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Mrs Patrizia Oliver

Email: patrizia.oliver@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7024

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

All prospective students can apply for the UCL Graduate School Open Scholarships.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Film Studies MA

This interdisciplinary programme is taught by staff from a wide range of departments at UCL, all international experts in the field of Film Studies. Linguistic and cultural expertise informs our teaching on the filmmaking traditions of France, Italy, the Nordic countries, Russia and its neighbours, Spain and Latin America, and the USA.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme, covering a wide variety of world cinemas and historical moments, is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge of both the history of cinema and its contemporary development, and with the skills, concepts, methods and theories required for the study of cinema at graduate level.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

Each year, we welcome students from all over the world to our Film Studies MA. Under the aegis of UCL's Centre for Intercultural Studies, students spend a year amongst a thriving, cross-disciplinary community of cinema scholars and research students.

We have particular research strengths in film history, film theory, and in an exceptionally broad range of national and regional cinemas.

UCL has made a major commitment to refurbishing its multimedia infrastructure for the study of film and related media. This includes building a significant collection of print and visual materials and new facilities for group teaching in video and DVD modes.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), three options (90 credits), a dissertation (60 credits) and a research methodology module (not credit bearing).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or part-time two years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Moving Images: Technology, Forms, Receptions


  • Theories and Practices of Film
  • The French New Wave
  • Nordic Cinema: Contextualising Dreyer, Bergman and Dogme
  • Spanish Film
  • The Latin American Cinematic Tradition
  • How to Make an 8-minute Documentary
  • Crime Scenes
  • Documentary Cinema
  • Weimar and Nazi Film
  • Ancient Rome on Film
  • Hollywood Genres


All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and film and video screenings. The core courses are assessed by essays and examinations, which together count for 20% of the final mark. Optional courses are assessed by essays (40%), and the dissertation makes up the final 40%.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Honours degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Candidates are advised to apply much earlier. Please note that most deadlines for studentships fall in early Spring of the year of entry.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with a first degree in film studies or another relevant discipline 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.

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.


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.

First career destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Barbican Centre: Curator
  • Athens International Film Festival: Programmer
  • Continuum Books: Editorial Assistant
  • Albion Films: Producer
  • Shanghai Video Production: Chief Editor
  • Phoenix Cinema: Arts Administrator
  • Tribal DVD Company: Media Executive
  • British Film Institute: Communications Co-ordinator
  • London Film School: Assistant Film Editor
  • BBC: Information Architect
  • Film Flex: Website Developer/Research Assistant

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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