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Film Studies (Film & Philosophy pathway available) MA



Study at the leading centre for Film Studies in London. Extensive range of options covering all aspects of film style, representation, spectatorship, and philosophical approaches. Perfect location close to BFI Southbank (including the BFI Library) Southbank Centre, and Tate Modern. Ideal for careers in the Media Arts and related Culture Industries, or preparation for further study. Film and Philosophy pathway available.

Key benefits

  • Internationally renowned staff.

  • Focus on cutting-edge ideas and developments in film culture.

  • Ranges across European, American and World cinema from highbrow to lowbrow.

  • Located in the heart of London.

  • Film & Philosophy pathway available.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders

Professor Sarah Cooper

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Film Studies


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

Academic requirements: Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in film studies or a subject in which film or media plays a significant part (candidates from other disciplines may be considered)

Additional application requirements: see the following tab, 'Applying Fees & Funding' for further guidance on required documents including:
1)Two academic references
2)4,000 word writing sample on a relevant topic
3)An academic transcript of your first degree
4) Evidence of English Language proficiency if first degree is not in English (see college English language requirements)

Application procedure

Applications are usually assessed by at least two academics; in addition to a completed application form we also ask for a piece of written work of at least 4,000 words. Applicants may be asked to interview, either in person or by phone if overseas. We aim to process all applications within four weeks although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

Within your personal statement, please tell us briefly why you want to undertake the MA in Film Studies, and what you are hoping to do afterwards. Please state modules you wish to take, if known.

Applicants to the Film and Philosophy pathway should indicate this in the first line of the personal statement. Provisional pathway selection will then be provided as part of any offer, to be confirmed upon enrolment.

Convenors may request additional materials as needed. You must also provide a piece of written work of at least 4,000 words on a relevant topic.

If you have been away from study and are unable to submit a previous piece of work, you will need to write a new essay. What we are looking for is evidence of your ability to research a topic and write about film in a theoretically informed way. You can write about any topic and any film or group of films you like. We are looking for an ability to perform close analysis of films, and their production, circulation and reception circumstances. We expect your essay to be informed by and refer to academic writing on your chosen topic.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


Course detail


Contemporary film studies is a diverse, interdisciplinary field, incorporating a variety of approaches to the analysis of film and film culture. The MA Film Studies at King's College builds on the research strengths of its distinguished faculty to offer modules that examine a wide range of cinemas and approaches to studying film.

The MA Film Studies can be taken as a one-year full-time programme or as a two-year part time programme. The programme runs from September to September. It consists of five taught modules and a dissertation, together with a training programme, guest seminar series and student organised conference. Full time students will take the compulsory core module, four other taught modules and a dissertation. Part time students will take the compulsory core module and two other taught modules in the first year, and two other taught modules and a dissertation in the second year.

Course purpose

The MA in Film Studies has been designed for students who want to deepen their knowledge of the world’s cinemas and the very latest approaches to studying them. Graduate students at King’s participate in a number of regular research activities, including a programme of lectures by nationally and internationally distinguished scholars, international conferences, twice weekly 35mm cinematheque screenings, a focused graduate training programme, and a student organised work-in-progress conference in May.

Many graduates of the MA Film Studies go on to pursue careers in media arts or a PhD in Film Studies. Past graduates have gone on to PhD programmes at Harvard University, the University of Iowa, the University of Essex, the University of Stirling, the University of Westminster, and other University of London Colleges (including King’s), among others.

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Course format and assessment

Taught core and optional modules assessed by coursework plus a compulsory dissertation.



Career prospects

Many of our students go on to pursue research in film and other areas of visual studies at the MPhil/ PhD level; others have developed their skills in careers in the media arts and related activities, including film festival work and media literacy training.


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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,550 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£8,775 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Overseas students will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place when they receive an offer for this course.  

The deposit is £2,000 (2016/17) and will be credited towards your total fee payment.

UK/EU students are not required to pay a deposit (2016/17)

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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