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Film Studies MA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Film Studies MA

Bringing together those with a passion for contemporary cinema, this course focuses on a range of current approaches to film studies and provides an in-depth study of specific areas such as American independent, European, British and Far East cinema. It will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the importance of theory, method and analysis to the study of film, and you will be encouraged to test out original approaches, both in seminars and written work.

Key features

This MA offers the opportunity to carry out research into a variety of areas, including gender and sexuality on screen; religion, philosophy and film; censorship and ideology; industry and independents in New Hollywood; and cinema and media in the global context. You may also carry out research at the British Film Institute (the largest film archive in the world).

If you are interested in further research, this course provides an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD study.

What you will study

You will study all that is new, vital and innovative in contemporary and emergent cinemas. You will evaluate and critically analyse a range of perspectives on cinema in light of contemporary developments, shifting cultural alliances and patterns of cross-fertilisations. In addition, you will be introduced to the main areas of debate in the history of film criticism. Current modules focus on American cinema (mainstream and independent), post-1960 British cinema, European cinema (with specialist studies on gender and sexuality, and place and identity) and world cinema (with case studies on South-east Asia, Latin America, India and Iran).

In writing your dissertation, you will demonstrate your ability to research a topic of your choice in depth, gaining a rigorous grasp of current theoretical and methodological debates relevant to the subject area, as well as an understanding of the historical and cultural context.


Essays, presentations, research projects, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Film History, Theory and Analysis
Film Studies Dissertation
Media and Cinema in a Global Context

Optional modules

Freedom, Censorship and Subversion
Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Cinema
Special Study: Avant Garde and Experimental Cinema

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

The Film Studies MA is an interdisciplinary course, which provides the opportunity to study specific areas of cinema - such as European, British and Far-Eastern - in depth.

It is structured to provide a personalised path of study with clear goals for the future. The project-based approach to learning allows you to understand theories through practical applications.

Your dissertation gives you the chance to further develop an area of interest.

Many members of staff are active researchers so you can be sure your teaching is cutting edge.

The course is ideal if you have a personal or professional interest in film. It is designed to enhance your career if you want to work in an area such as education, journalism or film archiving. It also provides an excellent foundation for Mphil/PhD-level study in film.

The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your academic studies, you gain practical skills in:
data collation, review and synopsis;
communication (oral, written and electronic);
time management;
computing; and
co-operation and teamwork.

We offer a part-time study option to help you fit your MA around other commitments.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

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

(Student Profile)

Patricia Pérez Álvarez

"My year as a film student at Kingston University has been a very positive experience. We studied a wide variety of interesting modules, from European Film to Asian cinema, and I enjoyed every single one of the classes throughout the year. The fact that we were such a small class allowed us to fully participate and made the modules even more interactive and interesting. To sum up, this masters has been a very interesting and enjoyable experience that I would not hesitate to repeat."


Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A second class degree or above in a Humanities subject (Film, Media Studies, Languages, History, English, etc) or in the History of Art, Fine Art or other studio-based subjects which include an art historical or contextual studies component, or another area appropriate to the degree. Consideration is also given to non-standard entrants with relevant work experience that demonstrates the necessary skills and intellectual achievement required to undertake the course. The Faculty warmly welcomes mature students.

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