Film Studies at the University of Southampton is well-established, having been running for 15 years. The MA programme is a solid and challenging degree course, one of the most distinctive features of the programme is its emphasis on the transnational and global perspectives on cinema. The programme is taught by scholars of international standing and has an outstanding record of research and publication, including topping league tables for best film department in the UK in The Guardian and for research in the national research assessment of 2009 (under European Studies).
Introducing your course
The MA in Film Studies degree provides the opportunity for you to examine the evolution of cinema, from classical film theory to post-classical and current issues in film distribution. This masters course can provide valuable insights into the movie industry and take you on a career path that can lead to rewarding professions in the arts and media industries.
The MA programme in Film Studies provides a flexible course of study which concentrates on a considered and theoretical approach to methods of research while embracing precise textual analysis and film history as well as offering a choice of options to suit your own interests. The MA Film Studies programme is designed to equip you with a range of practical and intellectual skills that will enable you to complete your degree successfully and put you in a good position to gain employment in the arts and media industries.
Typical entry requirements
First- or upper second class honors degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in an arts-related subject
IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University
- Intake: 15
- Average applications per place: 4
- Academic entry requirements: First or upper second class honors degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in an arts-related subject.
- English language entry requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
- Selection process: Online application
Typical course content
You will be encouraged to develop your own research interests, applying the skills and resources you acquire during the programme. At the same time, we foster a collaborative ethos in which students exchange knowledge and ideas. The emphasis is on progression towards shaping the direction of your degree yourself, rather than relying on your tutors to set the agenda for you.
How will you learn?
On a postgraduate taught programme teaching is led by academic staff, allowing you to engage with, and contribute to, the world-leading research carried out in Humanities at Southampton. You will complete a core programme of research skills development in tandem with a series of modules which you select according to your personal aims and objectives. Each programme offers a wide and fascinating range of modules related to our specialisms led by academics who are experts in their chosen fields of research and who wish to engage you with their experience.
Teaching and learning take place through a variety of student-centered activities, mainly focused on seminar discussion, supported by one-to-one tutorial supervision. Thinking skills are developed through activities such as seminar discussion, oral presentations, tutorial consultations, and through the essays and dissertation. As well as the use of web-based resources, wide reading and evaluation of secondary sources indicated on module reading lists are actively encouraged.
A large part of the postgraduate study is independent learning. Programmes will develop your critical awareness, encouraging you to reflect on the methodologies employed in the further study and to apply these to the reading and research you undertake as part of your degree.
The primary assessment method for testing your knowledge and understanding is a 4-5,000-word essay for each module, the topic normally decided in consultation with the module tutor. You will also be asked to demonstrate your key skills through participating in individual and group presentations, class exercises, essays and the dissertation. The 20,000-word dissertation is a core element in establishing the acquisition of appropriate skills and the application of research techniques. Your supervisor will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.
A Masters degree will enable you to further develop the key skills employers seek such as time management; problem-solving; teamwork; deadline and project management; cultural awareness; working independently; using your initiative; relationship-building; critical thinking and research analysis. Above all, you will learn to communicate your ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences.
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Last updated March 12, 2018