Kingston University London

Film Studies MA

This course will develop your understanding of the central role cinema has played, and continues to play, in shaping our world. You will be able to research a variety of areas, including Film and Philosophy, Gender and Sexuality, British Cinema from the 1960s to the present day, and Film and Adaptation. You will also be introduced to the main areas of debate in the history of film theory and criticism.

Through a dissertation/major project, you will research a chosen topic in depth, developing your ideas in collaboration with a supervisor drawn from our teaching team.

If you are interested in further research, this course provides an excellent foundation for MPhil/Ph.D. study.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • You will study a wide variety of classical, contemporary, and emergent cinemas, including examples from British, American, European, and global traditions.
  • Film Studies is located within the Kingston School of Art, one of the country's leading centers for teaching and research into art, design, and the creative industries.
  • Kingston's location is ideal for accessing the many film-based resources in London, such as the British Film Institute (the largest film archive in the world).

Entry Requirements

  • A 2:2 or above honours degree in a humanities subject (Film, Media Studies, Languages, History, English, etc) or in the History of Art, Fine Art or other studio-based subjects which include an art historical or contextual studies component, or another area appropriate to the degree.

  • IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5

Career Prospects

Graduates from the MA in Film Studies have gone on to a variety of roles within industry and education. This includes work in film marketing and distribution, film programming, journalism, and editing, and a variety of roles in archiving and curating. Several students developed ideas first encountered on the Film Studies MA into successful PhD projects, and have gone on to pursue careers in education and research.

Many of our Film Studies postgraduates have progressed to exciting roles as:

  • Film Programmer/Exhibitor
  • Film Journalist
  • Lecturer/Academic
  • Archivist/Curator

Course Details

You will be introduced to a range of ways of understanding cinema and encouraged to undertake original research into a wide variety of cinematic case studies. The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand film from an historical perspective and to recognise its continued relevance in shaping contemporary debates.


Film History Theory and Analysis
Film and Philosophy
Major Project

Optional Modules

Cinematic Animals: Monsters, Beasts, and Humans on Film
British Cinema 1960s to Today
Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Cinema
Film and Adaptation

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