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Tuition Fees (2016/17)
£9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
£18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)

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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 Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Southeast Asia.


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 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


The MA programme requires a total of 180 credits.

Core Modules

Suggested Modules

Optional Modules

If you wish to take a module offered by a department other than CMII or SELCS, please contact the relevant departmental administrator in the first instance.

Please note that some modules fill up very quickly, whilst others are sometimes withdrawn according to student demand, so places cannot be guaranteed.

Intercollegiate Modules

Film Studies students can also choose options from members of the Screen Studies Group - Birkbeck College, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Queen Mary, King's College London, Goldsmith's College, Institute of Education.



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.

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: Excellent

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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.

Select your country:

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.

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.

Application deadlines
All applicants
29 July 2016

Candidates are advised to apply much earlier than the general UCL deadline. Please note that most deadlines for studentships fall in early spring of the year of entry.

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.


For information on specific opportunities for programmes and research within the Centre for Multicultural & Interdisciplinary Inquiry (CMII), visit Funding, Studentships & Prizes on the CMII 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 programme
  • PhD Cinema Studies, New York University (2011)
  • PhD 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.