Entry requirements

Film Practice PhD: A 2:1 honours degree and preferably a merit master's degree, or an international equivalent. Films Studies MPhil, PhD: A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject. We would prefer for you to have an MA or MLitt in film studies. 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.

Led by award winning documentary filmmaker Dr Ian McDonald, Film@CultureLab is committed to developing a distinctive approach to film practice pedagogy and research. This is rooted in an understanding of film as a cinematic medium and filmmaking as a means of expression and of challenging, critiquing, and intervening in the social and historical world.

Acclaimed filmmakers Nick Broomfield and John Akomfrah joined Film@CultureLab as Visiting Professors of Film Practice in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Film@CultureLab also recently established Film Praxis, a public-facing screenings and events initiative.

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.
Contact Dr Ian McDonald for Film Practice, Aisling Hood for Film Studies

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 9 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Aisling Hood, Postgraduate Officer, School of Modern Languages
+44 (0) 191 208 5867