Taught course

Film Studies

University of St Andrews · School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies

Entry requirements

A good first degree in a relevant discipline, a UK 2:1 or better or the equivalent international qualification is normally required. Applicants with other suitable qualifications will be considered as well.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Film Studies helps students master a range of advanced research skills and acquire knowledge related to the construction and analysis of the moving image, the past and present day realities of various national and regional film traditions, the dynamics of the global film industry, and the theoretical approaches related to film.

Course highlights

  • Film study emphasises international and transnational cinemas and is characterised by research-led teaching.
  • Film Studies receives regular visits from high-profile film scholars, critics and film industry personalities. Most recently, acclaimed film director Joe Russo held a workshop open to all students in December 2015.
  • Students have the opportunity to present their work at the annual postgraduate student colloquium in May, at which a visiting professor provides them with feedback on their work. The Film Studies postgraduate community mixes MLitt and PhD students in friendly and collaborative ways.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Film Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Department of Film Studies. The programme approaches the study of film through a varied intellectual approach, exploring cinema in a global context. You will discover filmmaking cultures outside the canon and examine classic film through new cultural, theoretical and historical perspectives.

The MLitt degree involves the completion of 120 credits of taught modules (from September to May), which are assessed through essays and a dissertation. The taught element of the programme consists of one compulsory module, which focuses on training in research methods and covers a range of crucial topics in Film Studies, plus two specialist modules; all modules which provide students with the opportunity to transfer and apply theoretical knowledge and research skills to a concrete level of intellectual investigation, focusing on the creation of meaning and aesthetic value in the context of global dynamics of cultural production and distribution.

Individual study and research is encouraged through small seminars of four to ten students and tutorials of one-to-one supervision. Classes and screening take place mostly at the Byre Theatre.

The final three months of the course are focused on writing the final assessment piece, a 15,000-word dissertation.

Information for international students

Candidates for whom English is not the first language are required to submit IELTS 7.0, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 467473