Film and Media Studies specialisms - PhD / MPhil
The MPhil/PhD in Film and Media Studies is for media graduates who are looking to develop their knowledge of a specific area of film and media studies to a high level of academic achievement.
Study at MPhil/PhD level is open to honours graduates as well as those already having a postgraduate degree.
The MPhil/PhD is largely non-taught and your main submission will be a thesis written under the supervision of a member of staff (the Director of Dtudies) with expertise in the area chosen. Additional support is available from other internal/external academics. Your thesis will be a piece of original critical research which makes a significant contribution to scholarly knowledge in the film and media studies field.
The broad topic to be investigated will be defined by you with more specific details agreed through discussion with the Director of Studies.
Careers & professional development
The course is useful if you wish to follow a career path involving advanced scholarly research; for instance, an academic teaching career in the film/media field.
Staff in the School of Arts, Media and Education value their relationships with students and provide friendly and supportive postgraduate research supervision. They are able to draw upon their own experience of publishing and conference presentation in the field to enhance their support of postgraduate students.
Projects recently completed by staff include the publication of a monograph applying Bakhtinian theory to some of the key concepts of film studies. Projects currently underway include Brid Andrews' study into documenting professional practice in the creative industries.
During the first 12 to 18 months of the course you will be registered for an MPhil and carry out research towards this qualification. Assuming satisfactory progress as indicated by a transfer report, you will then transfer to the award of PhD. At the transfer stage you have the option of writing-up for an MPhil only if you wish. Either qualification is awarded subsequent to the production of a thesis and oral examination.
At the start of the course you will be strongly encouraged to broaden your knowledge of research training by attending relevant sessions of the University’s postgraduate training programme and at relevant research seminars hosted by the school. You will be encouraged to participate in the latter and, as a PhD student, you will also be encouraged to disseminate your research more widely, at conferences and in academic journals. Supervisors can offer advice and encouragement on every stage of research dissemination, from writing proposals to delivering papers at conferences.
Applications for MPhil/PhD study are considered in the following areas:
gender in film/television
interfaces between theatre/film
psychoanalytic theory and film
late 1960s art cinema
authorship in film
economic and aesthetic interfaces in film
contemporary Hollywood, particularly the ‘blockbuster’
- comic book/superhero movies.
Projects currently underway by our research students include a study into the representation of the South Asian/British Asian woman in film and television, and a study into perceptions of threat in recent Hollywood cinema.
Projects are available in the areas detailed in the 'research topics' section above. Before submitting a formal application you should contact the postgraduate research degree admissions tutor in film and media studies to discuss the area in which you wish to work.
A more detailed proposal of a research topic will then be agreed between you and the supervisor(s) as part of the formal application process.
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