Taught course

Film Studies

University of Essex · Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies

Entry requirements

A 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Film Studies offers a unique opportunity, not only to explore film and video from analytic and aesthetic perspectives, but to apply this theoretical knowledge to a collective or personal video project. Our focus is mainly on alternative, low-budget cinemas but our core seminar also takes in fundamentals of film history and theory, including Hollywood. Modules are taught by our film specialists and by professional film/video makers.

Graduates will have a strong sense of independent, documentary and experimental film-making practices, and our course is intended to act as a bridge if you wish to pursue careers or further courses in film and video.

Our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies is distinctive in the breadth of our cultural interests, combining expertise in literature, film, and theatre studies to provide a strong and supportive environment for your studies.

Many of our academic staff are scholars of international reputation including our professors, John Gillies, Richard Gray, Peter Hulme and Marina Warner, who are recognised experts in the fields respectively of Shakespeare, US literature, postcolonial studies, and cultural history. Richard Gray was the first specialist in US literature to be appointed to the British Academy, while Marina Warner is a distinguished novelist who has been appointed to the British Academy. Since 2009, internationally acclaimed poet and Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott has worked annually with our students as our Professor of Poetry. In January 2011, he was awarded the prestigious TS Eliot Prize for his latest collection, White Egrets.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.5 in writing

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719