University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Film Studies

This programme is designed to make students familiar with the major concepts and theories of film and its criticism but also to explore the burgeoning field of film-philosophy. The programme provides students with the analytical and critical tools for the investigation of individual films and enable them to discuss these in relation to specific movements and genres as well as contexts of production and reception. Students are also introduced to recent developments in philosophical thinking about film.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 Honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline; applicants are asked to send a writing sample (in English) of between 2000-3000 words; this can be a previous essay or dissertation excerpt submitted as part of the applicant's degree studies; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

Course modules

Compulsory courses: film theory; film-philosophy. Option courses include: cinema auteurs; cinema and society in South Asia; cinemas of the Middle East; contemporary Japanese cinema; film adaptation; film and gender; film and religion; film music to 1950; film and the other arts; gender, revolution and modernity in Chinese cinema; mediating; music on screen.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 8,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
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0131 651 3988