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MA Film Studies


Course Description

The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008).

MA Film Studies offers a unique opportunity to explore and make creative connections between film analysis and film practice. Our course has a distinctive focus on international, alternative, and documentary cinemas whilst also providing a solid foundation in key elements of film history and theory, including Hollywood.

Taught by academic film specialists and professional filmmakers, students gain a strong sense of independent filmmaking practice and the ability to apply their academic knowledge of film to collective and individual filmmaking projects. Our course is eminently suitable for you if you wish to pursue or develop a career in the film/media industry or if you seek to go on to study film at PhD level.

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

(Student Profile)

Wendy McMahon

“I have always had a passion for literature which led me to doing my Phd in LIterature. was I really enjoyed my time at Essex when I was completing my undergraduate degree and I chose to return to complete my PhD study because of the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies’ comparative and interdisciplinary nature.

What I enjoyed most was the independence I had whilst completing my research. The Department houses a wide range of expertise and provides a lively intellectual space within which to engender your own research.

The University of Essex has such a strong sense of community. Whilst at Essex I took every opportunity that the Department offered, whether it be training, the opportunity to present work, or social engagements. I would always advise others to do the same as I gained so much from these experiences.

My best memory of my time at Essex has to be when I presented my first research paper at a departmental seminar, it gave me a real sense of achievement.

Since completing my PhD I have been appointed as a Lecturer in American Studies within the School of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. My PhD study provided me with the fundamental training required for me to forge and pursue my desired academic career.


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Entry Requirements

2.1 or above in appropriate discipline; IELTS 7.0.

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