M.Sc. On Campus

Film and Visual Culture

University of Aberdeen

12 months
17900 GBP/year
4567 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Film and Visual Culture programme of the University of Aberdeen is exploring the role film and visual culture plays in wider society.


At a Glance

Based in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, the Film and Visual Culture department offers a progressive approach to researching this influential and vibrant area of study. The aim of the Film and Visual Culture programme of the University of Aberdeen is to train students to become active participants in their own visual culture, as careful scholars and creative practitioners.


Whether taught or research-based, postgraduate work in Film and Visual Culture at Aberdeen will prepare you for entering a variety of careers.

You will gain and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the field while specialising in the areas of Film and Visual Culture that most interest you. As you do, you will also be developing transferrable skills sought by a wide range of employers including project management, collaboration, creativity, presentation and communication across a variety of formats and audiences, working to deadlines and managing a diverse workload. Both within your studies and through the excellent student societies, including Granite City TV and the Aberdeen University Filmmaking Society, postgraduate students also have a wealth of opportunities on campus to learn or develop media production skills in a vibrant and supportive environment.

Developing expertise in the broad field of visual culture will position you well for a future in academia, arts management or production, the film industry, journalism and broadcasting, and areas relating to information and communication technology, but will also equip you with skills desired by employers across diverse industries.

Programme Structure

Key research specialisms within the department include:

  • Performance art
  • Contemporary art in Eastern Europe
  • Documentary
  • Practice-as-research in filmmaking
  • Post-traumatic sites in film and visual culture
  • Representation of indigenous peoples in cinema
  • German and Austrian literature, film and visual culture
  • Memory studies
  • Visual cultures of science
  • Science in Cinema
  • Film, visual culture and ecology
  • Intermediality

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details
  • You are welcome to apply up to 18 months before your preferred start date. Actual start dates will be confirmed in the admissions documentation.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants to the MPhil or PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17900 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    4567 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4567 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Aberdeen

729 - 1069 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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