M.Phil. On Campus

Film and Screen Studies

University of Cambridge

9 months
27516 GBP/year
12159 GBP/year
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The MPhil in Film and Screen Studies offered by the University of Cambridge provides advanced training in the study of the theory and history of film and other screen media in a vibrant interdisciplinary context. The moving image is explored in relation to the development of modern and contemporary culture, and to the history and theory of other media. 


The MPhil in Film and Screen Studies offered by the University of Cambridge aims:

  • to give students with relevant experience at the first-degree level the opportunity to develop a historically and theoretically informed approach to the study of screen media in their cultural contexts, both in taught classes and through closely supervised individual research
  • to give students the opportunity to develop a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to the study of film and screen, by exposure to the different kinds of inquiry undertaken in a variety of disciplines
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests
  • to offer a course which is also designed as the first year of research towards a PhD in film and screen studies
These aims are achieved by:
  • giving students the experience and guidance necessary for them to be able to formulate a feasible research proposal, and to prepare for submitting written work based on such a proposal to a clearly defined timetable
  • providing a broad foundation for the proper understanding of the issues which have shaped a given field of study, and thus for a critical assessment of existing scholarship
  • encouraging students to develop insights which might form the basis of an original contribution to that field of study
  • developing students’ competence in bibliographical method (including the use of computer technology)
  • giving students the experience of attending and contributing to a graduate research seminar, and in particular of presenting their own work and discussing the issues that arise from it with an audience of senior and junior members of the participating departments and faculties

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme students will have:

  • developed a deeper knowledge of the history and theory of film and screen studies in a cultural context
  • developed a conceptual understanding of the debates which have shaped that field of study, and of current research methods
  • acquired or consolidated skills appropriate for research in their chosen area
  • demonstrated independent judgement, based on their own research
  • participated effectively in seminar discussions
  • learnt how to timetable independent research to produce written work of a high standard to a clearly defined deadline

Programme Structure

The course structure:

The Film and Screen Studies MPhil is a nine-month course that runs from October to June of any given academic year. It is classified as a research master. Students are expected to submit coursework and a thesis during the year, as follows:

  • Michaelmas Term:

During the first term of study, students attend weekly seminars and film screenings designed to give them a broad insight into moving image theory and culture. 

  • Lent Term:

Students can choose from a range of module options. Some focus on the moving image, others are shared with different MPhils and other sections and faculties within the University, such as Architecture and History of Art, English, and Latin American Studies, among others.

  • Easter Term:

During this term, students write a thesis. Theses must, according to the criteria laid down by the Board of Graduate Studies, "represent a contribution to learning". 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree
  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English   
  • Research proposal
  • Sample of work 

Tuition Fee

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    27516 GBP/year
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    12159 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12159 GBP per year during 9 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

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