University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Film Studies

Our PhD provides you with the support and resources necessary to complete an 80,000-word thesis that represents an original and substantial piece of research. Our MPhil provides you with the support and resources necessary to complete a 40,000-word thesis that represents an original contribution to knowledge or understanding, or a valuable presentation or interpretation of material put together in an original manner. Our internationally respected team of researchers offers expert supervision across a wide range of topics, including: Hollywood, British, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern and European cinemas; gender, sexuality and representation; film, history and popular culture; genre, authorship and stardom; film and new media; documentary; film audiences and industries; curation and visual cultures. Research proposals in these areas are particularly welcome. Throughout your studies, as part of your intellectual training, you are expected to take part in the research culture of the School of Media, Film and Music and relevant research centres. This might include participation in reading and discussion groups, skills development training, research-in-progress seminars, etc. You are expected to present your research both within the School and beyond. The School offers support for conference attendance and studentled symposia. There is a mentoring scheme for PhD students within the School, and you will be joining a lively, well-established interdisciplinary research community.

Entry requirements

Normally a Masters degree in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research.

Course modules

The 1st term is devoted to developing the research plan - typically refining research questions, designing a methodology and engaging in a literature review. By the end of the 1st year (or 2nd year if you study part time), you will have written and presented your 1st research paper and will be ready to pursue fieldwork or other primary research for analysis and completion in the final year. Recent and current PhD thesis titles include: In the mood for travel: Mobility, gender and nostalgia in Wong Kar-Wai's cinematic Hong Kong; John Hughes and new Hollywood cinema; no crinoline-covered lady: Stardom, agency, and the career of Barbara Stanwyck; screen dance: corporeal ties between dance, film and audience; technofetishism of posthuman bodies: Representations of cyborgs, ghosts and monsters in contemporary Japanese science fiction film and animation; the queer punk films of Bruce LaBruce; the transitory, institutional and activated spaces of direct cinema; towards a sensual understanding of national identity: Food, film and the porous screen.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (International) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,052 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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