About the course

The MA in Global Film and Television is an online course, offering a range of distinct critical and theoretical approaches. You will be asked to explore the dynamic relationship between visual style and social commentary in work of film and television from around the world. As the industries of film and television become increasingly interconnected, the course considers their shared stylistic and contextual relationships.  

This course is innovative in engaging with comparative close readings of US film beyond Hollywood, of World Cinema, and of contemporary television. The course leads the way in employing cutting-edge advancements in Film and Television Studies, such as the audio visual essay and digital curation. The course’s online delivery means that you will benefit from greater flexibility, innovative teaching and learning strategies via the latest developments in social media and digital technology.

To find out more information about how online study works, please visit go.herts.ac.uk/online, or contact us on 01707 281121 or e-mail AskUHOnline@herts.ac.uk.  

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Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MA Global Film and Television (Online)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MA Global Film and Television (Online)

Why choose this course?

With the University of Hertfordshire’s innovative online distance learning programme, you can study for a MA Global Film and Television at your own pace, without ever having to set foot on campus.

You will benefit from:

  • Flexible study- fit your degree around your work and life commitments.
  • Support from experienced and well qualified tutors.
  • No campus-based exams – assessment is by coursework and online tests.
  • Pay as you study and possible tuition fee loan eligibility (UK/EU students only).
  • Being part of a dynamic and supportive online community of like-minded students.
  • No travel or student accommodation costs.

The degree is for those who wish to advance their skills and knowledge in the area of Film and Television Studies at postgraduate level. The course will provide the opportunity to develop an understanding of film analysis beyond Hollywood, and to engage in close readings of films and television programmes from around the world. 

This is a flagship course of advanced postgraduate teaching in film and television studies, probably the only one of its kind in the world.

Professor Jason Jacobs

Head of the School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland

Course details


Graduates are equipped for a variety of careers including those traditionally open to Masters Graduates in the Arts and Humanities: teaching, the Civil Service, Local Government, journalism, marketing, film curation and exhibition, and publishing as well as for further study at postgraduate level.

Teaching methods

  • Style and Meaning in Film and Television (30 credits)
  • Screen Curation (30 credits)
  • Global Screen Violence (15 credits)
  • Thinking Images: Philosophy in Film and Television (30 credits)
  • Research Methods 1: Critical and Theoretical Debates (15 credits)
  • Research Methods 2: Advanced Research Skills (15 credits)
  • Dissertation/Extended Project (60 credits)

Course length

  • Part-time, 2 years


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Style and Meaning in Film and Television 30 Credits Compulsory
    Screen Curation 30 Credits Compulsory
    Global Screen Violence 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods 1: Critical and Theoretical Debates 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods 2: Advanced Research Skills 15 Credits Compulsory
    Dissertation/Extended Project 60 Credits Compulsory
    Thinking Images: Philosophy in Film and Television 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Part time
    • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Part time
    • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Part time
    • £755 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Part time
    • £755 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Entry requirements

    The normal entry requirements for the programme are:

    • A good Bachelor’s degree (minimum 2.2 or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.
    • Access to computer equipment with the following minimum specification.

    An interview is not a required component of the admissions process, but all applicants will be invited to an informal online discussion with the Programme Leader prior to admission (via Skype).

    International students should have an English Language assessment of IELTS 7, or equivalent as determined by the School of Humanities.

    Supporting documents required

    • Copies of the front and back of your undergraduate degree transcript and certificate
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • English Language qualification certificate (you should have a score of 7.0 overall if presenting an IELTS test)
    • A substantial personal statement about why you want to study this programme, what you hope to gain from the course and where you see your future development taking your career.
    • A copy of the photo page of your passport
    • 1 academic or professional reference

    Find out more about International entry requirements.

    View our simple steps to a successful application

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Online - Part Time, 2 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Distance (Part Time))


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Distance (Part Time))
    Study online
    We welcome applications from international and EU students