Film Studies


Film Studies MA

This interdisciplinary programme is taught by staff from a wide range of departments at UCL, all international experts in the fields of film and media studies. Linguistic and cultural expertise informs our teaching on the film-making traditions of Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and South-East Asia.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Location: London, Bloomsbury


The MA programme requires a total of 180 credits.

Core Modules

Suggested Modules

Optional Modules

Important: If you wish to take a module offered by a department other than CMII or SELCS, please contact the relevant departmental administrator in the first instance.

Please note that some modules fill up very quickly, whilst others are sometimes withdrawn according to student demand, so places cannot be guaranteed.

Intercollegiate Modules

Film Studies students can also choose options from members of the Screen Studies Group - Birkbeck College, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Queen Mary, King's College London, Goldsmith's College, Institute of Education.

Full list of intercollegiate options: TBA


Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with a first degree in film, media, or cultural studies or other relevant discipline in the humanities or the social sciences who wish to develop an advanced understanding of the place of cinema in the world, either as a suitable foundation for further research or as a professional qualification in its own right.

Application deadlines
All applicants
27 July 2018

Candidates are advised to apply much earlier than the general UCL deadline. Please note that most deadlines for studentships fall in early spring of the year of entry.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Film Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Film Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


You can find information about funding opportunities here.


Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Location: London, Bloomsbury


Graduates from the MA in Film Studies have pursued various careers, including: academic research and teaching; careers within media arts (writing, directing, editing); print and media journalism; arts and museum management; multimedia authoring and digital design; film preservation and curating.

Recent career destinations for this degree
  • Digital Manager, Soho Create
  • Team Member, Cineworld
  • Web Content Writer, Rotten Tomatoes
  • Media and Film Studies Lecturer, City and Islington College
  • Production Co-ordinator, BBC

Former students of this programme have gone on to careers in education and publishing and a wide variety of careers in the media arts, including film production, festival programming, and film curation with organisations including the BBC, the Barbican Centre, the Athens International Film Festival, and the London Film School.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.