Research course

Film Studies

University of Edinburgh · School of Literature, Languages and Cultures
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

Applicants are asked to send a writing sample (in English) of between 3000 - 4000 words. This can be a previous essay or dissertation excerpt submitted as part of your degree studies.

Months of entry


Course content

The MScR Film Studies I programme allows you to undertake a research degree by writing two substantial essays of 7,000 words on related topics of your own choice, before building on this with a dissertation of 15,000 words.

The MScR Film Studies II programme allows you to undertake a research project of your own devising, leading to a 30,000 word dissertation.

Supervised research can be provided on a wide range of topics (for example film aesthetics, themes, genres, movements and theories, art and experimental cinema). For multidisciplinary and transnational topics, further expertise is available from the extensive pool of specialists researching at the University.

Cinema Interdisciplinary Network (CINET); PhD and MSc students contribute to the postgraduate journal, FORUM.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Administrator
+44 (0) 131 650 4114