M.Sc. On Campus

Film, Exhibition and Curation

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
26300 GBP/year
13400 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Film, Exhibition and Curation programme from The University of Edinburgh combines rigorous critical thinking with experiments in creative practice, deepening your understanding of film and the ways in which it communicates with many audiences.


As a Film, Exhibition and Curation student at The University of Edinburgh, you’ll explore a series of approaches to the often neglected consideration of film’s movements and migrations within the context of the rich and varied festival, gallery, archive and exhibition cultures of Scotland, the UK and beyond.

You’ll work on imaginative curatorial projects, both independently and collaboratively, with input from industry partners. Assignments range from pitches to programming, and you’ll be assessed in ways that support you in producing experimental work and discovering yourself as a reflective professional.

Our community

Study with us and you’ll be part of a close-knit, international community of film enthusiasts under the guidance of two dedicated Programme Directors - Susan Kemp and Jane Sillars - who combine industry experience with teaching excellence, gaining them multiple Teaching Awards nominations.

Our School is a highly creative environment in which you’ll also meet students of Film, Intermediality, Creative Writing, literatures, and many languages.

Based in a world-renowned festival city, filled with independent cinemas, galleries and venues, we host visiting professionals throughout the year, and regularly collaborate with two of the UK’s largest film festivals, the Glasgow Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

We also have excellent links with Screen Academy Scotland, and with a range of other industry partners in Scotland, the UK and internationally. For example, previous students have been placed, or won internships, in Cannes, Chicago, New York, and London.

Your future

You’ll leave with a portfolio of projects that demonstrates both rigorous academic and professional skills, as well as your ability to work independently and with others. Previously awarded the Students’ Association’s Teaching Award for Developing Student Employability, we were one of the early contributors to ‘Making the Most of Masters’, a cross-university initiative which won the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Employer Engagement.

Our students come from a range of backgrounds and have gone on to careers across film exhibition and curation, in cultural mediation, in communications, research, and the arts, forming a connected international graduate community of engaged professionals. As the programme matures, this has led to a number of collaborations, both between alumni and between current and former students.

Career opportunities

On completion of the programme you will be equipped with the insights and skills essential for a career in film programming, festival organisation and related professional activities.

You will have gained the knowledge of film curation and exhibition required for further academic research or professional practice.

You will also have a transferable skill set that can be applied to any career you decide to pursue, including skills in:

  • communication
  • research
  • collaborative working
  • project management

Programme Structure

As well as studying film exhibition practice from a range of perspectives, and the relationships between the moving image and its audiences, your core courses will involve a research-led, project-based, 40-credit course in Applied Exhibition and Curation. 

To enable you to develop a specific area of professional and/or academic competence, you’ll choose from a range of assessment designs and programme outcomes for your final project. Currently, these are:

  • an individual dissertation;
  • an individual or collaborative applied research project;
  • a collaborative curatorial project;
  • producing an individual or collaborative video essay and written reflection

You will be supported in your final project through close individual supervision through the latter months of the programme.

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There are 6 application rounds.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.
  • Multidisciplinary and comparative approaches are key aspects of film studies and we therefore welcome students coming from areas of study other than film.
  • We may also consider your application if you have relevant work experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    13400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13400 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees per year

  • Home: £6,700
  • International/EU: £13,150

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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



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