The MLitt in Film & Television Studies, taught in Scotland’s media capital, offers the opportunity for the critical study of film and television. This well-established programme aims to provide an advanced understanding of the approaches and methodologies in Film & Television Studies and to equip you with core research skills for advanced study in this field.
• MLitt: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
• Contact: Lizelle Bisschoff: [email protected]
• You will be studying in Glasgow, one of the leading media cities in the UK, and be based at our Gilmorehill Centre, with its own cinema as well as extensive collection of video, DVD and digital resources.
• The Gilmorehill Centre is home to the international journal Screenand hosts the annual Screen conference every summer, attracting leading names in film and television studies from across the world. You will have the opportunity to participate in the conference as well as to engage with guest speakers from the academy and media industries throughout the year.
• The Masters is designed for those with some background in film, television, media or communication studies (or related fields) who are contemplating, or developing, a career in media research or criticism. It is particularly relevant as preparation for further postgraduate research in film and television.
The MLitt has three components:
Taught from September-March, which introduces the breadth of film and television studies as a discipline whilst developing core research skills. It is taught by staff working within the programme, giving you access to our wide range of expertise and approaches.
Three optional courses, selected from:
• a range of bespoke courses drawing on the research specialisms of the subject team. Recent options have included Critical theories of digital media; Documentary in film and television; History of critical writing on film and television; Multistrand narratives in the fiction film; Film and movement; Ethnicity and identity.
• courses which are offered as part of the MSc in Media Management (Media economics, Media and cultural policy, Issues in audience management)
• and you may choose one course from our undergraduate programme which cover a range of national and transnational cinemas (Scotland in film and television; New German cinema; Asian cinemas; Australian film and television; American independent cinema), periods (Interwar cinemas; Hollywood in the 1990s), genres (Children’s television; Contemporary television drama), approaches (Studies in authorship; Feminist film theory) and themes (Television, memory & the archive; Screen audiences; Screen violence; Sound in film & television; Studies in authorship).
A 15,000 word dissertation (May-September) on an aspect of film and/or television of your choosing, under the supervision of a dedicated member of staff.
The MLitt in Film & Television Studies at the University of Glasgow is a well-established programme taught in Scotland’s media capital. We have an excellent reputation for both teaching and research making this the ideal location for postgraduate study. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Film & Television Studies at Glasgow was ranked top of all courses in the UK in our discipline, with a student approval rating of 98%. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, Glasgow’s Theatre, Film & Television Studies Department was ranked as one of the top five in our field in the UK, with 85% of our research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent.
The MLitt in Film & Television Studies is aimed at students with some background in film, television, media or communication studies contemplating – or developing - a career in media research, criticism or administration, and is particularly relevant as preparation for further postgraduate research in film and television. This programme is designed to give you a wide-ranging knowledge of Film & Television Studies as a discipline, building core skills in relevant research methodologies and providing opportunities to develop specialist knowledge of selected areas of interest. It is also designed to help you develop research, writing and professional skills which will be transferrable to doctoral study or employment. As such, we employ a range of assessment strategies - including detailed textual analysis, group presentations, literature reviews and extended research essays. In the final part of the programme, you will formulate and carry out a substantial piece of research on a topic of your choice within Film & Television Studies, under the expert supervision of an assigned member of academic staff.
The programme is taught in the Gilmorehill Centre which offers its own cinema – where you will gather every week for the screenings which are a core part of the curriculum – as well as a Resources Room where you can access our Media Archive which has more than 6000 holdings, complementing the Library’s extensive collection of Film & Television books and periodicals. The building is the centre of a lively postgraduate culture in the related areas of Film & Television Studies, Theatre and the Centre for Cultural Policy Research.
The programme provides an excellent foundation for an academic career in this field and we provide support and guidance on PhD applications and funding opportunities if you are considering this path.
As an MLitt student, you will have plenty of opportunity to meet and work with our PhD students – for example, through the annual postgraduate conference – and find out about the range of research projects in which they are involved: from AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Projects with industry partners (BBC Scotland, the Glasgow Film Festival), to personally-conceived projects on filmmakers, genres, periods, or themes within film and television studies.
While the MLitt is a good training for PhD study, graduates go on to a range of careers in the media and creative industries including film education, festival management and programming, and arts administration as well as to research roles in television, academia, or the public sector.