Research course

Film and Television Studies

University of Nottingham · Institute of Film and Television Studies

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities, or social science subject. For PhD-level study, we would usually expect you to hold, or be working towards, a masters degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Department of Culture, Film and Media undertakes innovative research at the forefront of developments in the study of film, television and screen media, and is one of the largest the units in the United Kingdom offering postgraduate degrees in film and television studies.
Research students at Nottingham enjoy teaching and supervision from leaders in the field, with specialist expertise in US film and television, Hollywood studies, East Asian and global cinema, new media, industrial and audience analysis, and film and television history.
The department spearheads The University of Nottinghams lead higher education partnership with the British Film Institute and has strong links with local media institutions such as the Broadway Cinema (the regional film theatre) and EM Media (the regional screen development agency) as well as Hollywood studios including Fox Searchlight and Lionsgate where unique internship opportunities are available to students on the MA in Global Hollywood. Building on its close industry connections, the Department is home to the Institute for Screen Industries Research

The department also runs Scope: an Online Journal of Film and Television Studies, a fully refereed journal with an international advisory board produced by research students under staff direction.

The department welcomes applicants interested in a range of topics across the research programme and all members of academic staff are active researchers willing to supervise students in their areas of expertise. Many of our research students publish high-quality books and articles and have secured teaching positions in universities both in the UK and abroad. Current and recent students in the Department have worked on a variety of topics including video games and cult film, US and UK television audiences, romantic comedy, media memory of World War II, and the representation of matrimony in Indian film and television.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus

Department specialisms

Hollywood; Industries and Audiences; Early Cinema; Film Noir; Science Fiction and Genre; Film and Cultural Studies; Film Memory; Film Sound; Cultural Policy; Non-Fiction Film; Canadian and Quebecois Cinema; Film History; Reception Studies; Asian Cinemas; Television

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Cultures, Languages & Area Studies web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate and Research Office
+44 (0)115 84 68316