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This MA offers you the opportunity to explore key aspects of film analysis, theory, history and practice. Through a range of different approaches to the study of film, including genre and textual analysis, audience studies, and media archaeology, you will be exposed to some of the most pressing debates about film today. Questions of ethics and whether we can consider film as a document; of how film works on our bodies as an affective medium; the reasons for film’s close affinity to urban, cosmopolitan and diasporic cultures; and the historical legacy of film as an international, and now transnational medium, are all central to the course. In exploring these questions, you will be introduced to some of the liveliest and most important chapters in the history of cinema.

The MA is both a valuable qualification in its own right and a pathway if you wish to study subsequently for a PhD in Film Studies.

This programme will:

  • Allow you to explore key aspects of film analysis, theory, history and practice.
  • Give you the opportunity to develop practical film making, scriptwriting, and directing skills, as well as study theoretical modules.
  • Offer you the chance to debate cutting edge issues in Film Studies. Compared to other Film Studies departments, Queen Mary has particular strengths in new areas of research in Film Philosophy, in Ecocinema and Screening Nature, and in film outside the cinema – in art galleries, on public screens, across social media.


Programme structure MA Film Studies is currently available for one year full-time study or two years part-time study.

You will take the Film Studies core module which spans two semesters and examines the many ways in which film has, during the course of a century, shaped both time and space. Drawing on an eclectic range of historical moments the module also provides an overview of national and transnational cinemas cultures (incorporating discussion of films from the USA, Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia and Latin America). You will also choose two single-semester module options. In addition, you will also complete an independent Film Studies Dissertation or Research Project.

Core module

  • Film Studies
  • Film Studies Dissertation or Research Project

Optional MA modules

  • Documentary Film: Theory and Practice
  • History, Fiction and Memory in French Cinema
  • Hollywood and the Second World War (from the School of History)
  • The Films of Powell and Pressburger
  • 9/11 and American Film

Additional Optional modules available

  • Cinemuseology: Theorising Cinema and the Museum
  • Ecocinemas
  • Film and Ethics
  • Film Philosophy
  • Mapping Contemporary Cinema
  • New Independent Indian Cinema

You will also be able to take one option offered by another MA programme in Film or Screen Studies at Birkbeck, Goldsmiths, King’s, SOAS, or UCL, if a topic is of particular interest, through our joint agreement.

For more information: Visit the Film Studies website.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.


You will submit three essays for the core module, one of 2,000-words and two of 3,000-words, and one 4,000-word essay for each of the two options. At the end of August you will submit a dissertation of 10,000 to 12,000-words.


You will also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £9,150

Part time £4,575

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £16,350

Part time £8,175


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU studentsand for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079


Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Visit the MA Film Studies page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!




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