University of Essex

University of Essex

Film Studies

This course offers an opportunity, not only to explore film and video from analytic and aesthetic perspectives, but to apply this theoretical knowledge to a collective or personal video project. The focus is mainly on alternative, low-budget cinemas but our core seminar also takes in fundamentals of film history and theory, including Hollywood. Modules are taught by our film specialists and by professional film/video makers. Graduates end with a strong sense of independent, documentary and experimental film-making practices.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in a relevant area. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 7.0, or equivalent, with 6.5 in writing.

Course modules

Core modules: Film and video production workshop; issues in film theory and history; dissertation; research methods in literary and cultural analysis. Optional modules include: Documentary and the avant-garde (film and video); adaptation; advanced film and industry (production and industry).

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, you will work on a dissertation or individual project included in your final grade.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,665 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,350 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time £ 2,750 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MA Part-time £ 6,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Telephone number: 
01206 872719