Research course

Film Studies

University of Exeter · Film

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Entry requirements

Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in Film Studies, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

The Film Studies’ research culture at Exeter is varied and rich. All members of academic staff are active researchers, and the wide range of expertise in film studies is reflected in the diverse range research projects that our current PhD students are working on. These projects include the following areas: the political thriller in the 1950s, the politics of costume in 1950s French cinema; sound style and practice in contemporary US cinema; concepts of slow cinema; re-evaluating the western; HBO television and brand identity; female criminality in postwar US cinema; representations of history in Taiwanese cinema; rethinking narrative cinema; female fan culture in British silent cinema; visual perception in the films of Polanski; pop music and the Beatles films; the films of Nic Roeg and chromophobia.

Film Studies’ postgraduates are part of a vibrant research culture at Exeter. Staff and research students regularly present their research in the Centre for Research into Film Studies forum, which also hosts visiting speakers. Film studies staff and students also regularly organise conferences. As well as receiving research training, mentoring and supervision to support their research projects, many PhD students undertake training and practice in teaching, leading to a recognised qualification in higher education teaching.

Students also get to meet film practitioners on a regular basis to test out their ideas and work. We have two honorary professors of film, Don Boyd and Nic Roeg, who make termly visits to deliver workshops and tutorials.

Department specialisms

Main Areas of research: History and theory of American cinema; British and European cinemas; Transnational and world cinemas (African, East Asian, Latin American and diasporic cinemas and filmmakers); Early and silent cinema; US TV; Film technologies and special effects; Gender and sexuality; Stars, acting and performance; Adaptation studies; Genre studies; Sound

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.


Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more via the course page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    72-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)1392 725306