Taught course

Film and Television: Research and Production

University of Birmingham · Department of American and Canadian Studies

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Film and Television: Research and Production is the new title for the long established and very popular MA in History, Film and Television. Although history is still very much an element of teaching and research on the course, this new name better reflects the opportunities available on the MA to study and work within the film and television industries.

This MA introduces you to a career in the media and combines rigorous academic training in research skills and methodology with technical and vocational training in designing, researching and editing programmes. It also includes a unique work placement of up to 12 weeks in the media industry.

Excellent communication skills, with high standards of both written and spoken English, are essential for this MA.

This interdisciplinary masters programme is designed to help you take the specialist academic knowledge from your first degree and apply it in practical ways to kick-start your career in broadcasting or scholarly research. Combining academic and professional training, the programme provides hands-on skills with a core understanding about how the industry works, promoting both critical and creative thought.

You will study three core modules:

  • Research, Development and Commissioning
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Guided Editing/Guided Reading

The MA also includes a unique work placement of up to 12 weeks in the media industry at a partner company, such as Maverick Television,and you will complete the programme with either a 25 minute documentary film or a 15,000 word dissertation.

This programme also offers the opportunity to gain a Skillset accredited qualification in Health and Safety, in addition to your MA, which is a great enhancement to your CV.

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Fees and funding

For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005