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Welcome to the Film Studies Department

The Film Studies Department is among the best places to study film in the UK according to the latest subject league table in the Guardian University Guide (2018). The Department has received consistently high rankings in league tables (1st in 2015, 1st in 2013, 1st in 2012 Guardian tables) and 5th in the Sunday Times University Guide 2014. The high quality of the Department’s teaching is also reflected in its outstanding results in the National Student Satisfaction Survey (92% rating for quality of teaching). 

We welcome applications for our BA, MA, and PhD programmes from prospective students who are passionate about film, who meet our entry requirements, and who wish to be part of the leading department in the UK for the study of film.


Why study film with us?

Our Film Studies community is dynamic and vibrant. Cinema was undoubtedly the most exciting art form to emerge in the 20th century. Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, film is surrounded and challenged by an array of new media. Film Studies offers the critical, historical, and theoretical tools needed to understand and appreciate the creative potential of cinematic and electronic images and to assess critically how they mediate our experience of the world.

In addition to inspiring lectures, seminars and dissertation supervision, we offer enviable student support through our tutorial system. We ensure that there are highly effective channels of communication between students, teaching as well as administrative staff in order that we can provide the best possible experience. Our graduates go into a range of careers or choose to pursue further study and research. 

There are social events throughout the year and our resident Film Society organise weekly film screenings, networking opportunities for film-makers as well as social outings. We also run frequent events with some of our partners including the BFI Southbank, the leading national institute for film.

The Department has enviable facilities including two dedicated, fully-equipped (DVD/VHS projection) lecture-seminar rooms, a large film theatre with 35mm/Betacam SP/Blu-ray projection, and a huge collection of print, DVD and VHS materials in the Maughan Library.

Our research

Our pioneering research was recognised in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise and we achieved the highest rating of any department in London and were in the top five in the UK. 

The Department runs events throughout the year, from film screenings to hosting research conferences by some of our distinguished visiting academics which makes for a rich and thriving research culture.

Our research is world-leading and extends across the following broad areas of expertise: European cinema, North American cinema, World cinema - especially East Asian film, cultural history and critical theory.

Our history

Film Studies was established first as a Programme at King’s in 2000 and as a Department in 2007. The Department offers a single honours Film Studies BA degree course and several undergraduate courses in conjunction with other King’s departments.

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