Taught course

Film Studies

University of Dundee · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree in Film Studies, English or a related discipline. Applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree programme is designed to provide students with an understanding of the cinema and the way films are developed, and their medium's relationship to other art forms. Students are encouraged to think critically about these ideas, and to appreciate the importance of relating critical close analysis of style and form to theory, context, politics and history. These analytical skills, combined with assessment that tests presentational and communication skills and problem solving abilities, are essential in the workplace. The programme is inherently interdisciplinary in its approach (looking at film in relation to literature, art history and music, television and popular culture).

You will study one core module, various options and a dissertation.

  • Approaches to Film Studies: Theory, Criticism and Archives
  • English Studies Dissertation

Plus optional modules, from a list such as the one below:

  • Approaches to Literature, Criticism and Culture
  • Approaches to Film Adaptation
  • The Cinema of John Huston: Adaptation and Authorship
  • Two British Auteurs: Ken Russell and John Boorman
  • The Writer-Director in American Film
  • Joyce and the Cinema
  • Comics and Film
  • Film and Theatre
  • The Literature of Hollywood

All the core teaching is conducted 5.30-7.30pm to allow attendance by part-time and full-time students alike. Other classes are scheduled for the mutual convenience of staff and students.

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, seminars, presentations, invited speakers and discussion groups, lectures, workshops, practical classes and demonstrations.

Information for international students

The programme approaches film both from the point of view of the medium and the industry, and as an international phenomenon. Knowledge of films from one country is often very relevant to film production in other countries.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Brian Hoyle
+44 (0)1382 384417