Research course

Film Studies

University of Gloucestershire · School of Education and Humanities
PhDMA by research

Visit the institution website for COVID‑19 updates

Entry requirements

  • MA by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: a masters degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to your proposed research topic
  • We actively encourage applications from students from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

Ranked 6th globally in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, 2019.

Benefiting from our close links to industry and national/ international research networks, you will be able to extend your critical and theoretical expertise of a specialist area of film and screen culture, and make an original contribution to knowledge through an individual piece of advanced research.

The School of Education and Humanities offers a stimulating and supportive intellectual environment, consisting of a diverse culture of interdisciplinary postgraduate research. You will benefit from working with a team of both research-active and industry-connected supervisors.

Students are encouraged to present their research findings at national and international conferences and symposia annually. Cheltenham’s vibrant cultural community, with its numerous festivals and events, provides a rich and lively learning environment for our students.

Participation in peer group seminars, screenings and workshops, in addition to university-wide visiting lecture programmes and events, is an integral part of the research student experience in film studies.

Research Areas:

Our experienced team of internationally established, research-active staff are able to offer supervision across a wide range of subjects and themes, including:

  • art-house and independent film cultures, practices and industries
  • film audiences, identities and spectatorship
  • cult cinemas, genres and fan cultures
  • national and transnational cinemas and traditions
  • representations of gender and sexuality in film and screen culture
  • screenwriting, adaptation and theories of screen practice
  • stardom and screen performance

Research in these areas is also promoted by the Centre for the Study of Film and Screen Cultures and the Being Human Research Centre.

All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MA by research
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

03330 141414