Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Film and Screen Media (European pathway)

This international programme is an intensive and comprehensive exploration of the history of audio-visual and moving picture media, from the early 1800s to the present day. It encourages you to explore a wide variety of media in historical, sociological, aesthetic and anthropological terms, by drawing on distinct intellectual traditions of our European partners presented by the European experts in the field. This innovative and flexible programme uniquely combines our strengths and experience in postgraduate teaching with the European excellence offered through our exchange programme with leading universities in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands. While abroad, your choice of modules will depend on the partner institution you attend. Each university has a specific strength and specialism, which should guide your choice of university as the year abroad aims to help you develop and deepen your particular film and media interests.

Course modules

Core module: Media Technologies and Culture . Indicative option modules: Avant-Garde Film, Video and Beyond; British Cinema and Television 1960-85; Contemporary American Cinema; European Cinema at the Crossroads; Film Festivals . You will also have an option to follow modules offered on the MA History of Art, MA History of Art with Photography, MA Museum Cultures and MA Screenwriting as well as film and visual media modules offered at other colleges of the University of London (including King's College, Goldsmiths, UCL, SOAS, Institute of Education and Royal Holloway) through the University of London Screen Studies Group.

Assessment methods

During your year at Birkbeck, you will be assessed by 3 coursework essays of approximately 5000 words each, a research report and a dissertation of 15,000 words, due in September of the final year. During your year abroad, the assessment will depend on the institution you attend. In most cases, the assessment will be a mixture of essays and examinations.

Sponsorship information

The School of Arts provides a range of funding options.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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