Postgraduate study

Film, Exhibition and Curation MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Film, Exhibition and Curation

This innovative programme explores film curatorship and exhibition using a combination of rigorous academic study, integrated applied project work and critical thinking. Whether your background is in film, or you are intrigued by its social and cultural significance, you will discover how film meets its audiences and ways in which exhibitions are conceptualised and created in a rapidly transforming environment.

The programme draws on the expertise of visiting professionals, including film festival directors, curators, programmers and filmmakers. Through the combination of individual and group work you will learn how to integrate theoretical knowledge and critical thinking with professional skills, such as creative collaboration, programming, establishing industry links, sourcing films, promotion and communicating with diverse audiences.

Project work will enable you to reach out beyond the University to create events, and you will be supported in building collaborations and cross-disciplinary connections that engage with Scotland’s thriving film and festival cultures.

Please visit the Film, Exhibition and Curation blog for updates on activities and alumni.

The impact of COVID-19 on this programme

The challenges of COVID-19 have caused the University – along with every other Higher Education institution across the world – to adapt quickly to best support our students. For the 2020/21 academic year we are planning a hybrid approach – a blend of on campus teaching and digital elements.

In practical terms this means that if you can’t make it to Edinburgh for part of the academic year, we will use technology to keep you close to us (socially and intellectually) despite the physical distance until you are able to join us. If you can be in Edinburgh, then we will be welcoming you on campus for classes and using that same technology for certain aspects of your teaching. There will be some face-to-face teaching, supported by expanded digital resources, as well as academic and pastoral support.

Making these changes and ensuring that we continue to teach the core elements of the degree will let us maintain the highest standards. The core aims and objectives of the degree programme will remain the same and the graduate qualities and attributes will enable you to achieve the same excellent outcomes.

*(Revised 29 May 2020 with COVID-19 update.)

Teaching and assignment work are integrated with applied activities including group exhibition projects and research into film festivals and expanded film exhibition.

You will be taught in small seminars with individual supervision for your final project (which can take the form of a dissertation, an industry report or a group portfolio charting the conception and delivery of an event or an exhibition or curatorial project).

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MSc1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2020/21
MSc2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2020/21

On completion of the programme you will be equipped with the insights and skills essential for a career in film programming, festival organisation and related professional activities.

You will have gained the knowledge of film curation and exhibition required for further academic research or professional practice. You will also have a transferable skill set in communication, research, collaborative working and project management that can be applied to any career you decide to pursue.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.

Multidisciplinary and comparative approaches are key aspects of film studies and we therefore welcome students coming from areas of study other than film.

We may also consider your application if you have relevant work experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

For 2020 entry we accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 23 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 23 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

*(Revised 21 February 2020 to remove PTE Academic from 2021 entry requirements. Revised 21 April 2020 to include TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition in 2020 and 2021 entry requirements.)

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MSc1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MSc2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

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  • School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures
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Programme start date Application deadline
14 September 2020 3 July 2020

Due to high demand, the school operates a number of selection deadlines. We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but hold the majority of applications until the next published selection deadline when we will offer a proportion of the places available to applicants selected through a competitive process.

Deadlines for applicants applying to study in 2020/21 are shown below.

Round Application deadline Places awarded by
1 20 December 2019 5 March 2020
2 13 February 2020 16 April 2020
3 26 March 2020 21 May 2020
4 14 May 2020 25 June 2020
5 3 July 2020* 30 July 2020

(Revised 19 December to add application deadline dates and information.)

*(Revised 25 June 2020 to change final application deadline from 25 June 2020 to 3 July 2020.)

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Graduate School
  • School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures
  • Room 1.13, 50 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LH