Research course

Film, Theatre and Television

University of Reading · Department of Film, Theatre and Television
MA by research

Entry requirements

IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall with no element less than 6.0

Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent from a university outside the UK. Your degree should be in a subject related to film, theatre or television. For exceptional candidates without such a degree, you’ll need convincing evidence of relevant professional experience and examples of substantial written work.

Your application must include a 500-word summary of the research topic you would like to investigate in your dissertation or practical project.

Pre-sessional English language programme

If you need to improve your English language score, you can take a pre-sessional English course prior to entry onto your degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Pursue flexible postgraduate research with our MA by Research Film, Theatre & Television.

This research-intensive master’s programme is designed for students who want to explore a specialised area of film, theatre or television.

The programme offers:

  • Flexible structure. Tailor the programme to your personal interests and schedule.
  • One-to-one supervision. Work with one of our Department’s world-class specialists.
  • Independent and taught study. In addition to completing a dissertation or practical project, you will study two taught modules in the subject area of your choice.

The programme creates a direct route into PhD study, but it’s also suitable for those who want to specialise as theorists, critics, artists, archivists, or producers.

Your learning environment

Work alongside expert academics in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television, where 100% of our research was judged to be of international standing [1]. You will have access to the Department’s:

  • research projects and activities
  • special collections
  • technical facilities and purpose-built spaces in the state-of-the-art Minghella Studios.

Alongside your guided independent research and two taught modules, you will have the chance to further hone your skills through research training offered by our Doctoral and Researcher College.

You will also have a dedicated supervisor to oversee your dissertation or practical project in film, theatre or television.

Your taught modules will include a mix of seminars, tutorials, workshops with industry representatives, external visits and technical training.

Flexible study options for MA by Research Film, Theatre & Television students

You can study this programme full-time over one year, or part-time over two years.

You will also choose between two pathways:

  • MA by Research in Film and Television
  • MA by Research in Theatre

[1] Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies.

Fees and funding

New UK/Republic of Ireland students: £10,800

New international students: £22,350

Tuition fee information

The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team