Good honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. humanities, modern languages or social sciences).
Knowledge of at least one other European language at a level to allow you to follow postgraduate-level courses at our European partner institutions.
Months of entry
This programme, taught at Birkbeck and abroad, offers you a broad-based understanding of how film, television and other screen media have developed and interacted across their varying histories.
It encourages you to explore a wide variety of screen media in historical, sociological, aesthetic and anthropological terms and in a variety of cultural and national contexts, by drawing on the distinct intellectual traditions of our European and North American partners and of your tutors at Birkbeck and the University of London through the intercollegiate module exchange offered by the University of London Screen Studies Group. It also gives you the opportunity to specialise in chosen areas of screen media in order to personalise your MA studies towards specific intellectual interests and future career goals, enhanced by advanced language skills developed during your two semesters abroad at our partner institutions.
This innovative and flexible programme thus uniquely combines Birkbeck strengths and experience in postgraduate teaching with the European and North American excellence offered through our exchange programme with leading universities in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada.
While abroad, your choice of modules will depend on the partner institution you attend. Each university has a specific strength and specialism, which should guide your choice of university as the year abroad aims to help you develop and deepen your particular film and media interests.
You will need to have a good or very good knowledge of at least one European language in order to take advantage of the programme. Some universities offer language instruction for Birkbeck students to improve their language skills.
Information for international students
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Fees and funding
The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.
The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Student Advice Service
- +44(0) 20 3907 0700