Film Studies MA (Hons)

In St Andrews

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  • Typology


  • Location

    St andrews (Scotland)

  • Duration

    4 Years


The MA (Hons) in Film Studies offers a comprehensive study of global film cultures. Film Studies uses a variety of critical, theoretical and historical approaches to examine one of the most significant cultural and artistic forms of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The course critically examines the history of moving images across time and cultures, looking at a diverse range of topics from sexuality on screen to activist documentary, from propaganda to digital media. Engaging the industrial, institutional and psychological contexts of global cinema, as well as analytical, media-historical and political approaches to film scholarship, you will emerge with a powerful set of scholarly tools.




St Andrews (Fife)
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University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ


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To take into account

The Honours syllabus reflects the research expertise of teaching staff, who are in many cases pre-eminent scholars in the field. Students work closely with the teaching staff, developing excellent intellectual, writing and research skills that are useful in a wide variety of professions. Specialist subjects you may be able to take include: cinema in the digital era colonial cinema film and media history film festivals film, human rights and activism film sound film stars queer theory and gender identity sensory cinema world cinemas and global genres (science fiction, crime film, etc). The University of St Andrews operates on a flexible modular degree system by which degrees are obtained through the accumulation of credits.

Film Studies graduates are well placed to compete in today’s job market, having gained an extensive range of skills from written and oral communications to archival research and visual analysis. A degree in Film Studies from St Andrews will provide an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers as well as for careers directly connected with cinema, such as: advertising and public relations arts administration cinema management education film distribution and production film festivals journalism and media publishing.

SQA Highers AABB GCE A-Levels AAB IB points 35

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What you'll learn on the course

  • Film Studies
  • Cinema
  • Media
  • Film
  • Sensory Cinema
  • Silent cinema
  • Asian Cinemas
  • Documentary Cinema
  • Cinema and Politics
  • Digital Age

Course programme


In the first two years of your degree (known as sub-honours) you will take the required modules in Film Studies alongside modules in at least one other subject.

Typically, you will take one Film Studies module per semester during your first two years, and two modules per semester during your third and fourth year

1st Year

Students will take the following compulsory first-year modules:

  • Film History and Historiography: introduces key movements and moments in film history across the first 50 years of film.
  • Key Concepts in Film Studies: examines key concepts and approaches that are relevant to the study of film.
2nd Year

Students will take the following compulsory second-year modules:

  • Film Culture, Theory, Entertainment: explores a range of political, philosophical and cultural approaches to the cinema, centring on the key insights and breakthrough critical ideas that have informed the study of film and its role in society.
  • Modern World Cinemas: introduces significant cinematic developments across the second half of the 20th century, providing exposure to the work of some of the most significant cineastes in the world.

If you decide to take Film Studies in your third and fourth years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced module options. These range from film theories covering gender, national and transnational, and philosophical approaches to particular topics such as war and cinema, cinemas of India, and the European science fiction film. Students are encouraged to choose and develop their own specialisms and interests within the discipline of Film Studies.

Modules available will reflect current staff specialisms and therefore may vary year to year. Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:

  • Film and the Archive
  • Sensory Cinema
  • Silent Cinema
  • Asian Cinemas
  • Documentary Cinema
  • Cinema and Politics
  • Cinema and Media in the Digital Age
  • Feminist Film Studies

In fourth year, students also undertake a 10,000-word dissertation on an advanced topic in Film Studies. This independent project enables you to develop key research skills which are desired by both prospective employers and by graduate schools offering postgraduate degrees.

Additional information

Overseas Fee £22,350
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