Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Film and Screen Media

The Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies offers an exceptionally stimulating environment, where interdisciplinary research flourishes across film, television and media topics, including journalism, media history, the creative industries, memory studies and practice-led research. Our research aims for critical engagement with technologies, old and new, and poses theoretical, aesthetic and political questions associated with the rise of digital media. The department is characterised by a strong research ethos, which has been enhanced by the foundation of the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, directed by Professor Laura Mulvey. Along with Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC) BIMI brings together the research interests of staff across the College and offers a stimulating range of events for staff and students as well as support for PhD students. The department also hosts the London Screen Study Collection, a unique archival resource of films about London. The research environment of the department benefits externally from the activities of the Vasari Research Centre, and from its participation in the London University Screen Studies Group, which is an umbrella organisation covering all aspects of screen study across the colleges of the University of London.

Entry requirements

PhD

A good degree including film, television, media studies, social sciences or related disciplines in humanities, history and visual studies as a major subject. Depending on your background and research experience, a BA might be sufficient. Generally we recommend that you apply with a good MA degree.

You will also need to submit a specific indication of research interests with your application, and a 2000-word proposal.If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

MPhil

A good degree including film, television, media studies, social sciences or related disciplines in humanities, history and visual studies as a major subject. Depending on your background and research experience, a BA might be sufficient. Generally we recommend that you apply with a good MA degree.

You will also need to submit a specific indication of research interests with your application, and a 2000-word proposal. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

The research environment of the department benefits externally from the activities of the Vasari Research Centre, and from its participation in the London University Screen Studies Group, which is an umbrella organisation covering all aspects of screen study across the Colleges of the University of London.

Assessment methods

The MPhil thesis is not more than 60,000 words; the PhD thesis is not more than 100,000 words. Both the MPhil and the PhD are assessed by a viva voce examination. The thesis requirements for a practice-based project vary according to the nature of the research and can be discussed with the admissions tutors.

Sponsorship information

Our School attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us. We offer a range of funding opportunities for 2017-2018 entry.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,475 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 - 5 years
PhD Full-time January 2018 - 3 years
PhD Part-time January 2018 - 5 years
PhD Full-time April 2018 - 3 years
PhD Part-time April 2018 - 5 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,475 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,840 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,020 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
MPhil Full-time October 2017 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time October 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Full-time January 2018 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time January 2018 - 3 years
MPhil Full-time April 2018 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time April 2018 - 3 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

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Department of Media and Cultural Studies
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020 3073 8374