Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and preferably a merit master's degree, or an international equivalent, in a related subject, such as:

  • MLitt (if applying for Film Studies, MPhil and PhD)
  • film studies
  • English
  • cultural studies
  • modern languages
  • history
  • sociology
  • art
  • psychology

You may need to attend an interview, which can be via Skype if necessary.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

You can specialise in either Film Practice or Film Studies. Our Film Practice PhD provides you with a unique opportunity to develop your film as a practice-led research project. Alternatively you can undertake a Film Studies, MPhil or PhD studying British, Algerian, Chinese, French or Latin American cinema.

Film Practice, PhD

Newcastle University has embarked on an ambitious programme of growth in film practice under the name of Film@CultureLab. It’s led by award-winning documentary filmmaker Dr Ian McDonald. Film@CultureLab is committed to developing a distinctive approach to non-fiction film practice pedagogy and research. This is rooted in an understanding of documentary film as a cinematic medium and filmmaking as a means of expression and of challenging, critiquing, and intervening in the social and historical world.

If you’re interested in undertaking a PhD, be it practice-led, practice-based, or theoretical, in the following areas, please get in touch in the first instance with the admissions tutor Dr Geetha Jayaraman.

Film Studies, MPhil and PhD

As a Film Studies MPhil or PhD student you will form a crucial part of our research culture. Our thriving community of postgraduate students work across schools and disciplines. Research ranges from modern languages to English literature, English language, linguistics and arts and cultures.

We are keen to work with postgraduates in the major research projects listed below, or in the more general areas related to them. We supervise projects that span academic schools and sub-disciplines, ensuring the best fit between your interests and the expertise of our staff.

Information for international students

English Language Requirements

To study this course you need to meet our Band 7 English Language Requirements.

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills).

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Ian McDonald/ Dr Geetha Jayaraman
Email
pgmch@ncl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 191 208 6525