Film Studies - Theory History Practice

Trinity College Dublin

12 months
19414 EUR/year
9097 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The course is a unique opportunity to embark upon a detailed investigation into the intellectual currents and aesthetic concerns surrounding the study and practice of film.


Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin is an exciting area of study. Along with our undergraduate Film Studies programme, there is a vibrant postgraduate and research culture. The M.Phil. in Film Studies - Theory, History, Practice plays a central role in that thriving postgraduate community, offering students the opportunity to blend film and digital media theory, as well as history and practice. Many of our graduates go on to further study at PhD level, and others pursue careers in the film industry, in film journalism and other related areas in the arts and media.

The programme

 From the outset, questions of history, theory and context combine with issues of close analysis and interpretation. Modules in screenwriting, creative documentary and editing allow students to balance film and digital media theory with practice. In addition, the course aims to develop the key transferable skills required for further postgraduate study. These include dissertation preparation, time management, and oral and written presentation, alongside an emphasis on independent critical thinking.

Programme Structure

Elective Modules:

  • Critical Approaches to Cinema
  • Cinema and Ireland
  • Current Trends in World Cinemas
  • Current Trends in European Cinemas
  • 21st Century Television
  • Editing 
  • Creative Documentary Practice 
  • Screenwriting 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines






On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Two academic references (or where appropriate clinical referees)
  • Academic transcript(s) which must be certified by the issuing body
  • Certified copy of degree certificate(s)
  • A recognised certificate of English Language Competency
  • Any other qualifications that may be required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19414 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19414 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9097 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9097 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Film Studies - Theory History Practice
Trinity College Dublin