Film Studies MPhil/ PhD

UCL is home to a thriving research community in film and related media. We supervise projects on a wide range of topics relating to cinema history and theory. Graduate students from UCL have gone on to produce significant work in the field, and have taken up academic positions across the world.


Normally we expect PhD applicants to have a First or very high Upper Second in their first degree (or equivalent) and a Distinction or indication of distinction-level work at Masters level (or equivalent). All PhD applicants should present a convincing, well-argued and carefully formulated proposal and should have excellent standards of academic English.

Before you apply

Applicants are encouraged to send a research proposal to the Film Studies convenor. Your proposal should address your research aims and questions, some account of extant scholarship on the subject, a clear statement about your methodological approach, and a provisional chapter outline. You should send this before submitting an application.

All applicants must approach the convenor of the Film Studies programme, Lee Grieveson, with their proposals before applying. Applications which are received without the agreement of the convenor will not be considered.

When to make contact

For those candidates planning to apply for funding, initial contact with a subject area convenor or a prospective supervisor should be made in October or November.

The admission process requires an interview with your prospective supervisor(s) and another academic member of staff. Once you have submitted your application to UCL, your prospective supervisor will contact you to set up an interview. It can be conducted in person or via skype (for applicants who are not currently based in London).

More information about the application process.


For information about funding opportunities please visit the CMII funding page. Please note that to apply for a Wolfson, GRS/ORS or LAHP scholarship (2017/18 entry) you must have completed your application for a place to study at UCL by 1 December 2016.
Departmental contact: Julia Wagner