Film Studies MPhil/ PhD
UCL is home to a thriving research community in film and related media. We supervise projects on a wide range of topics relating to cinema history and theory. Graduate students from UCL have gone on to produce significant work in the field, and have taken up academic positions across the world.
Normally we expect PhD applicants to have a First or very high Upper Second in their first degree (or equivalent) and a Distinction or indication of distinction-level work at Masters level (or equivalent). All PhD applicants should present a convincing, well-argued and carefully formulated proposal and should have excellent standards of academic English.
Before you apply
Applicants are encouraged to send a research proposal to the Film Studies convenor. Your proposal
should address your research aims and questions, some account of extant
scholarship on the subject, a clear statement about your methodological
approach, and a provisional chapter outline. You should send this
before submitting an application.
All applicants must approach the convenor of the Film Studies programme, Lee Grieveson, with their proposals before applying. Applications which are received without the agreement of the convenor will not be considered.
When to make contact
For those candidates planning to apply for
funding, initial contact with a subject area convenor or a prospective supervisor should be made in
October or November.
The admission process requires an interview with
your prospective supervisor(s) and another academic member of staff.
Once you have submitted your application to UCL, your prospective
supervisor will contact you to set up an interview. It can be conducted
in person or via skype (for applicants who are not currently based in
More information about the application process.
For information about funding opportunities please visit the CMII funding page.
Departmental contact: Julia Wagner