Research course

Film: Practice by Research

Institution
University of Kent · School of Arts
Qualifications
MA by researchPhD

Entry requirements

MA

An upper second-class honours degree or better, usually in a relevant humanities subject. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path or who may have relevant experience in the industry. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies.

PhD

An MA in a relevant subject.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

Postgraduate students are supervised via a research team through regular meetings. Research supervision draws on wide staff interests in North American, European, and Latin American cinemas, offering opportunities to study projects based in aesthetic, conceptual and historical perspectives on film and digital media, as well as practice by research. For further details, see staff research interests.

Research students participate in a series of regular events. These include work-in-progress seminars and professional development workshops, both of which are organised at School level. You are also able to enrol on the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme.

Our research students also actively participate in a research seminar, which brings leading scholars and practitioners to Kent. We also hold an annual postgraduate presentation day.

Our PhD candidates are pursuing ground-breaking work within the School and our Research Centres and many of our former students have been appointed to academic posts in some of the most prestigious national and international Universities, including UCL, Birkbeck, Queen's University, and the Universities of Queensland, Lethbridge, Bournmouth, Coimbra, Lancaster, British Columbia, Leicester, and South Wales.

Department specialisms

Research in both theory and practice is currently centred in five broad areas: national cinemas – form and history: North American, European, Latin American the moving image in a digital context documentary film film aesthetics avant-garde and experimental cinema.

Information for international students

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please see our funding pages for the most current information

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Further details of qualification

Start date MA: September; PhD: September, January, May

Course contact details

Name
School of Arts
Email
arts-pgadmin@kent.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1227 827 272