PhD Film

About the programme

We welcome applications from postgraduate students interested in pursuing innovative research into Film and Television from a broad range of perspectives. Our members of staff can offer supervision on a wide range of potential research projects. Our team offers particular expertise in topics that explore film and television form a religious and/or philosophical angle, or approaches from Cultural Studies; Gender Studies and Psychoanalysis. More details on our expertise can be found on our research group site []

A PhD in Film can be taken full-time (up to 4 years) or part-time (up to 7 years).  

It is based on the research and completion of a research project in any field within these subject areas for which expert supervision can be provided. The resulting thesis, which should typically be around 80,000 words in length, is defended in a viva voce (oral examination) led by an external examiner.

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Why choose this programme?

  • You will be able to develop a substantial, original research project with the help and support of academics who are active researchers themselves. 
  • You will acquire extensive subject expertise and independent research skills, honed over an extended period. 
  • You will join a thriving School of Humanities and become part of a burgeoning research culture. As a postgraduate student, you are invited to attend and participate in regular research seminars and conferences.
  • All our students are encouraged to present work at national and international conferences and to submit their research for publication. 

Entry requirements...

Normally, we require applicants for PhD study to be in possession of a good honours degree (2:1 or above), and a Master's degree, in a relevant discipline. IELTS entry requirement is normally 6.5 or equivalent for overseas students.

How to apply

Before making your formal application, please acquaint yourself with the research expertise of our staff to establish whether there may be an appropriate supervisor for the research project you would like to undertake. We recommend that you contact us to discuss your proposed research with the appropriate member of staff, and/or the School’s Research Tutor, Dr. Saskia Kersten

Please include an outline research proposal with your application. Members of academic staff will advise on the length and scope of the proposal.

Download an application form.

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