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.
The MA programme requires a total of 180 credits.
- Moving Images, Technologies, Forms, Receptions (30 credits)
- Research Methods (0 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
- The Idea of Documentary (30 credits)
- Russian Cinema: Epochs and genres (30 credits)
- Hong Kong Cinema (30 credits)
- Global Cinemas (30 credits)
- East and South Asian Cinemas (30 credits)
- Performance, visual media and popular culture in Africa (30 credits)
- Theories and Practices of Film (30 credits)
- The French New Wave (30 credits)
- Genre in Italian Cinema (30 credits)
- Nordic Cinema: Contextualising Dreyer, Bergman and Dogme (30 credits)
- Spanish Film (30 credits)
- New Argentine Cinemas (30 credits)
- Short Films
- Ancient Rome on Film 1: From pre-cinema to Classical Hollywood style (15 credits)
- Ancient Rome on Film 2: From the 1950s to the 21st century (15 credits)
- Chinese Film and the Body
- American History in Hollywood Film (15 credits)
- Hollywood Genres (15 credits)
- Intercollegiate 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Please note that some modules fill up very quickly, whilst others are sometimes withdrawn according to student demand, so places cannot be guaranteed.
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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.
Candidates are advised to apply much earlier than the general UCL deadline.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.
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.
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.