MPhil, PhD Film Studies

Year of entry

The University offers excellent facilities for research, teaching and professional practice for MPhil and PhD research in Film Studies.

There is a strong interdisciplinary research culture bringing historical and theoretical approaches to the study of film, television and screen media from silent and Hollywood film, to narrative features, documentary, avant-garde and experimental film.

Enquiries should be directed to Professor Shane Blackman.

Available MPhil and PhD supervisors

Dr Andrew Birtwistle:

  • film sound; experimental film and video art
  • art cinema
  • sonic arts and culture.

Professor Shane Blackman:

  • youth subculture, popular music, deviance and drugs
  • feminism
  • ethnography, social and cultural theory.

Dr Andrew Butler:

  • science fiction, horror and film
  • sexualities
  • drinking cultures and brewing.

Dr Ken Fox:

  • film and television landscapes and cityscapes
  • representations of Ireland and Irishness on film and television
  • cinema's influence on the life and work of cultural agents (writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, actors, musicians, etc.).

Dr Agnes Gulyas:

  • digital transformations and communities
  • media economics and management
  • international comparative studies in media and cultural sectors.

Dr Tim Long:

  • subjectivity and creativity
  • digital media
  • practice based research in art and new media.

Dr Chris Pallant:

  • animation - particularly the creation of animated landscapes and the work of Disney
  • production studies - primarily the historical evolution of the storyboard
  • interactive media - with a focus on the work of Rockstar Games.

Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido:

  • memory studies
  • war and conflict in the news
  • social movements.

How to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.

Find out how to apply for a research degree. 

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MPhil/PhD Film Studies apply
Canterbury 66 months part-time September 2020
MPhil/PhD Film Studies apply
Canterbury 66 months part-time February 2021

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UCAS institution code

  • C10

Entry requirements

  • If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

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