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Film Studies (Film & Philosophy pathway available) - MA

Course content

This course has been designed for students who want to deepen their knowledge of the world's cinemas and is taught at the leading centre for Film Studies in London. It offers an extensive range of options covering all aspects of film style, representation, spectatorship, and philosophical approaches.

Our perfect location close to BFI Southbank (including the BFI Library) Southbank Centre, and Tate Modern means you will be studying in the heart of London was access to fantastic resources. The course is ideal for careers in the Media Arts and related Culture Industries, or preparation for further study.

Key benefits

  • Internationally renowned staff.
  • Focus on cutting-edge ideas and developments in film culture.
  • Ranges across European, American and World cinema from highbrow to lowbrow.
  • Located in the heart of London.
  • Film & Philosophy pathway available.


Contemporary film studies is a diverse, interdisciplinary field that incorporates a variety of approaches to the analysis of film and film culture. Our Film Studies MA builds on the research strengths of our distinguished staff to offer modules that examine a wide range of cinema styles and approaches to studying film.

We have designed this course for students who want to deepen their knowledge of the world’s cinemas and explore the very latest approaches to studying them. You will participate in a number of research activities, including a programme of lectures by nationally and internationally distinguished scholars, international conferences, twice-weekly 35mm cinematheque screenings, a focused graduate training programme, and a student-organised work-in-progress conference in May.

The course comprises five taught modules and research project leading to a dissertation.

Course format and assessment


If you are a full-time student, we will provide you with four hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 32 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with two hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 16 hours of independent study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


We assess the majority of our modules through coursework essays (normally 5,000 words) and occasionally exams. For your dissertation, you will write a 4,000-word critical survey and a 15,000-word essay.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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