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Graduate Admissions

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Course closed:

Film and Screen Studies by thesis is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil in Film and Screen Studies by Thesis at Cambridge provides an opportunity to study the theory and history of film and other screen media in a vibrant interdisciplinary context. The moving image is explored in relation to the development of modern and contemporary culture, and to the history and theory of other media (literature, music, the visual arts, architecture, the digital). Students are immersed in a research environment that emphasises work on geopolitics, early cinema, art cinema and the avant-garde, theory, aesthetics, and gender and sexuality.

The MPhil in Film and Screen Studies by Thesis is for students who already have a substantial level of familiarity with the study of film and literary texts in the relevant culture, and who already know the area they wish to research for their thesis. To be eligible for consideration, applicants will need (a) an appropriate level of linguistic and/or cultural expertise and (b) a clear idea of the area in which the thesis will be written.

The main aims of the course are:

  • to develop and test the ability to carry out a substantial advanced project of independent research in an area of  film and screen studies, presented in the form of a 30,000-word thesis
  • to develop and test the ability to make a significant contribution to learning that reflects one academic year of dedicated Masters-level research.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme students will have:

  • developed a deeper knowledge of the history and theory of film and screen studies in a cultural context;
  • developed a conceptual understanding of the debates which have shaped that field of study, and of current research methods;
  • acquired or consolidated skills appropriate for research in their chosen area;
  • demonstrated independent judgement, based on their own research;
  • learnt how to timetable independent research to produce written work of a high standard to a clearly defined deadline.

Continuing

For those applying to continue from the MPhil to PhD, each application will be assessed individually on its merits, taking into account supervisors' and examiners' reports.


Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
June 2, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2019