries.

Practical components of our courses are taught by professional filmmakers and screenwriters including Nic Blower.

A range of scholarships and funding are available to help fund your studies.

  • MA Film Studies

    Our MA Film Studies allows you to focus on a range of film specialisms, from Hollywood, world and independent cinema, to documentaries, experimental practice, and women filmmakers. Classes are based on the examination of films and texts while you are encouraged to engage with a variety of critical perspectives and debates such as Marxism, psychoanalysis, semiotics, postcolonial theory and gender discourse. You will also develop your skills in filmmaking practice including camera work, editing, lighting, screenwriting and production management.

    Full course descriptions are available through our course finder:


  • MA Film and Literature

    Our MA Film and Literature engages with the comparative study of interactions between film and literature. You will benefit from our extensive expertise in film theory and practice, as well as a wide range of literature specialisms, including European, American and Caribbean literature, adaptation and translation, postcolonial theory, psychogeography and myth.

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  • MA Avant-Gardes

    The Avant-Garde is an artistic movement that has had an impact across various forms of art such as literature, theatre and film, which pushes the boundaries of creativity and challenges the status quo.

    Our MA Avant-Gardes explores the concept of the Avant-Garde and the influence that it had during the inter-war period, and how it continues to influence creative arts today.

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Film and television production facilities

As a film studies student you will have access to our Media Centre. Use of this facility gives you access to state-of-the-art studios, cameras, audio and lighting equipment and professional editing facilities and production software including Avid, Final Cut and Pinnacle.

Film screenings and events

We hold weekly film screenings introduced by our academic staff in our dedicated 120-seat film theatre, as well as talks from visiting film makers.

Research seminars

We hold regular research seminars with speakers from the UK and abroad. Our students also regularly organise and present at our annual MA conference.

Languages for All

Reading texts and understanding films in their original language can be a real advantage for postgraduate research. Our University's Languages for All scheme allows you to study a language alongside your course at no extra cost.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and scholarships

Find about our fees and scholarships. If you would like any further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Research excellence

Research excellence

Three-quarters of our research is rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014). We do both creative and critical work across genres and media forms using a distinctly comparative approach.

AHRC funding

PhD student in library

Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

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