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MA Film and Media

Course Description

This MA in Film and Media allows you to develop your critical and theoretical understanding of film and media through a range of approaches to the disciplines. You will acquire specialist subject knowledge, experience of advanced study, the practical skills necessary to undertake advanced research, and training in transferable research skills and methodologies.

Initially you will develop your research skills by studying the critical, theoretical and methodological approaches to film and media before selecting elective modules to tailor the programme to your own requirements. The programme culminates in the production of a written dissertation.

If you have interests in film, contemporary media and popular culture and/or if you wish to pursue a research-based higher degree in this subject area in the future then this is the programme for you.


The programme begins with two compulsory modules which interrogate key film studies, media theories and methodologies across the twentieth century. The modules also include integrated research training and are designed to help contextualise your own research.

On completion of these two compulsory modules you will select a number of optional modules to develop new skills and tailor the MA to your own specific expertise. Elective module themes may include transnational media, European cinema, genre studies and gender and sexualities.

Full-time students will complete taught modules at the end of the second semester and work on a compulsory dissertation/project over the summer, building on the skills and knowledge you have already acquired. If you opt to study the MA on a part-time basis, you will study the taught modules over two years and complete the compulsory dissertation/project at the end of Year 2.


The taught programme involves lectures, seminars, tutorials and case study work. Formal teaching will be augmented, where appropriate, by guest speakers.

While working on your project/dissertation during the summer you will meet with your supervisor for regular one-to-one meetings.


You will be based primarily in the Department of Media and will be taught by experts in their respective fields. There is a vibrant research culture within the department with a regular programme of visiting speakers, professors and industry professionals.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods, from the traditional academic essay to reports, research portfolios and projects. To a large extent, your choice of research topic will determine the type of assessment employed.


Once you graduate, you will be equipped with a highly desirable portfolio of transferable skills that will make you highly employable. Graduates may progress on to a wide variety of potential careers in areas such as arts organisation and management, journalism, libraries and learning centres, management/administration or teaching (further training required),. Alternatively, the skills and experience acquired through successful completion of this MA also provide essential preparation for progressing to research qualifications, such as an MPhil or PhD.

Visit the MA Film and Media page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this MA you should have a minimum of a UK lower second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. For overseas applicants, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. Alternatively, you may apply with appropriate professional qualifications and experience. This would normally include experience of working in a management and/or organisational context.

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