Research Methods in Film Studies

Module code: HA7201

Module co-ordinator: Professor James Chapman 

Module Outline

This module will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to research methodologies in film. It will cover the following themes: the historiography of Film Studies; aesthetic and social film histories; analysing non-filmic primary sources (e.g. scripts, trade papers, press books); and assessing quantitative and qualitative evidence of reception. The module will be taught through key secondary texts (e.g. Cahiers du Cinema on Young Mr Lincoln) but will allow you to follow your own particular interests. You will also be expected to make use of the British Film Institute Library in London to gain experience of using non-filmic primary sources.


  • 20 one-hour seminars


  • Portfolio, 5 x 1,000 words (50%)
  • Case study, 3,000 words (50%)