Taught course

Film Studies: Theory and Practice

University of Stirling · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

Consideration will be given to candidates with an Honours degree, or its equivalent, from a university or college recognised by the University of Stirling.

Months of entry


Course content

FILM STUDIES and World Cinema
FILM STUDIES and Creative Practice

1st in Scotland for research in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (most recent Research Assessment Exercise)

1st in Scotland for Communications and Media (The Complete University Guide, 2011, and The Guardian University Guide, 2011)

Stirling has an international reputation for its dynamic and innovative work in film and cinema studies. This course is unique in the UK in offering modules that combine the theory and practice of film studies, as well as a range of additional modules across cinema, media, communications and cultural studies

Course Objectives

Students will learn various strategies for analysing films, and will learn to apply those strategies not only in academia, but in the context of film-based arts institutions as well. Students will consider the influence and wider implications of film history, ideology, form, aesthetics and policy, while examining a broad area of concerns within film studies that may include: genre, authorship, national and transnational cinemas, stardom, Hollywood, early cinema, digital cinema, film representation, audiences, music and sound on film, youth cinema, experimental and cult cinemas.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6 in each skill), or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
27 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months


full time
3 months
part time
6 months

Course contact details

Professor Elizabeth Ezra
+44 (0)1786 467538