Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This international programme is an intensive and comprehensive exploration of the history of audio'visual and moving picture media, from the early 1800s to the present day. It encourages you to explore a wide variety of media in historical, sociological, aesthetic and anthropological terms, by drawing on distinct intellectual traditions of our European partners presented by the European experts in the field.

This innovative and flexible programme uniquely combines our strengths and experience in postgraduate teaching with the European excellence offered through our exchange programme with leading universities in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands.

While abroad, your choice of modules will depend on the partner institution you attend. Each university has a specific strength and specialism, which should guide your choice of university as the year abroad aims to help you develop and deepen your particular film and media interests.

Course Modules

Core module:

Media Technologies and Culture .

Indicative option modules:

Avant'Garde Film, Video and Beyond;

British Cinema and Television 1960'85;

Contemporary American Cinema;

European Cinema at the Crossroads;

Film Festivals .

You will also have an option to follow modules offered on the MA History of Art, MA History of Art with Photography, MA Museum Cultures and MA Screenwriting as well as film and visual media modules offered at other colleges of the University of London (including King’s College, Goldsmiths, UCL, SOAS, Institute of Education and Royal Holloway) through the University of London Screen Studies Group.

Start Date:

10/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA £8,175 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA £14,850 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Good honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. humanities, modern languages or social sciences). Knowledge of at least 1 other European language at a level to allow you to follow postgraduate-level courses at our European partner institutions. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.