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Full time October MA Full-time: 2 years

About the course

This Master's degree in film and screen media explores the history, development and interaction of film, television and other screen media. You will have access to world-class postgraduate teaching and research at Birkbeck, and spend one term abroad at a leading university in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, or Canada. This is the only Master's degree in film and screen media in the UK that includes an international exchange with prestigious European and North American universities.

The course encourages you to explore a wide variety of screen media in historical, sociological, aesthetic and anthropological terms and, also, in a variety of cultural and national contexts.

You can personalise your MA studies and specialise in areas of film and screen media

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Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject (eg humanities, modern languages or social sciences). Knowledge of at least one other European language at a level to allow you to follow a postgraduate-level course at one of our partner institutions.

As part of the application process, you are required to complete a 700-1000-word written exercise by choosing a film or television programme which you have recently seen and explaining why you found it innovative.

Upon review of the application and the entrance task, admissions tutors will invite successful candidates to attend an interview.

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Ioana Parry

4110.jpg The encouragement and the expertise of the tutors and the passion of the students in her lectures has been an ongoing source of inspiration for Ioana. “Everyone was here because they loved what they were doing. That creates a wonderful atmosphere in classes,” she comments.

Despite Ioana’s work being unrelated to her studies in Film History, she gained a lot of skills that helped her at work. “I use the things I learnt on my course in my job all the time,” she says. “For example, how to develop an argument and how to use it to achieve one’s goals. Also, how to assess a situation, looking beyond the first impression, which I think is very important in life. The writing skills that I have developed in essays and assignments are useful for structuring reports that I have to produce in my job, and my approach to research in my job has improved - I am much more methodical now.”

Beyond the benefits to her working life, Ioana thinks that the course has brought her innumerable personal benefits. She comments: “I have developed creatively more in the last two years than in the previous ten. This MA has given me enormous confidence in myself, making me feel wiser and enriching my life overall." Ioana enjoyed her MA so much that she is currently enrolled on two Certificate courses at Birkbeck and has just applied to do a PhD at the College as well. “Studying has become a way of life for me,” she says. She concludes: “Studying at Birkbeck was an amazing experience. I would recommend it to anyone”


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