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Do you want to develop a broad range of skills that will be directly applicable within the film and television industries?

Are you looking to kick-start your career in media production or scholarly research?

The MA in Film and Television: Research and Production places employability at the heart of the programme. Utilising a combination of theoretical approaches, critical engagement, creative practice and hands-on technical training, this MA gives you the chance to work within a dynamic and innovative department. It combines rigorous academic training in research skills and methodology with technical and vocational training in designing, researching and editing audio-visual content. It also includes a work placement of up to 12 weeks in the media industry.

Excellent communication skills, with high standards of both written and spoken English, are essential for this MA.

Please note: There are specific application deadlines for this programme. Please see 'How to apply' in course details for more information.

Course details

This interdisciplinary masters programme is designed to help you take the specialist academic knowledge from your first degree and apply it in practical ways to kick-start your career in media production or scholarly research.

Combining academic and professional training, the programme provides hands-on skills with a core understanding about how the industry works, promoting both critical and creative thought. 

You will study four core modules (full descriptions available below):

  • Development and Production Processes for Film and Television
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Research Skills in Film and Television
  • Guided Editing/Guided Reading

The MA also includes a Placement and Training module, allowing you to gain work experience in the media industry. 

This programme also offers the opportunity to gain an industry-recognised qualification in Health and Safety for productions, in addition to your MA, which is a great enhancement to your CV. This is part of the Production Safety Passport Scheme approved by Creative Skillset (the skills body for the creative industries in the UK).


Your modules are assessed through a combination of practical and written assignments. You will complete the programme with either a 20-25 minute documentary film or a 15,000-word dissertation.

Learning and teaching

Training in editing and filming is delivered as part of the MA and we have an on-site technician to give you as much guidance as you need.

All of the equipment is provided on the course and following training you will be able to borrow cameras for filming throughout the year. Students are encouraged to work together extensively in their modules, especially practical work, mimicking the collaboration that students will find as standard in the creative industries. To this end, students are also encouraged to undertake as many filmmaking opportunities as possible throughout the year, including taking advantage of the many extra-curricular filmmaking opportunities offered via the department.

Course delivery


Full-time students will take three modules in the autumn semester: Research Skills in Film and Television, Documentary Filmmaking, and Development and Production Processes (DPP). This is alongside practical training, lectures from industry professionals and employability workshops.

Guided Editing or Guided Reading will then be completed ahead of a June deadline, alongside the placement module. Placement arrangements will be bespoke for each student, with the written component of the module due in July.

The dissertation will be due in late August, at the end of the year’s study.


In their first year, part-time students work alongside full-time students for two modules in the autumn semester, Research Skills and Documentary Filmmaking. Part-time students will also attend practical training workshops, meaning they are fully equipped to participate in audio-visual production. They will then complete Guided Editing or Guided Reading in their first year, submitting in the summer.

In their second year, part-time students take Development and Production Processes in the autumn and work towards completion of their dissertation the following summer. It is possible for part-time students to undertake DPP in the autumn term of their first year, if they so wish.

The placement module is flexible across the two years, but the 4,000-word assignment will also be due in the summer of the second year.

The dissertation will be due in August, at the end of the second year of study.


The Placement Coordinator will work with all students on a 1:1 basis to identify suitable opportunities based on each individual’s interests and availability.

Support with academic writing

As a postgraduate student in the College of Arts and Law, you have access to the Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) which aims to help your transition from undergraduate to taught Masters level, or back into academia after time away. The service offers guidance on writing assignments and dissertations for your MA/MSc programme with individual support from an academic writing advisor via tutorials, email and the provision of online materials.

International students can access support for English Language development and skills through the Birmingham International Academy (BIA).

Visit the Film and Television: Research and Production - MA page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!






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