Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
- £18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
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.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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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.
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).
- Moving Images: Technology, Forms, Receptions
- Reading Films
- Ancient Rome on Film
- Film Exhibition
- Genre in Italian Cinema
- Hollywood Genres
- How to Make an 8-Minute Documentary
- New Argentine Cinema
- Nordic Cinema: Contextualising Dreyer, Bergman and Dogme
- Political Cinema
- Russian Cinema: Epochs and Genres
- Spanish Film
- The French New Wave
- The Idea of Documentary
- Theories and Practices of Film
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%.
All prospective students can apply for the UCL Graduate School Open Scholarships.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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 degree
- PhD in Cinema Studies, New York University (2011)
- PhD in German Film and Language, UCL (2011)
- Editorial Intern, Crane TV (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 Festival, and the London Film School.
Why 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 film screening.
Student / staff ratios › 54 staff › 195 taught students › 58 research students
"UCL is a research-intensive university, one of the best in the world. Students and faculty are from many different countries, and take seriously our history of being a progressive and radical institution that seeks to make the world a better place. It has world-class academics and research infrastructure; and is literally minutes away from some of the best libraries and cultural resources."
Dr Lee Grieveson
Reader in Film Studies
"I am interested in the novel, narrative technique, literary theory and theories of gender. I have worked on the interaction of fact and fiction in the novel, on the relationship of female and national identity, and on the representation and ethics of shame. I’m currently working on an interdisciplinary project with German historians looking at the reverberations of the Second World War in Europe. I have benefited particularly from being in a department (German) that is in itself interdisciplinary, as well as from the growing interactions between colleagues within and across the faculties. These interactions are becoming more possible, not least through the establishment of the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII), of which I am currently Chair, but, crucially, the impact of the Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies (FIGS), now extended to two faculties, Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences. "
Dr Stephanie BirdGerman MPhil/PhD, Comparative Literature MPhil/PhD, Film Studies MPhil/PhD, Language, Culture and HIstory MA, Comparative Literature MA, Film Studies MA
Senior Lecturer in German
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 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.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
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