Queen Mary, University of London

Course Introduction

Film studies at Queen Mary performs consistently well in the National Student Survey (NSS) and in national newspaper league tables: we were placed seventh out of 90 UK institutions in The Times Good University Guide 2013 and were ranked sixth out of 86 UK institutions in the Guardian University Guide 2013. You will be taught by experienced filmmakers as well as leading academics in areas which cover many different periods of film history and which draw on films and cinema traditions from around the world. You are encouraged to develop your skills in film criticism and copy'editing by contributing to Mapping Contemporary Cinema, our new online journal run by staff and students. Queen Mary also hosts 'Living British Cinema', an exciting new forum that promotes the appreciation of British film culture and history, bringing together students, scholars, writers, filmmakers and industry professionals. Our London location is another obvious advantage. The city is home to the British Film Institute and the London Film Festival, as well as to major film premi'res and art'house cinema venues. And, with much film and television production based here, there are opportunities to gain valuable experience in a film'related part'time job or work placement. We have excellent facilities, particularly our state'of'the'art 41'seater cinema, used for screenings and lectures, our two film studios and our film production suite, with high'end Apple Mac computers running Final Cut Pro.

Course Modules

Year 1: Introduction to literature (texts and context); introduction to film; brief encounters (short stories and tall tales); the opposite of science (how to do things with poems); film form; auteurism (the European tradition). Year 2: The European novel (readers and rogues ); what is cinema? (critical approaches); 2 further literature options: the modern world; presentations of London in modern European literature, film and fine art; 3 further film options: stars; the French new wave; scriptwriting. Year 3: Comparative literature and film research project; 3 further literature options: lost in translation?; poetry and poetics of resistance; touch and read (the five senses in literary modernism); 3 further film options: contemporary American cinema; Spanish cinema (the films of Pedro Almod'var); French film.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £28,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • European Baccalaureate 77%
  • International Baccalaureate 34
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MDD
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher AAB-AB
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma MD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade