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Film Studies (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

This unique and stimulating programme allows you to explore crucial concepts in the development of film theory and film-philosophy with an emphasis on auteur cinema.

We aim to give our students the opportunity to engage seriously with the analysis of film.

No prior philosophical training is necessary, but a love of cinema and an appreciation of its importance as an art form and critical medium is crucial. Edinburgh is an ideal environment for the study of cinema: we are home to the world-renowned Edinburgh International Film Festival, first-rate art house cinemas, a lively film culture and many job opportunities.

The MSc Film Studies is designed to make you familiar with the major concepts and theories of film but also to explore the burgeoning field of film-philosophy.

The programme will provide you with the analytical and critical tools for the investigation of individual films and the opportunity to discuss these in relation to specific movements and genres as well as contexts of production and reception.

Programme structure

Over two semesters, taught in small seminars, you will complete two compulsory and two option courses, and will be trained in research methods and skills. You will then complete a dissertation project under individual supervision.

Compulsory courses:

Film Theory

Option courses may include:

Cinema Auteurs
Cinema and Society in South Asia
Contemporary Japanese Cinema
Film Adaptation
Film and Gender
Film and Religion
Gender, Revolution and Modernity in Chinese Cinema
Mediating Film
Music on Screen

Career opportunities

This programme is an excellent chance to develop your cinematic interests and knowledge and to build your CV with a view to a career in academia, or in any film or media related field.

You will be introduced to Scotland’s lively film culture, with exceptional opportunities to network within the field.

You will also gain transferable skills in communication, research and project management that can be applied to any career you decide to pursue.

Visit the Film Studies (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. Multidisciplinary and comparative approaches are key aspects of film studies and we therefore welcome students coming from areas of study other than film.

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