Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University

Film Studies

This course is designed to give students a holistic overview of the development of film, taking in the development and intersections of both Hollywood and European cinemas, and popular and alternative cinemas. Students also have the opportunity to study specific movements within cinema, such as the changing manifestations of German Expressionism, American film noir or neo-noir, and they do so by studying both aesthetic influences and technological developments which affect these movements (such as the impact of different film formats). The course pushes students to interrogate a wide range of factors which direct the production and presentation of film, including the representation of class, ethnicity, gender and the construction of social reality. Students also engage with a number of other representational issues: space, place, historical accuracy and the importance of costume, design and geography. Throughout the course students develop their own methods for analysis whilst studying established methodological approaches including semiotic theory and theories of discourse. In short, by completing this course, students gain a systematic knowledge of theories and perspectives in the study of film and graduate confident in their improved abilities in the research and critical analysis of film, its cultural contexts and historical significance.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2nd class with at least 56% or above) in a related subject or equivalent relevant experience. IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 (internet-based) for international students where relevant.

Assessment methods

The taught part of the course is delivered and assessed through lectures, seminars, oral presentations and essays. Successful completion of your dissertation leads to the award of the Master's.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 11,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MA Part-time £ 5,875 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Penglais Campus Aberystwyth SY23 3AR Wales

Key information

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Telephone number: 
01970 622828