Film Studies MA
Options: PG Diploma
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 Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Southeast Asia.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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 Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII), 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.
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.
All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 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:
All prospective students can apply for the UCL Graduate School Open Scholarships.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014. 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 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.
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
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
Top career destinations for this programme
- New York University, PhD Cinema Studies, 2011
- UCL, PhD German Film and Language, 2011
- Continuum Books, Editorial Assistant, 2009
- Athens International Film Festival, Programmer, 2009
- Crane TV, Editorial Intern, 2011
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 that include the British Broadcasting COmpany, the Barbican Centre, the Athens International Film Festivl, and the London Film School.
Mr Joseph Taylor
T: +44 (0)20 7679 3096
Ms Patrizia Oliver
T: +44 (0)20 7679 7024
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