M.Sc. On Campus

Global Film Industries

Queen Margaret University

12 months
15000 GBP/year
6000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This new MSc Global Film Industries from Queen Margaret University offers a critical and practical study of contemporary global film cultures and histories of cinema, with an emphasis on the place of the Scottish industry in the world


Global Film Industries at Queen Margaret University is for those who want to work in the film industry, with a particular emphasis on those roles identified as key skills gaps – for example, entrepreneurship, marketing and project management. It will prepare students for a diverse range of professional roles in the local and the global film industry.

The course will also appeal to those already working in areas of the film sector, who wish to progress to senior level in pre-production (finance, location), distribution (marketing, sales), exhibition (cinema, festival management), policy or film education by developing their knowledge of the global film industry and professionalising their leadership skills and managerial practice.

Course overview

The course develops a comprehensive understanding of the social, cultural, and business frameworks of the film industries. This is informed by and informs central and under-valued roles in the industry, like film promotion, sales and distribution, policy, education and outreach, fundraising and sponsorship, research and consultancy, project management or programming and exhibition.

By understanding the elements of production, distribution and exhibition, you will learn how to be most effective as a cog on a film set. You will gain insight into film policy, pre-production, sales and distribution networks and programming / curation. Drawing on QMU’s existing portfolio of courses in Business, PR, Film, Media and Cultural Industries, this new course has been inspired by the professional experiences of our academic staff. We have solid relationships with the local and the international film sector in policy, sales and distribution, film exhibition and education.


You will be qualified for a broad range of film production, distribution and exhibition positions within a wide spectrum of film businesses and organisations. Potential careers include production management, coordination, fundraising, marketing, programming, curation or audience development, as well as many other roles across the global film industries.

We also support entrepreneurial graduates to set up their own businesses. Since 2014 we have supported a range of graduate start up media production businesses through our Business Innovation Zone.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Scottish Film: Culture, Industry and Practice
  • Global Film Industries: Theories, Histories, Policies
  • The Value Chain: Marketing, Sales, Distribution, Exhibition
  • Strategic Communication and Digital Practice
  • Fundraising, Development and Finance
  • Planning and Marketing Cultural Projects

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK honours degree or equivalent OR significant work experience.
  • International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    15000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    6000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Part time:

Scot/UK/ROI: £800 per 20 credit module / Dissertation: £1,200

International: £1,970 per 20 credit module / Dissertation: £3,200


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