• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
The Global Cinemas programme taught at SOAS University of London offers students the unique opportunity to study in-depth regional cinemas outside the now standard research topographies - both geographical and theoretical - of mainstream cinema studies, so opening up avenues for advanced research in areas and methodologies as yet untapped.

About

The Global Cinemas programme taught at SOAS University of London provides an avenue of study for those simply wishing to obtain a post-graduate qualification in Cinema Studies without being confined to a European- and/or American-centric world-view.

The optional elements of the degree allow students the opportunity to specialize in one or more of the many regional cinemas on offer in the School: Japanese, Chinese (mainland, Hong Kong & Taiwanese), mainland and maritime South East Asian, Indian, Iranian, Middle Eastern and African. 

It also enables students to combine specialist film studies knowledge with a module in an Asian or African language or to advance their social and cultural knowledge of a given region through an ethnographic module. Alternatively, through our links with University of London Screen Studies Group , students may choose from a selection of optional modules to further develop cross-cultural perspectives in an east/west framework.

Careers

SOAS is exceptional in its geographical focus, and the expertise in the disciplines of Film and Screen Studies makes us unique in the field. In a ‘global’ industry, film and media scholars, and practitioners are increasingly recognising the need for a move toward the study of image cultures and industries beyond the historical hegemonies of the European and Hollywood industries. 

This has been more than evident in the career trajectories of graduates from this degree, who have gone on to find employment in Film Festivals (Venice to name one), DVD distribution companies and the art house cinema circuit, while others with a practice-based background have gone onto form their own production companies, in one case producing documentaries for Al-Jazeera (see the Contraimage link on the SOAS Centre for Film and Screen Studies website). 

Other graduates have followed the more traditional pathway into PhD programmes where they have been singularly successful in competing for AHRC studentships.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals
  • The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa
  • Film and Society in the Middle East
  • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film
  • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context
  • Indian Cinema: Key Issues
  • Issues in Anthropology and Film

              Detailed Programme Facts

              • Programme intensity

                You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                Full-time
                • Full-time duration 12 months
                Part-time
                • Average part-time duration 24 months
                • Intensity Flexible
                • Duration description
                  2 or 3 Years Part Time.
              • Credits
                180 alternative credits

                Students must take 180 credits in total, comprised of 120 taught credits and a 60-credit dissertation.

              • Languages
                • English
              • Delivery mode
                On Campus
              • More information Go to the programme website

              English Language Requirements

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • Minimum required score:

                100

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              • Minimum required score:

                6.5

                The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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              • Minimum required score (Grade B):

                193

                C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

                Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

              Academic Requirements

              You need the following GPA score:

              Required score: Upper Second Class

              Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

              Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

              • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

              Tuition Fee

              • International Applies to you

                19930 GBP/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 19930 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
              • EU/EEA Applies to you

                9685 GBP/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 9685 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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              PT fees (2 years):

              • UK/EU - 4,843 GBP per year.
              • Overseas  - 9,965 GBP per year.

              PT fees (3 years):

              • UK/EU - 3,228 GBP per year.
              • Overseas - 6,643 GBP per year.

              Living costs for London

              • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
                Living Costs

              The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

              Funding

              Scholarships

              • Felix Non- Indian Scholarship
              • Felix Scholarships
              • John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship
              • Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award
              • SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship
              • SOAS Master's Scholarships
              • Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship
              • Tibawi Trust Award

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