As a Film Studies MPhil or PhD student you will form a crucial part of our research culture. Our thriving community of postgraduate students work across schools and disciplines. Research ranges from modern languages to English literature, English language, linguistics and arts and cultures.
We are keen to work with postgraduates in the major research projects listed below, or in the more general areas related to them. We supervise projects that span academic schools and sub-disciplines, ensuring the best fit between your interests and the expertise of our staff.
Early cinema and cinema culture in Britain and the USA (the history of film style; popular cinema culture; points of contact between literature and film; Hollywood after 1975)
Latin American cinema (cinema and memory studies; cinema and the imaginaries of post-conflict; cinema and contemporary Latin American society; cinema and the city; cinema and theatre - performance studies)
French cinema (popular film from the 1930s to the present; stardom; gender and representation; cinema audiences and theories of spectatorship)
Algerian cinema (postcolonial cinema; cinema and the representation of trauma; cinema and the Algerian War; contemporary French cinema; French horror and fantasy cinema; cinema and the work of Pierre Bourdieu)
Transnational Chinese cinema (Chinese independent films and film festivals; transnational Chinese cinema; stardom and performance; gender and sexuality; audience and reception studies; action and martial arts genres)
We organise an annual postgraduate conference for the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and you can get involved in a number of film-related research seminars on campus, including: the Research Group in Film and Media series; the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics visiting speaker series; the School of Modern Languages research seminar series.
You will benefit from the North Eastern Regional Film Seminar, which brings together film scholars from the Universities of Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland, Teesside, Durham and York for a one day symposium.
There is also the Film Factory, an exciting new film forum for students and staff, initiated by two PhD students from the School of Modern Languages, Gary Jenkins and Mani Sharpe. It consists of a series of film screenings followed by discussion and debate at the Culture Lab.
Training and Skills
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.
For further information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/film-mphil-phd/#training&skills
How to Apply
For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/film-mphil-phd/#howtoapply
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject. We would prefer for you to have an MA or MLitt in film studies.You may need to attend an interview, which can be via Skype if necessary. If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other sub-skills).