We offer promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in one of the most dynamic institutions in Britain. We give all possible support to our researchers, developing the resources available at the University and encouraging an active postgraduate environment for the exchange of information and ideas. You'll be supervised by staff with a wealth of experience and expertise across various aspects of film, television, cinema and production.
Our Film Studies PhD/MA by Research is a collaboration between the Departments of Film and Creative Writing and Modern Languages, which share a vibrant and fast-growing postgraduate community that is closely associated with B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies.
The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a thesis of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision. The PhD, the most advanced research degree, leads to a thesis of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice, also under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff.
Meanwhile, our Film Studies Audio-Visual PhD gives you the opportunity to film and edit an hour-long documentary film as part of your research, accompanied by a 30,000-word written defence. You will work with supervisors and technicians to develop this practice-based project, using our editing suites and filming equipment.
Our Film Studies PhD/MA by Research programme can be studied on campus or by distance learning. Please note that if you are studying with us by distance learning, there is a compulsory annual visit to campus (every two years for part-time PhD students).
Research interests of staff include:
We have particular strengths in research that focuses on the audio-visual aspects of Film Studies. Our academics have a range of expertise, from film aesthetics and production, to screenwriting and adaptation.
For full research interests of staff, please read our staff profiles or visit the research interest tab on each programmes webpage.
Please visit the College of Arts and Law funding page for information on possible funding opportunities.
This programme is waiting to hear about funding for the next session, or external funding will be applied for once a suitable candidate is selected. Applications are welcome - please see programme details for further information.