Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
- £17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)
- All applicants:
- 1 August 2015
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 requirement: Good
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.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
Equivalent qualifications for Algeria
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).
- Reading Films
- Moving Images: Technology, Forms, Receptions
- Theories and Practices of Film
- Russian Cinema: Epochs and Genres
- Political Cinema
- Nordic Cinema: Contextualising Dreyer, Bergman and Dogme
- New Argentine Cinema
- How to Make an 8-Minute Documentary
- Hollywood Genres
- Genre in Italian Cinema
- Film Exhibition
- Ancient Rome on Film
- The Idea of Documentary
- The French New Wave
- Spanish 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.
More scholarships are listed on the scholarships 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
- New York University, PhD Cinema Studies, 2011,
- UCL, PhD German Film and Language, 2011,
- 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 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 GrievesonSubject: MA Film Studies PhD Film Studies Now and again the Issues in Modern Culture MA in English And the research culture more broadly of the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry, which is mostly - but not only - a centre for inter-disciplinary graduate work in the Humanities.
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
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