PhD in Film Studies (Doctor of Philosophy)
The Film Studies Department is staffed by a group of internationally acclaimed scholars and enjoys a lively graduate community. We supervise PhD dissertations on a wide range of topics. The PhD is the presentation of a thesis of 80-100,000 words. This thesis should be of publishable standard. Students may be full or part-time, but the minimum period before presentation of the thesis is three years. There are no classes or taught courses. Work is done under the supervision of one member of the core Film Studies staff.
Please see our Research Student Profile pages for descriptions of some of the research currently being undertaken by PhD students in the department.
Academic Entry Requirements
Minimum 2:1 first degree at BA and merit at MA level or overseas equivalent, with minimum 10,000 word MA dissertation involving substantial historical and/ or theoretical research. A degree in film studies, or a subject in which film or media plays a significant part, is an advantage, although candidates from other disciplines and those returning to study will be considered on their own merits. Applicants with an MFA may be considered, although a substantial writing sample will still be required.
If you are interested in undertaking a PhD in Film Studies at King’s College London, please email the Convenor of Graduate Research:
Dr Michele Pierson (autumn term) or Dr Jinhee Choi (Spring term onward) with your proposal, a CV (that includes academic qualifications), and a 4,000 word writing sample.
The form that we require for the proposal is 1,500-2,000 words (not including bibliography) and includes the following sub-headings:
Title (which clearly and succinctly indicates the scope of the research)
Research Aims and Questions (these should be treated discursively and not merely be listed)
Literature Review (this includes literature already written on the topic as well as relevant theoretical material)
Methodology (clear statement of approach)
Provisional Chapter Outlines (paragraph descriptions of 4 or 5 chapters)
Your PhD proposal will enable the Department to determine whether we are able to offer you supervision in your chosen area of research. Please do not submit more than one proposal at a time.
There are now 3 points of entry available: September, January and April.
The Film Studies Department at King's and the Comparative Literature Department of Hong Kong University have developed a joint MPhil/PhD programme. More details including how to apply are available on the online prospectus.