Taught course

Film Studies

Queen Mary, University of London · Languages, Linguistics and Film

Entry requirements

We normally require an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in film or a relevant subject (such as English, history, media or modern languages).

Months of entry


Course content

This MA offers you the opportunity to explore key aspects of film analysis, theory, history and practice. Through a range of different approaches to the study of film, including genre and textual analysis, audience studies, and media archaeology, you will be exposed to some of the most pressing debates about film in the current moment. Questions of ethics and whether we can consider film as a document, of how film works on our bodies as an affective medium, the reasons for film's close affinity to urban, cosmopolitan and diasporic cultures, and the historical legacy of film as an international, and now transnational medium, are all central to the course. In exploring these questions, you will be introduced to some of the liveliest and most important chapters in the history of cinema.

From the earliest days of British cinema, London was the location of most British studios and it remains the national focal point for studying film. Our provision at Queen Mary is enhanced by our proximity to major cultural centres such as the British Film Institute, which includes the BFI Southbank, National Library and National Archive, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Cin- Lumire at the French Institute, the Whitechapel Gallery and the film archives at the Imperial War Museum.

This MA attracts high numbers of well-qualified applicants from the UK and overseas each year and is a valuable qualification in its own right and a pathway for applicants wishing to study subsequently for an PhD in Film Studies.

Programme outline
The core module spans two semesters and examines the many ways in which film has, during the course of a century, shaped both time and space. Drawing on an eclectic range of historical moments the module also provides an overview of national and transnational cinemas cultures (incorporating discussion of films from the USA, Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia and Latin America).

You can also choose two single-semester module options from a range including:

  • 9/11 and American Film
  • Auteur Direction (practical filmmaking option)
  • Documentary Film: Theory and Practice
  • Films of Powell and Pressburger
  • Frame, Space, Time: Approaches to the Experiences of Film
  • History, Fiction and Memory in French Cinema
  • Hollywood and the Second World War
  • Hollywood's Vietnam
  • Introduction to Film Archives
  • Married to the Mob: Mafia representations in Hollywood and Italian Cinema
  • Paris on the Screen
  • Reading Images: Painting, Photography, Film
  • Sighting Gender and Sexuality in Latin American Film

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Programme Administrator
+44 (0)20 7882 8332