Film and Film Cultures MA

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Film and Film Cultures MA, 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Course information

UK/EU fee £9,500

International fee £17,500

Taught by History of Art and Film

Course director
Professor James Chapman
+44 (0)116 252 2865

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620

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This is for you if... you want to delve deeper into the relationship between film, culture and society while acquiring advanced research skills.

Course description

Course description

This course, run in collaboration with international film specialists in our School of Modern Languages, will provide you with a deeper understanding of the relationship between films and the cultures and societies in which they are created and consumed.

You will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge of different film styles and film makers during the course, which will focus primarily on the cinemas of Hollywood, Britain and Europe.

The course will address the key aspects of postgraduate film studies, including the historical research of film industries, formal and thematic film analysis, and the relationship between film and society. This will equip you with the skills to increase your critical awareness of key debates and issues within the field.

This degree places particular emphasis on developing your independent learning and advanced research methods and skills, with your dissertation, which will be on a subject of your choice, contributing strongly to the final assessment. This focus will equip you for a career in arts and policy management, film journalism, the film industry or for further study to PhD level.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

2:1 degree in Film Studies or a Modern Foreign Language, or other relevant subject.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2022

  • £9,500

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2022

  • £17,500

You will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The MA in Film and Film Cultures will equip you for a wide range of careers in the industry, including film journalism, cinema and exhibition management, and film education and teaching, as well as jobs in the arts and creative industries generally. It is an ideal programme for those wishing to teach film either in schools or in adult education, and for those interested in proceeding to postgraduate research.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure



Route A

Core modules:


Route B

Core modules:

Plus two option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

The Film Studies part of the History of Art and Film at Leicester currently comprises three full-time staff and affiliated staff from across the College of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.

The University has a state-of-the-art Film Theatre, which is equipped with a digital projection system and cinema-style seating.

You will be studying in an environment with an impressive range of research strengths, including British and American cinema history, British television history, East Asian cinema and popular screen culture, women cinema, European cinema and Latin American cinema.

Teaching and learning

You will be team taught in thematic blocks of five weeks for each course module. Teaching will be seminar-based, with individual and small group tutorials in preparation for assignments. You will undertake independent study and research throughout the programme.

You will assessed through a variety of methods including essays, sequence analyses, book reviews, presentations and through your final dissertation.

Key dates

Applications for September 2022 are now closed to international applicants due to the length of time required to complete the visa process. September 2023 is the next available intake and applications will open no later than 1 September 2022. Please note that UK students wishing to apply for September 2022 may continue to do so until 2 September 2022.

  • Recommended application deadline for students who require a visa to study: 25 July 2022
  • Deposit payment deadline: 8 August 2022
  • CAS request deadline: 2 September 2022 
  • 50% payment deadline: 2 September 2022 

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I have loved studying film with the context of cinema. It has broadened my knowledge and has pushed me to take my research further.

Theia, MA Film and Film Cultures

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