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  • Gain a solid foundation in theoretical and critical film studies.
  • Have the opportunity to study areas of film theory, history and culture, as well as aspects of applied practice.
  • Learn from teaching and research-active staff who work in close collaboration with cultural partners including Community Arts Northwest, Contact Theatre, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology and North West Film Archive.

Course description

Our MA Film Studies course has been designed to provide considerable opportunities to study film theory, history and culture, as well as aspects of applied practice.

It caters for those who want to enhance their artistic and professional careers, or if you're planning to progress to doctoral study. The course is also suitable if you're relatively new to the subject area and want to establish a solid foundation.

If you want to enhance your employability, it provides an excellent springboard for careers in film, screen media and the creative industries, as well as educational, social and community professions.

The research and teaching strengths of our scholars span film, screen and media studies from form and theory to historical and cultural approaches, and from national cinemas to the politics of identity, gender and sexuality, and film music, as well as film practice.

This considerable breadth of specialism offers a wide range of options. Whether you want to strengthen your academic foundation in this subject area or wish to pursue niche areas of research requiring specific expertise - for example, documentary film-making, audio design or film music composition - you'll find the MA in Film Studies has a considerable amount to offer.

The Applied Film Studies pathway allows you to apply knowledge and experience of film theory and practice to a social and community setting, such as in schools, and community and cultural organisations, including the not-for-profit sector.

This involves acquiring practical skills in addition to theoretical knowledge, such as participatory video, sound design, film curation and programming, which could be applied to education, community and activist contexts.

Special features

Discounts at HOME

Receive a membership card for discounts at HOME, Manchester's centre for contemporary theatre, film and art.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through seminars, small group tutorials, workshops and surgeries, offering opportunities for lively and engaged discussions.

One-to-one supervision is offered on all dissertations.

Coursework and assessment

Written coursework in each taught 30-credit unit comprises a 6,000-word essay or its equivalent, such as essays, log books, evaluation reports, project critiques and practice analysis.

The dissertation is a 15,000-word project on a topic chosen in consultation with the dissertation supervisor.

Career opportunities

By teaching and developing a considerable range of transferable skills, this course enables you to keep open a wide range of career options.

Previous MA students have gone on to take up PhD study, with many then progressing to academic and teaching careers in further and higher education institutions.

Other former students have gone on to work for the BBC, independent television production companies and as festival organisers, as well as in film education and other areas of the film and screen media industry.


Visit the MA Film Studies page on the The University of Manchester website for more details!

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