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MA Film Studies

This highly-regarded degree is concerned with the advanced and in-depth analysis and interpretation of a worldwide range of cinema and audio-visual media, their social and political contexts and effects, and the intellectual and philosophical currents which shape them.

Follow the link below to our Postgraduate prospectus for more detailed information about the MA Film Studies.

The Curriculum

All students take the core module "Formations in Film Studies: An Advanced Introduction to the Field", which runs every autumn. They also take four option modules from a menu of options, spread across the autumn and spring. Finally, they complete a dissertation, which can be an entirely written work or a combination of written work and audio-visual creative practice (a short film or video essay). Below is a list of the option modules that have run in recent years (the precise list varies from year to year in line with staff availability and student demand, so make sure to check with us which particular modules will run in the year you are applying for):

- 21st Century Hollywood
- Cinema and Sentiment
- Cinema and the City
- Contemporary French Cinema
- Ecology and the Moving Image
- Exploitation Cinema
- Global Art Cinema
- Global Queer Cinema
- History and Memory in Film
- London Film Culture
- Media Aesthetics
- New Directions in Chinese Cinema
- Reconfiguring Film and Media Philosophies: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
- The Moving Image in Art
- The Politics of Aesthetics: Perspectives from Weimar Germany
- Thinking Cinema

We also offer a range of Internship opportunities.

King's College London inter-departmental options

Students on the MA Film Studies may be eligible to take an option or options in another King's department.

Find out more about all the modules offered in the Department of Film Studies

University of London 'Screen Studies Group' options

Intercollegiate options are offered through the University of London Screen Studies Group (Birkbeck, Goldsmiths, KCL, LSE, QMUL, Royal Holloway, SOAS, UCL). View the modules on offer.

Places on modules are limited, so if you wish to take one of the SSG modules please let the administrator at your home institution know as soon as possible and they will liaise with the partner organisation to determine whether there is space available.


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Research impact

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Current and past Department of Film Studies research projects



Research culture in the Department of Film Studies is vibrant and stimulating


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