Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Film, Television 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.

Entry requirements

Good honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. humanities, modern languages or social sciences). Knowledge of at least 1 other European language at a level to allow you to follow postgraduate-level courses at our European partner institutions. 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 (which may include): Avant-Garde film, video and beyond; British cinema and television 1960-85; contemporary American cinema; European cinema at the crossroads; film festivals; world cinema: production, practices and industries.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on 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 institutions you attend; in most cases, the assessment will be a mixture of essays and exams.

Sponsorship information

The School of Arts provides a range of funding options.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,662 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Full-time £ 10,920 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Full-time £ 4,662 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 6104