This international programme is an intensive and comprehensive exploration of the history of audio-visual and moving picture media, from the early 1800s to the present day. It encourages you to explore a wide variety of media in historical, sociological, aesthetic and anthropological terms, by drawing on distinct intellectual traditions of our European partners presented by the European experts in the field.
This innovative and flexible programme uniquely combines our strengths and experience in postgraduate teaching with the European excellence offered through our exchange programme with leading universities in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands.
While abroad, your choice of modules will depend on the partner institution you attend. Each university has a specific strength and specialism, which should guide your choice of university as the year abroad aims to help you develop and deepen your particular film and media interests.
Our partner institutions
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 Università degli Studi di Udine Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense Université de Liège Ruhr Universität Bochum Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona Université Lille 3 Università degli Studi Roma 3 University of Amsterdam Université de Montréal.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings. The only such MA in the country that includes an international exchange with a set of prestigious European partners. An introduction to key historical moments in film and related media history. A wide range of option modules at Birkbeck, partner institutions and associated colleges of the University of London - build your own personal pathway. Renowned UK and European tutors teaching their specialist subjects, and invited speakers who are leading figures in all aspects of the film and media field. You will research culture with a large doctoral community, and guidance for the development of doctoral projects is enhanced by the European exchange programme and award-winning film centre with its state-of-the-art, professionally equipped cinema. The purpose-built Centre for Film and Visual Media Research in Gordon Square houses teaching facilities and research projects that follow on from the AHRC Centre which Birkbeck co-ordinated in 2000-2005, and offers exceptional screening and reference opportunities. The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image was founded in 2012 to coordinate research in film and media across the College. In addition to the Birkbeck Library, you will have easy access to the nearby University of London Library, the British Film Institute and the British Library, as well as other specialist collections and institutions in central London. You will be encouraged to attend other lectures and screenings of interest organised by various research centres at Birkbeck and the University of London. We attract a rich programme of visiting scholars and practitioners. There is a self-access centre for audio-visual materials and we have well-equipped computer facilities, including a multimedia laboratory.
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”
Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time)
We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.
Value of Scholarship(s)
To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16 Domiciled in the UK/EU Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13) Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time
If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme
Good honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. humanities, modern languages or social sciences). Knowledge of at least 1 other European language at a level to allow you to follow postgraduate-level courses at our European partner institutions. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa
Recipient: Birkbeck, University of London
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