MA Global Film and Television (Online)

Why choose Herts?

  • Flexible: You will study online, part-time, and asynchronously.
  • Employment Prospects: Graduates work as film curators, journalists, and teachers for organisations including the BBC as well as pursuing further PhD study.
  • Industry Connections: Experience media industry talks from expert film critics and be introduced to a Digital Agency owner who produces content for the Star Wars Franchise.

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, or contact us on 01707 281121 or e-mail  

'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

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. 

What will I study?

  • 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
    Film Histories 15 Credits Compulsory
    Style and Meaning in Film and Television 30 Credits Compulsory
    Global Screen Violence 15 Credits Compulsory
    Screen Curation 30 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
  • Key staff

    Deirdre O'Neill
    Programme Leader
    Find out more about Deirdre O'Neill

    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MA Global Film and Television (Online) Download
    Programme specifications
    MA Global Film and Television (Online) Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


    I was initially drawn to the University of Hertfordshire’s MA in Global Film and TV as the syllabus displayed a course that covered the core concepts of academic film study in a dynamic manner. Having worked in film and TV production for over twenty-five years, I was surprised at just how much of a positive impact studying at a postgraduate level has had on my career. It has not only reignited my desire to study film and TV on an academic level but has also furnished me with many tools that have improved the way I approach my job.

    Matt McHale, MA Global Film and Television (Online) graduate

    Producer, BBC Casualty

    Student experience

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