Film Studies MA
Year of entry 2023
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- On campus
- 12 months full time
- Entry requirements
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons)
Full entry requirements
- English language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
- UK fees
- £11,250 (total)
- International fees
- £23,250 (total)
This course combines the theory and history of cinema with the study of the industry and craft of filmmaking, and gives you the opportunity to explore your interests in the history of film, global cinema, and contemporary film and its key role in modern society.
Through the core module (Film Arts and Industries), you’ll be acquainted with the theoretical, historical and cultural approaches to the medium of film and institution of cinema, and you’ll investigate the variety of skills and activities around film as an art, as well as cinema as an industry.
The independent project will allow you to specialise in your own interests in a way that will serve your intellectual and creative aspirations and career goals. Working with a specialist academic, you can choose to write a dissertation based on research into a film/cinema topic, or you can choose to combine a shorter dissertation with a creative or practice-based activity appropriate to your interests and skills.
The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies also offers scholarship and funding opportunities.
Leeds and Film
Both Leeds and neighbouring Bradford have longstanding traditions in the promotion of cinema and have more recently taken the lead in the promotion of local digital culture. Leeds hosts a major international film festival every autumn and boasts a historic art-house cinema, the Hyde Park Picture House. The National Media Museum (formerly the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television) is in nearby Bradford, which also houses the National New Media Collection.
Watch a playlist of videos showcasing the film expertise of our staff and researchers at Leeds
You’ll benefit from drawing on the expertise of staff from across our large and diverse Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, approaching the study of film and cinema from a wide range of perspectives.
You’ll be equipped with the tools of film theory and history and will develop a critical awareness of technical aspects of the making and distribution of films on this distinctive course. Your critical and creative thinking abilities and intellectual agility will be developed, as this course will cultivate skills and expertise in the design and implementation of independent projects.
A core module and an independent project draw on the unique range of expertise in the nine schools of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures.
You’ll further focus or diversify your interests, as this course is enriched by an evolving catalogue of optional modules taught by experts. All of your teaching will be informed by cutting-edge research, as Leeds has some of the world’s top scholars in film and cinema.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Film Studies MA in the course catalogue
Year 1 compulsory modules
|Film Arts and Industries||60|
Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Transnational East Asian Cinemas||30|
|So Where do you come from? Selves, Families, Stories||30|
|Postcolonialism, Animals and the Environment||30|
|Current Enquiries into Film Studies||30|
|Cinema in the Digital Era||30|
|Film Programming for Venues and Streaming: Curation in the Digital Age||30|
|Critical Debates in Culture and Place||30|
|The Creative Economy in Global Contexts||30|
|Arts and Activism||30|
|Digital and Intermedial Storytelling||30|
|Script Development for Film and Television||30|
|The Costumed Body: Performance, Performativity and Politics||30|
Learning and teaching
Watch a playlist of videos showcasing the film expertise of our staff and researchers at Leeds
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You’ll have the opportunity to complete a varied range of assessment forms, including standard academic essays, literature reviews and independent projects. You may be assessed on the production of video essays or real world resources if appropriate to your skills and interests.
Certain optional modules also give you the opportunity to complete reflective logs and creative writing exercises as well as oral presentations.
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons). We welcome applicants from a diverse range of subject disciplines, including: film and media, theatre and performance, literature and creative writing, art and design. The relevance of undergraduate degree subjects/studies must be articulated in the supporting statement.
Other relevant experience (such as professional/work/voluntary experience) may also be considered. Applicants are required to demonstrate an enthusiasm for film and to describe any experience in the study, production or exhibition of film, in their supporting statement.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).
We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
Applications will not be considered until required documents (see below) have been submitted.
We recommend that you provide evidence of English language proficiency at the point of application, however, it is not a requirement to do so. Applicants must meet the English language requirement, submit their application and submit all required supporting documents by the course deadline: 31 August (Home applicants) or 6 April 2023 (International applicants). Applicants applying for funding/ scholarships are advised to apply at least eight weeks ahead of any deadline.
Application Deadlines for International applicants: 6 April 2023
Due to exceptionally large numbers of applications and strong competition for places, the deadline for the receipt of international applications has been brought forward to Thursday 6 April 2023.
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
You must upload the following documents before we will assess your application:
- Official degree certificate(s) and transcript of marks or enrolment certificate & partial transcript of marks
- Evidence of English language proficiency
- Personal Statement:
Visit the course catalogue page and select modules to learn about them in detail before you compose your statement. The statement should be approximately 500 words and must include (A) your reasons for applying to this particular MA Film Studies programme, (B) identify which specific modules most interest you and why?, (C) say what subject(s) you studied at undergraduate level? What skills and experience do you have that have prepared you for this MA? Please provide details of any final year project you have previously undertaken, (D) What do you hope to gain from studying the MA Film Studies, and (E) What are your career ambitions and how will this course enable you to achieve them?
University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023
This course is taught by
School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Taught Postgraduate Admissions Team
UK: £11,250 (total)
International: £23,250 (total)
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
Upon graduation, your prospects for employment in the film and media and creative sectors will be enhanced, as well as your capacity for creative self-employment. This course will offer you a route to postgraduate research, including doctoral study, and you will also be well-placed to develop careers in education in a context of growing demand for specialist film and media educators in many parts of the world.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.