Taught course

Film Studies:Theory History Practice

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Drama, Film and Music

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a good honours degree of upper second class (2.1) or above, or an equivalent qualification, in a related or relevant area. The deadline for applications to the 2015/2016 programme is June 30th 2015. Applications from serious candidates may be considered after this date. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

The course is a unique opportunity to embark upon a detailed
investigation into the intellectual currents and aesthetic concerns
surrounding the study and practice of film. From the outset,
questions of history, theory and context are brought to bear on
issues of close analysis and interpretation. Elective modules
in Screenwriting, Creative Documentary Practice and Editing
allow students to balance film theory with practice. At every
step of the way your progress will be informed by an emphasis
on independent study and critical thinking. In addition, the
course aims to develop the key transferable skills required for
postgraduate study. These include dissertation preparation, time
management and oral and written presentation.
Course Structure
The course consists of six taught modules and a Dissertation
module that includes Research Methodologies. The
Dissertation and Research Methodologies module prepares
students for the formal processes of research and writing
at M.Phil. level. Classes will cover library use, archival skills,
electronic resources, use of Endnote, research skills, note
taking, writing and oral presentation and power-point
techniques. Students will write a dissertation of approximately
12,000–15,000 words on an approved topic to be supervised
by an appropriate member of staff.
In addition, students choose six of the following elective
modules: Aesthetics of Digital Cinema; Cinema and Ireland;
Current Trends in European Cinema; Cult Cinema; Melodrama;
Editing; Creative Documentary Practice and Screenwriting.
Please note: all modules are subject to change and/or
availability. Students must take three modules in Michaelmas
term and three modules in Hilary term, subject to timetabling.
Assessment is by a combination of coursework and
—— Each module will be assessed by a combination of written
and/or practice based assignments as appropriate and
class participation. Total ECTS: 60
—— Dissertation of approximately 12,000–15,000 words and
Research Methodologies assessment. Total ECTS: 30
Postgraduate Diploma
A Postgraduate Diploma in Film Theory and History may be
awarded in certain circumstances on the basis of coursework
alone (60 ECTS). Entry is the same as for the M.Phil. programme.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Paula Quigley
+353 1 896 3512