King's College London

Course Introduction

Overview

The Film Studies Department is one of the the leading centres for the study of cinema in London. We have internationally recognised research strengths in the following areas: European cinema, American cinema (mainstream and avant-garde), world cinema (especially East Asian), cultural approaches, and film theory. We also offer the option of a joint PhD with Hong Kong University or the National University of Singapore.

Staff publications and research encompass national cinemas together with popular European genres and stars, art cinema, documentary, and experimental film. Cultural approaches extend to a wider range of cinemas (American and Asian as well as European) and include national and transnational identity in film, gender and ethnicity, the representation of the city, music and film, and new media. Work in the area of film theory addresses the relationships among film and other disciplines such as philosophy, psychoanalysis, literature, geography, and art.

Joint PhDs - Benefits of collaboration

You can choose to do your PhD jointly with Hong Kong University or the National University of Singapore.

Hong Kong

The Film Studies Department at King's sees a close affinity with the research interests and directions of Hong Kong University?s (HKU) Comparative Literature Department with its growing interests in global, inter-regional and cross-cultural exchanges in the study of film theories and histories, postcolonial discourses, gender and sexualities, race, ethnicities and other forms of sociopolitical identities, as well as interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary media.

Singapore

Film Studies is part of a larger intellectual environment in the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore, which offers undergraduate and graduate programmes that examine communication with a focus on new media, and cultural studies in Asia. These programmes focus on media and cultural studies, communication management and interactive media design.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £5,550 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £5,550 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £20,820 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours and Master's Degree with Merit, with minimum 10,000 word M.A. dissertation involving substantial historical and/or theoretical research. A degree in film studies, or a subject in which film or media plays a significant part, is an advantage, although candidates from other disciplines and those returning to study will be considered on their own merits. Applicants with an Master of Fine Arts may be considered, although a substantial writing sample will still be required.
  • International entry requirements: Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours and Master's Degree with Merit, with minimum 10,000 word M.A. dissertation involving substantial historical and/or theoretical research; A degree in film studies, or a subject in which film or media plays a significant part, is an advantage, although candidates from other disciplines and those returning to study will be considered on their own merits; Applicants with an Master of Fine Arts may be considered, although a substantial writing sample will still be required. Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in reading & writing and 6.0 in listening & speaking; TOEFL iBT: 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing, 23 in reading and 20 in each of the other skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) / Cambridge C1 Advanced: 185 overall; minimum 176 in reading & writing and 169 in listening & speaking; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge C2 Proficiency: 185 overall; minimum 176 in reading & writing and 169 in listening & speaking; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 69 overall, with a minimum of 62 in reading & writing and 59 in listening & speaking.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100