Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Film, Television and Screen Media

This programme offers you a broad-based understanding of how film, television and other screen media have developed and interacted across their varying histories. It also gives you the opportunity to specialise in chosen areas of those media histories, in order to personalise your studies towards specific intellectual interests and future career hopes. The programme is unique in the way that it combines rigorous academic study with creative and practical opportunities, the latter offered both within certain option modules and via the 2-month work placement. This intermixing of the academic and the practical also enables you to take your interests further, either into further postgraduate study, towards a career in teaching or into possible work opportunities in many areas of the media industries.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree in a relevant subject. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

Core module: Media technologies and culture. Option modules (these change every year, but may include): Avant-Garde film, video and beyond; British cinema and television 1960-85; contemporary American cinema; European cinema at the crossroads; exhibiting the moving image: Research into practice; exhibiting the moving image: Theory and context; exploring the language of image and sound; film festivals; global television.

Sponsorship information

Applicants with a strong academic background may apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awards (UK and EU-based applicants only); the School of Arts also offers a small number of bursaries.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,375 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 5,375 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 2,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 5,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 2,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Department of History of Art and Screen Media
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6112