Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme, available in both full'time and part'time study modes, offers you a broad'based understanding of how film, television and other screen media have developed and interacted across their varying histories.

It also gives you the opportunity to specialise in film exhibition and archival practice, in order to personalise your MA studies towards specific intellectual interests and future career hopes. The programme is unique in the way that it combines rigorous academic study with creative and practical opportunities, the latter offered both within certain option modules and via the two'month work placement.

This intermixing of the academic and the practical also enables you to take your interests further, into further postgraduate study, towards a career in teaching or into possible work opportunities in many areas of the media industries.

The programme has two other pathways: MA Film and Screen Media and MA Film and Screen Media (European Pathway).


+ Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016'17 World University Subject Rankings.

+ Teaching and supervision are delivered by leading film and media academics such as Drs Mike Allen, Janet McCabe, Andrew Asibong, Silke Arnold'de Simine, Dorota Ostrowska, Emma Sandon, Michael Temple, and Professors Laura Mulvey and Ian Christie. The research expertise of the teaching staff in cinema history, film aesthetics, television industry and form, and contemporary and future new media opportunities inform every aspect of the programme.

+ Core teaching is supplemented by talks from leading international academics and industry professionals, widening the intellectual framework of the programme and enabling further productive interaction between academia and industry.

+ The award'winning Birkbeck Cinema is central to the course. The cinema is equipped with 35mm and state'of'the'art DVD projection.

+ The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image programmes conferences, screenings and film'related events of all kinds throughout the academic year.

+ The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.

+ Located in central London, in the heart of historic Bloomsbury, Birkbeck is within easy reach of a world'famous social and cultural scene, as well as research facilities such as the British Film Institute and the British Library.

Course Modules

For information about course structure and the moules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,175 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £14,850 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £4,075 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £7,425 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Good honours degree in a relevant subject.