Postgraduate research courses in Film Studies

The Department of Film Studies maintains a vibrant and comprehensive research programme in global film cultures, with staff expertise ranging from early cinema to digital media, from feminist cinema to film activism.

The Department was ranked second in the UK for Media and Film Studies by The Guardian Good University Guide 2024.

It offers state-of-the-art facilities, including specially fitted seminar and screenings rooms, a 3D projector, virtual reality, and a collection of over 9,000 audio-visual works. The Department also maintains one of the most robust Film Studies PhD communities in the UK with approximately 15 students working on a range of exciting topics and hailing from five continents.

The PhD programme offers three years of supervision on your own research project, culminating in a dissertation thesis. An additional continuation year with supervision is available in year four if needed.

Whilst writing your thesis is the major aim of your three years, you will also gain a number of other skills during this period which are essential for entrance into the current job market:

  • participating in and running specifically designed workshops, symposia, and study days
  • organising an annual postgraduate research conference
  • editing and contributing to Frames Cinema Journal
  • teaching experience in tutorials and guest lectures for sub-honours courses
  • publishing scholarship (book reviews, articles, edited collections)
  • applying for grants.

The Department offers an annual travel fund (subject to annual budget confirmation) for conference travel and other related expenses. It also offers an annual budget for library books and DVDs.

NOTE: For PhD entry in 2024/25, there are a number of funding opportunities available (see funding). The deadline for these applications is 8 December 2023.