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Film Studies

Course Description

This programme offers you the opportunity to undertake in-depth study on a chosen aspect of film and cinema studies. Following first semester modules in Research Methods and in Media, Culture, and Creativity, you embark on a 40,000 word dissertation (or practice-based equivalent). Specialist film staff across the College of Arts and Humanities at Bangor will be on hand to supervise, as you develop, sustain, consolidate and resolve a self-directed programme of work in the field of film studies, either creative or theoretical, over an extended period of time. The MRes is supported by a dedicated College-wide seminar series, which offers you the opportunity to present your own work in progress, and to develop an understanding of critical paradigms and research in Bangor and beyond.

Successful applicants for this programme will have an excellent first degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent practical/industrial experience, and a demonstrated ability to work independently to bring a self-directed project to completion.


Media, Culture, and Creativity Theory: This module builds on one of the School of Creative Studies and Media Department’s greatest strengths, by bringing students together with other practitioners and researchers from other fields of study in a forum for a wider discourse about current research in the media and creative industries. The module will provide a systematic overview of major 20th and 21st century critical schools and theoretical approaches, which are key for an advanced understanding of how to read and analyse creative, cultural and media artefacts such as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, film, video games and other new media texts.

Research Methods: This module equips you with an understanding and critical overview of key methodological issues associated with various types of research in the Media, Cultural and Creative Industries, in preparation for the dissertation.

MRes Humanities Dissertation: With guidance from academic staff, students following the MRes Humanities Dissertation module will be asked to choose a topic of their own, for further research. Students will be expected to produce an independently researched piece of work which will reflect the knowledge and skills acquired from the taught modules. The topic chosen may be specific to one culture or comparative.

Visit the Film Studies page on the Bangor University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lyle Skains

267.jpg Lyle Skains is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing with the School of Creative Studies and Media.

"My course is an interdisciplinary programme, where I am free to explore writing, drama, new media, television, radio, film, and any other aspect I care to incorporate in my research, even history or sociology, for example.

"In particular, my research is practice-led: I will write a novel-length creative piece (possibly a series of inter-linked short stories), and adapt them to digital stories. Digital fiction is a form of new media, incorporating visual, audio, hypertext, interactive, and possibly game and networked structures. I'll be looking at this new genre and how authors can reach new audiences, and how readers can gain new experiences of story through digital media.

"The School of Creative Studies and Media has already helped me immensely. Just the exposure to new ideas and interdisciplinary research has broadened my creative plans for future projects. As I would like to continue in an academic field, my experiences will contribute a great deal, from teaching experience, organizing conferences, networking with other academics throughout the UK and the international community, participating in departmental forums, accreditation from training programs... the list goes on!

"But the best thing for me is that I'm doing something I love, and I'm getting input from some incredibly bright, creative, and innovative people. In the short time I've been here, my intellectual world has grown tenfold with new ideas and new avenues my creative work can travel. The support from my supervisors and other faculty in the department has allowed me to explore any direction my research takes, which is a welcome relief after all the restrictions and impersonal treatment I've gotten from other universities.

"Bangor's a fairly small university, which I love! I've studied at two universities in the US, both enormous, and it was easy to feel lost. At Bangor, I know that if I sit in a uni coffee shop for an hour, I'm going to see at least five people I know from all different departments. I have much more sense of community here than anywhere else I've studied."


Entry Requirements

A good 2.i Honours degree or industry equivalent experience.

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