Taught course

Film and Television Studies

University of Glasgow · School of Culture and Creative Arts

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Film & Television Studies, taught in Scotland’s media capital, offers the opportunity for the critical study of film and television. This well-established programme aims to provide an advanced understanding of the approaches and methodologies in Film & Television Studies and to equip you with core research skills for advanced study in this field.

Why Glasgow

  • The Masters is designed for those with some background in film, television, media or communication studies (or related fields) who are contemplating, or developing, a career in media research or criticism.
  • It is particularly relevant as preparation for further postgraduate research in film and television.

  • In the last Research Assessment Exercise (2008), 85% of our research was classified as world-leading or internationally excellent. This research feeds directly into our teaching: all FTV staff contribute to the MLitt programme, providing you with access to a wide range of expertise.
  • You will be based at our Gilmorehill Centre, which offers its own cinema as well as extensive collection of video, DVD and digital resources.
  • The Gilmorehill Centre is home to the international journal Screenand hosts the annual Screen conference every summer, attracting leading names in film & television studies from across the world. You have the opportunity to participate in the conference as well as to engage with guest speakers from the academy and media industries throughout the year.
  • You will be studying in Glasgow, one of the leading media cities in the UK.

Programme Structure

The MLitt has three components:

A Core Course

Taught from September-March, which introduces the breadth of film & television studies as a discipline whilst developing core research skills. It is taught by all staff working within the MLitt in Film & Television Studies, giving you access to our wide range of expertise and approaches.

Three optional courses, selected from:

  • a range of bespoke courses drawing on the research specialisms of the subject team. Recent options have included Critical theories of digital media; Documentary in film & television; History of critical writing on film & television; Multistrand narratives in the fiction film; Film & movement; Ethnicity and identity.
  • courses which are offered as part of the MSc in Media Management (Media economics, Media and cultural policy, Issues in audience management)
  • and you may choose one course from our undergraduate programme which cover a range of national and transnational cinemas (Scotland in film & television; New German cinema; Asian cinemas; Australian film & television; American independent cinema), periods (Interwar cinemas; Hollywood in the 1990s), genres (Children’s television; Contemporary television drama), approaches (Studies in authorship; Feminist film theory) and themes (Television, memory & the archive; Screen audiences; Screen violence; Sound in film & television; Studies in authorship).


A 15,000 word dissertation (May-September) on an aspect of film and/or television of your choosing, under the supervision of a dedicated member of staff.


The MLitt in Film & Television Studies at the University of Glasgow is a well-established programme taught in Scotland’s media capital. We have an excellent reputation for both teaching and research making this the ideal location for postgraduate study. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Film & Television Studies at Glasgow was ranked top of all courses in the UK in our discipline, with a student approval rating of 98%. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, Glasgow’s Theatre, Film & Television Studies Department was ranked as one of the top five in our field in the UK, with 85% of our research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent.

The MLitt in Film & Television Studies is aimed at students with some background in film, television, media or communication studies contemplating – or developing - a career in media research, criticism or administration, and is particularly relevant as preparation for further postgraduate research in film and television. This programme is designed to give you a wide-ranging knowledge of Film & Television Studies as a discipline, building core skills in relevant research methodologies and providing opportunities to develop specialist knowledge of selected areas of interest. It is also designed to help you develop research, writing and professional skills which will be transferrable to doctoral study or employment. As such, we employ a range of assessment strategies - including detailed textual analysis, group presentations, literature reviews and extended research essays. In the final part of the programme, you will formulate and carry out a substantial piece of research on a topic of your choice within Film & Television Studies, under the expert supervision of an assigned member of academic staff.

The programme is taught in the Gilmorehill Centre which offers its own cinema – where you will gather every week for the screenings which are a core part of the curriculum – as well as a Resources Room where you can access our Media Archive which has more than 6000 holdings, complementing the Library’s extensive collection of Film & Television books and periodicals. The building is the centre of a lively postgraduate culture in the related areas of Film & Television Studies, Theatre and the Centre for Cultural Policy Research. We have around 100 postgraduate students: this includes students on our taught courses (Film & Television Studies; Film Journalism; Media Management; Playwriting and Dramaturgy; and, new for 2012, ) as well as our research students, whose diverse interests range from film festivals, to national and transnational cinemas, film stars, and media audiences. We have a number of research students funded under theArts and Humanities Research Council’s Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme who are working alongside organisations including BBC Scotland, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Glasgow Film Theatre. Postgraduates organise many events through the year, including screenings, reading groups, social events and the annual postgraduate student symposium.

The Gilmorehill Centre is also home to the international journal Screenand the annual Screen conference is held here every summer, attracting leading names in Film & Television Studies from across the world. Students have the opportunity to participate in the conference as well as to engage with guest speakers from the academy and media industries throughout the year in our research seminar programme.

Our facilities include a 140 seat cinema, a studio theatre and a large flexible-stage theatre seating over 200 spectators.

Andrew Stewart Cinema

The Cinema is used for lectures and screenings. The following media can be projected:

  • 35mm film
  • 16mm film
  • Blu-ray
  • DVD
  • VHS
  • Mini DV
  • Computer data

Video Editing

We have 2 non-linear digital video edit suites installed in the building in recognition of the fact that TFTS have been developing a need for high-quality, digital editing facilities to be accessible on-demand by students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, working on Video Production Projects or on Multimedia Production and moving-image digitisation assignments of various kinds.

Suite number 1 consists of

  • Matrox RT.X100 with Adobe Production Studio Standard special bundle (includes Premiere Pro 2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe After Effects Standard 7)
  • 3.20 Ghz 800FSB Intel Pentium® 4 "640" LGA 775 CPU HT 2MB Cache with Intel® EM64T
  • 300GB Maxtor SATA hard drive
  • 120GB Seagate EIDE 7200RPM UDMA hard drive
  • 2 x 512MB DDR2 533 RAM
  • Gainward 256MB nvidia 6600 PCI Express graphic card
  • 2 x 17" TFT Samtron black and silver SM74v monitor
  • Pioneer 110 Beige DVD Writer Dual layer 4 x +/-, Single layer DVD +/- 16 speed

Suite number 2 is an older Matrox RT2000 system with dual monitors running Adobe Premiere 6.0

Resources Room

The Resources Room (RR) is an indispensable part of our teaching, learning and research environment. It provides a suitable environment, encouraging student users to take increased responsibility for their own learning while supporting them in the development of approaches to independent study and the acquisition of 'transferable' skills. It also provides a flexible infrastructure within which methods of teaching and assessment related to information technology can be introduced.

The RR consists of 19 fully networked PCs, 12 TV/VHS workstations with DVD and digital satellite viewing also available, and an extensive, fully computerised video library (VHS/DVD) of over 6000 items including feature films, television programmes, cinema shorts, recorded theatrical performances, extracts and documentaries relating to a wide range of cinema, broadcasting and theatre activity.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 (with no subtest less than 7.0) iBT TOEFL 100 (with no subtest lower than 24) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - A minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Liz Greene