Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
The Film Studies subject area offers 2 variations of the MSc by Research degree and a PhD in Film Studies.
Applicants are asked to send a writing sample (in English) of between 3000 - 4000 words. This can be a previous essay or dissertation excerpt submitted as part of your degree studies.
The MScR Film Studies I programme allows you to undertake a research degree by writing two substantial essays of 7,000 words on related topics of your own choice, before building on this with a dissertation of 15,000 words.
The MScR Film Studies II programme allows you to undertake a research project of your own devising, leading to a 30,000 word dissertation.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements. Detailed advice for international students is available here:
Supervised research can be provided on a wide range of topics (for example film aesthetics, themes, genres, movements and theories, art and experimental cinema). For multidisciplinary and transnational topics, further expertise is available from the extensive pool of specialists researching at the University.
Cinema Interdisciplinary Network (CINET); PhD and MSc students contribute to the postgraduate journal, FORUM.
Staff: six, students: 12.
In addition to individual supervision, research students have access to research training and postgraduate seminars. Students can be offered teaching experience as undergraduate tutors.
We have an extensive collection of texts as well a DVD library.The National Library of Scotland provides a remarkable choice of texts on film. Cultural centres located in Edinburgh, such as the Institut Francais d'Ecosse and the Italian Institute, also house DVD collections.
Please see Scholarships and Student Funding Services for information about funding opportunities:
This article was published on Apr 25, 2013