University of Essex

University of Essex

Film and Literature

This course focuses on the theoretical and practical interactions between literature and film, providing students with a wide range of textual and analytic skills; it allows students to choose a specific area of literary studies to complement their study of film history and theory, and to enhance their understanding of the different ways that literary and filmic texts create their meanings; the comparative nature of the course is informed by the research expertise of staff, which encompasses a wide range of world cinemas; postcolonial studies; cultural theory; translation; adaptation theory; and modernist and postmodernist aesthetics; students can explore the relationship between literature and film from a number of different perspectives, including how the practices of 1 medium anticipates and influences the other.

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: Issues in film theory and history; resear4ch methods in literary and cultural analysis; dissertation. Optional modules include: 'There is a continent outside my window' (United States and Caribbean literatures in dialogue; adaptation; advanced film and industry (production and industry); African American literature; documentary and the avant-garde (film, video, digital); early modern to 18th-century literature; film and video production workshop; Georgian and Romantic literature and drama; issues in film theory and history; literature and performance in the modern city; literature and the environmental imagination (19th- to 21st-century poetry and prose; memory maps (practices in psychogeography); Oulipian practice; poetic practice; research methods in literary and cultural analysis; sea of lentils (modernity, literature, and film in the Caribbean); the new nature writing; the novel; the wild East; US nationalism and regionalism; writing magic; writing the novel.

Assessment methods

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

Sponsorship information

AHRB, 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