Film and Theatre

About us

Expert teaching and supervision based in one of the world's leading festival cities.

Why study film at Edinburgh?

Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading universities, located in the heart of Scotland’s capital. Home to a renowned arts scene and the longest continuously running film festival, the Edinburgh Internatonal Film Festival, the city offers excellent art house cinemas, galleries, theatres, a vibrant film culture and many job opportunities.

The academic staff in Film Studies are published researchers with a focus on film theory, film-philosophy and national cinemas, while Film, Exhibition and Curation staff combine critical expertise with extensive experience in curating and making film.

We offer two separate Master's degrees:

MSc in Film Studies

MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation

What we can offer

Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh offers:

  • Expert teaching and supervision in film theory, film-philosophy, national cinemas or film exhibition.
  • An unrivalled DVD and Blu-ray collection of over 8000 films.
  • The Edinburgh Film Seminar hosts international academics, critics and filmmakers.
  • A world class research library and access to the National Library of Scotland.
  • The opportunity to engage with the everyday running of the international journal Film-Philosophy
  • Sought after Masters and PhD degrees from a top-ranking university.
  • A friendly, exciting and stimulating learning and research environment.
  • A wonderful location in one of the most beautiful and lively capitals of Europe.

Learning outcomes

As a student of Film at the University of Edinburgh you will:

  • Expand your understanding and knowledge of the theory, aesthetics and philosophy of film.
  • Explore the history of film and its criticism.
  • Learn about various national cinemas.
  • Study film in relationship with various forms of artistic practices, especially literary adaptation.
  • Learn the professional culture and practices of film exhibition and curation.
  • Build your CV with the view of a career in academia or in any film or media-related fields.

Networking opportunities

Our programmes create opportunities to acquire new skills and meet leading experts in industry and academia:

  • Learn about curating for the moving image (festivals, museums, galleries).
  • Gain experience and create links with professional environments.
  • Experience cutting edge research presented by visiting academic speakers.
  • Meet and learn from other postgraduate students from around the world.

How we will teach you

Film Studies provides a dynamic and friendly space of learning and exchange:

  • Small size seminars (from 5 to 20 students).
  • An international group of students.
  • Individual supervision adapted to your needs.
  • The possibility to research in more depth a topic of your choice.
  • A programme of extracurricular activities allowing you to meet experts and professionals in the field.

Our staff

Name Role Research interests
Dr David Sorfa Senior Lecturer Film-philosophy; Film theory; European, Asian, African and art house cinema; Czech cinema; Adaptation; Genre
Dr Daniel Yacavone Lecturer Film theory; film and philosophy; film and other arts; post-1960 European and American cinema
Jane Sillars Senior Teaching Fellow Film, Exhibition and Curation; landscape, space and place; British cinema; representations of Scottishness
Susan Kemp Senior Teaching Fellow Film, Exhibition and Curation

A variety of academics throughout the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures offer Masters courses relevant to the study of film, including the cinema of Japan, South Asia, Scandinavia and others.

Our degrees


We offer one year taught Masters degrees in either Film Studies or in Film, Exhibition and Curation. The MSc in Film Studies is designed for students particularly interested in theory, film-philosophy and art house cinema, while the MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation combines critical and project based approaches to screening film and developing audiences.

If you are interested in pursuing PhD study, we offer a three-year research PhD (approximately 80 000 words) within our academic areas of research expertise, with a particular interest in projects related to film-philosophy and film theory. We welcome proposals on a number of national and world cinemas. Please read through our staff research interests and contact the appropriate member of staff.

Film staff

For further information on each of our degrees, on fees, funding and to apply, please go to:

MSc in Film Studies

MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation

PhD in Film Studies

Related links

Edinburgh International Film Festival