Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

This programme will enable you to integrate the practice and theory of documentary film and develop your voice as a documentary filmmaker. You will learn about the many forms, discourses and approaches of the documentary, drawing upon the current research of prominent filmmakers, theorists and historians. Your studies will involve a dynamic schedule of workshops, lectures, guest speakers, events and field trips, working in a productive, collaborative context with students from around the world.

Access to specialist production and post-production equipment, black box studio spaces, along with the advice and support offered by experienced practitioner staff, will ensure you gain in-depth production skills. By completing the MA you will have produced a unique portfolio of documentary films and assisted on numerous other productions. If you want to become a practising documentary filmmaker then MA Documentary Practice is the ideal course for you. And if your ambition is in the area of factual film research, or to embark on theory-practice academic study, then the programme is also a perfect fit. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will be assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life. You will be assessed by coursework only, usually in the form of a practical project or a written essay, the tutor, or project supervisor, will offer guidance and support in researching, producing and/or writing of these assessed elements.

Start Date:

EXPECTED SEP-2019. EXPECTED SEP-2019.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,150 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,150 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £16,350 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,575 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,575 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,175 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students will need an upper second class honours degree in a humanities or creative arts discipline, and will have an informal interview on application. Graduates from non-humanities disciplines are also welcome to apply, but may also be asked to complete a written assignment. International students will need to be highly proficient in English for academic purposes.
  • International entry requirements: The minimum English Language requirements for entry to postgraduate degree programmes within the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film are: IELTS: 7.0 overall including 7.0 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; TOEFL: 100 overall including 27 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking; PTE Academic: 68 overall including 68 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; Trinity ISE: Trinity ISE III with a minimum of Merit in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking; C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 overall including 185 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 overall including 185 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
  • IELTS score: 7