This international programme is an intensive and comprehensive exploration of the history of audio-visual and moving picture media, from the early 1800s to the present day. It encourages you to explore a wide variety of media in historical, sociological, aesthetic and anthropological terms, by drawing on distinct intellectual traditions of our European partners presented by the European experts in the field.
This innovative and flexible programme uniquely combines our strengths and experience in postgraduate teaching with the European excellence offered through our exchange programme with leading universities in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands.
While abroad, your choice of modules will depend on the partner institution you attend. Each university has a specific strength and specialism, which should guide your choice of university as the year abroad aims to help you develop and deepen your particular film and media interests.
Our partner institutions
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3
Università degli Studi di Udine
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano
Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
Université de Liège
Ruhr Universität Bochum
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt
Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona
Université Lille 3
Università degli Studi Roma 3
University of Amsterdam
Université de Montréal.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
The only such MA in the country that includes an international exchange with a set of prestigious European partners.
An introduction to key historical moments in film and related media history.
A wide range of option modules at Birkbeck, partner institutions and associated colleges of the University of London - build your own personal pathway.
Renowned UK and European tutors teaching their specialist subjects, and invited speakers who are leading figures in all aspects of the film and media field.
You will research culture with a large doctoral community, and guidance for the development of doctoral projects is enhanced by the European exchange programme and award-winning film centre with its state-of-the-art, professionally equipped cinema.
The purpose-built Centre for Film and Visual Media Research in Gordon Square houses teaching facilities and research projects that follow on from the AHRC Centre which Birkbeck co-ordinated in 2000-2005, and offers exceptional screening and reference opportunities.
The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image was founded in 2012 to coordinate research in film and media across the College.
In addition to the Birkbeck Library, you will have easy access to the nearby University of London Library, the British Film Institute and the British Library, as well as other specialist collections and institutions in central London.
You will be encouraged to attend other lectures and screenings of interest organised by various research centres at Birkbeck and the University of London.
We attract a rich programme of visiting scholars and practitioners. There is a self-access centre for audio-visual materials and we have well-equipped computer facilities, including a multimedia laboratory.