The Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies offers an exceptionally stimulating environment, where interdisciplinary research flourishes across film, television and media topics, including journalism, media history, the creative industries, memory studies and practice-led research. Our research aims for critical engagement with technologies, old and new, and poses theoretical, aesthetic and political questions associated with the rise of digital media.
The department is characterised by a strong research ethos, which has been enhanced by the foundation of the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, directed by Professor Laura Mulvey. Along with Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC) BIMI brings together the research interests of staff across the College and offers a stimulating range of events for staff and students as well as support for PhD students. The department also hosts the London Screen Study Collection, a unique archival resource of films about London.
The research environment of the department benefits externally from the activities of the Vasari Research Centre, and from its participation in the London University Screen Studies Group, which is an umbrella organisation covering all aspects of screen study across the colleges of the University of London.
In addition to the Birkbeck Library, research students have access to the nearby Senate House Library, various libraries of the University of London colleges, the British Library, as well as other specialist collections and institutions in central London, including the British Film Institute library. They may also take advantage of practical film-making opportunities offered through the Derek Jarman Lab.
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.
Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.
Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
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
A good degree including film, television, media studies, social sciences or related disciplines in humanities, history and visual studies as a major subject. Depending on your background and research experience, a BA might be sufficient. Generally we recommend that you apply with a good MA degree. You will also need to submit a specific indication of research interests with your application, and a 2000-word proposal. The requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Part-time home/EU students: £ 2187 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 4121 pa
Recipient: Birkbeck, University of London
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