UCL sits at the centre of the vibrant, multicultural and cinematic city of London. The university, which was the first to establish Film Studies in Britain, houses a thriving graduate research culture in the subject alongside remarkable resources for the study of cinema across its history and across the world.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2019/20)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Honours degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and a Master's degree with Merit in a relevant field.
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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UCL has research strengths in particular in cinema and cultural history across the world. We have interests in early cinemas, new wave cinemas, and political cinemas.
- North and Latin American cinema history
- European cinema history
- Documentary cinema
- Non-theatrical/radical cinema
- The history of the discipline
- Silent cinema
- Film theory
- The political economy of cinema
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Now closed for 2019/20
- Tuition fees plus £17,280 maintenance (3 years)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Many or our graduates have gone on to academic careers as well as careers in writing and research.
Students who complete the PhD in Film Studies demonstrate the ability to produce original research and to construct convincing and original arguments. Many of those who have completed PhDs in Film Studies at UCL have gone on to significant academic positions elsewhere.
London is a vibrant centre for academic work, and regularly hosts seminars, symposia, and conferences. UCL is central to the city's research culture.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL provides a uniquely rich research environment for the study of cinema at the heart of the dynamic city of London. Students can draw on faculty expertise from across the university, in particular from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Social & Historical Sciences, the School of European Languages, Culture and Society, and the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry.
Students are supported by a dynamic research culture, a stimulating environment and excellent opportunities for research training. UCL houses numerous seminars and guest lectures, and researchers have access to world-class libraries at UCL, the University of London, the British Library and the British Film Institute.
What our students and staff say
"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."
Professor Lee Grieveson
Professor of Media History
"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. "
Professor Stephanie BirdGerman MPhil/PhD, Comparative Literature MPhil/PhD, Film Studies MPhil/PhD, Language, Culture and History MA, Comparative Literature MA, Film Studies MA
Professor of 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.
- All applicants
- 26 July 2019
You may apply at any point in the year, although we recommend that you begin your degree in September. If you wish to apply for funding for the next academic year, you are advised to submit your application before January of the current academic year. All applicants must approach the convenor before submitting an application.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
- Dr Keith Wagner, Convenor