Taught course

Film: Theory and Practice

Newcastle University · School of Modern Languages

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in film, media studies or a related subject such as English, modern languages, history, sociology, art or psychology. We will also consider applicants with a degree in a different subject alongside relevant professional experience, such as film journalism or teaching in film.

Months of entry


Course content

This master's in Film Theory and Practice covers four areas:

  • film theory: history and approaches, narrative and aesthetics, authorship, stardom, national cinema
  • cinema management: film festival, exhibition culture, marketing
  • filmmaking
  • screenwriting.

You can specialise in areas of film theory, and/or in film practice. Film practice includes cinema management, screenwriting and filmmaking.

This master's could be suitable for you if you're interested in:

  • advancing skills developed at undergraduate-level
  • developing the skills needed to pursue a career in the creative industries
  • establishing the foundations for a PhD in film.

It will challenge and engage you in developing insights into film as a crux of modern life and media.

This course is co-delivered by researchers and filmmakers from the:

The study of film has a long history at Newcastle. Our community of film scholars share specialisms in:

  • film genre
  • film stardom
  • gender and ethnic identities in cinema
  • writing on film
  • documentary film.

Our research interests also range widely in Anglophone, French, Hispanic, East Asian and Middle Eastern cinemas.

Industry professionals and practitioners from outside of the University will also teach you.

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Information for international students

English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Applications are accepted until early August, although specific deadlines for funding may apply. Applicants who do not fulfil all the entry requirements for the Master's level may be registered as Diploma students and subsequently upgraded to the MA on successful completion of the taught elements.

Course contact details

School of Modern Languages
+44 (0) 191 208 5867