Film and Theatre

Film and Theatre | Postgraduate study

Providing excellent teaching and supervision, we offer taught and research-led postgraduate programmes ranging from one-year masters degrees to PhDs.

What's it like to study here?

One of the world’s favourite festival cities, Edinburgh is famous for its theatre, performance and film cultures. Host of the annual Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it is also a year-round hub of activity, bursting with art house cinemas, galleries, theatres and venues at a range of scales.

Outdoor cinema in the Old College Quad
Outdoor cinema in the Old College Quad

Study with us and you’ll be part of a friendly international community with interests and expertise in all aspects of film and theatre, including curation, exhibition, performance, filmmaking, playwriting and dramaturgy, and the dialogues between different art forms. We have excellent links and partnerships with many of Scotland’s leading cultural bodies, from Traverse Theatre and Playwrights' Studio Scotland, to the Centre for the Moving Image, hub of the world’s longest continuously-running film festival.

We host regular seminars, workshops and masterclasses by guests from around the world, and there are lots of opportunities to make or share your own work, from the Edinburgh Film Podcast and Edinburgh Film Network, to Bedlam Theatre, the only student-run theatre in Britain. Ranging from a rare volume of Ben Jonson's annotated plays to an unrivalled collection of over 8,000 films, our resources are outstanding, and our facilities include an in-house Resource Centre and Screening Room.

The Film Studies team in LLC helped me to develop a kind of second sight; I learned to see things in films that had been previously invisible to me, especially the ideological messages embedded in mainstream films. I realized that the dominant narratives in these films had affected my perception of myself and the world, especially when it came to gender roles, race, and... love. At the same time, there are alternative films... that challenge these narratives and force us to confront them. During my time in Edinburgh, I gained an expanded vocabulary and new confidence to articulate my thoughts about film. These skills are invaluable in my current job.

Katherine Irving, Manager and Assistant Programmer of Film and Video in the Museum of Fine Arts, BostonKatherine graduated from our MSc in Film Studies in 2014 and is now based in the USA

What can I study?

Applications open in October of the year before entry and close in July of the year of entry.

Applications to start a programme in September 2021 will open on 1st October 2020 and close at the end of July 2021.


Coming back to the theatre community [in British Columbia] with my Masters has provided tons of opportunities. Knowing that I studied in Scotland (with the opportunity to work with Playwrights’ Studio and the Traverse during the festival), people were very excited to work on new projects with me. I’m [also] finding more and more adrenaline applying what I know about Playwriting to other projects and collaborations, like acting, podcasts, maybe even a graphic novel.

Brandon Shalansky, resident playwright for Fred Skeleton Theatre Company, actor, director and teacherBrandon graduated from our MSc in Playwriting in 2017 and now works between the UK and Canada

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We're happy to help you decide.

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When I applied for Film, Exhibition and Curation, I could not imagine how much I would learn, achieve and develop. On a personal and professional side, I noticed I had a much clearer idea of what I wanted to do, and I gained confidence in my choices, in my work and in myself. Being able to build and maintain a network in today’s job market, and finding a job, requires a great deal of confidence in one’s knowledge and skills, which this masters gave us the tools to build.

Noémi Lemoine-Blanchard, Freelance Film Project Manager and Programmer for the Confucius Institute for Scotland and PhD candidate at King's College LondonNoémi graduated from our MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation in 2017 and now splits her time between Edinburgh and London

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