The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Film Studies and Philosophy

Why choose this course?

The Film Studies and Philosophy integrated joint offers a wide ranging approach to both philosophic and filmic texts. The programme will develop analytical skills and give theoretical insight into the works studied. The programme offers a supported, stimulating and multicultural environment in which students can analyse and interpret different filmic and philosophic texts. Drawing on different filmmakers, thinkers and traditions, this integrated course examines beliefs, values and practices that might otherwise be taken for granted.

The study of Film with Philosophy will help students to communicate more effectively using the written and spoken word. Students will acquire a range of subject specific and transferable skills, including higher order conceptual and communication skills, independence, enterprise, digital literacy and IT awareness, all of which are of immense value in graduate employment.

What happens on the course?

The Film Studies team has a wealth of expertise across a variety of film forms and national cinemas, which include popular film genres such as: the Western, gangster, science fiction and film noir. The research expertise of the philosophy team is wide-ranging, and comprises political, moral and cultural philosophy in particular.

Film Studies and Philosophy students are taught how to analyse individual film texts and to relate film to history and social and cultural processes. You will have the opportunity to examine representations of class, gender, ethnicity and identity by studying film genres, movements and national cinemas, including European and non-Western films as well as Hollywood classics. Students will examine film as an art and as an industrial product. Throughout the programme you will engage with critical and theoretical debates relevant to the subject.

The first year of study provides a comprehensive introduction to critical thinking in philosophy and film studies, through key philosophical texts as well as using Film as a resource. In your second year you look at key traditions in moral philosophy and get the chance to assess your own moral intuitions and concepts. At this level, the interdisciplinary module Body, Sexuality and Identity makes an integrated use of film for philosophical discussion. In the third year of the course you can choose from modules like "Freedom, Recognition and Authenticity", "Philosophy of Mind", "Contemporary French Cinema", "Cuts, Cults and Classics: Screening Spectacular Cinema", "Once Upon a Time in the Non-West". You will also have to complete an independent study dissertation of 10-12,000 words.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The course is one of the few courses in the country to combine Film Studies with Philosophy in an integrated joint.
  • All of the films on the course are screened at the Light House Media Centre, the only media centre of its type in the West Midlands. Light House contains two cinemas with full size HD and 35mm screenings.
  • You will learn to apply philosophical skills and techniques to practical reasoning in an imaginative way.
  • In the process you will acquire capabilities highly valued in modern diverse working environments.
  • Internationally renowned philosophers are invited under the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series to deliver lectures.

Comments from our External Examiners on provision:

For Film Studies:

"I was very pleased with the work being done here on the work practice module [Community Link]. These can be both problematic to assess and to monitor. The tutor is handling this with skill. I very much like the idea of the student setting their criteria for assessment on the module. The use of the Pebble Pad to track the performance of the student and provide an on-going diary of the work is very good practice indeed".

For Philosophy:

"The curriculum is very well designed with material which meets the requirements of philosophical rigour and contemporary relevance. It is suitably orientated to cater for the interests of the students on the joint honours program. As in previous years it is evident that significant and sustained attention has been devoted to thinking about how to teach content in a way which encourages student engagement".

What our students think

“My philosophical education has nurtured my cognitive powers to levels of intensity and endurance I would never have thought myself capable of. Also, the enthusiasm of the lecturers has played an integral part in my coming to appreciate that the journey to new ways of seeing the world is as pleasurable as the destination itself.” Andres Del Cisne (Graduate 09)

“My course was not only really interesting but invaluable in terms of the skills I learned. I developed sharp analytical abilities, a wider use of language, confidence in public speaking and presentations, and, through a varied range of assignments, excellent writing skills.

The tutors were always friendly, helpful and thorough, while the course content was kept fresh, lively and engaging.

The skills I developed on this course were really helpful when I started as an Editorial Assistant with a local magazine, and I was able to quickly progress to Features Editor. I am now an Online Features Journalist with the country's largest regional newspaper.”

Online Features Journalist - Express & Star


Career path

Film Studies and Philosophy graduates have gone on to pursue a variety of careers in the public and private sector. Several now work in journalism; others are employed as teachers and lecturers, while some have opted for postgraduate study at prestigious institutions throughout the world. Careers in local government, IT, media and campaigning are also pursued. Film Studies graduates from recent years have also been involved in film and video production.

Comment from our External Examiner on employability:

For Film Studies:

"The route has undergone a major revision since last year. The content of the route is clearly in line with subject benchmarks. The modules on the route provide for a stimulating mix of subject matter themed variously around issues of theory, genre, industry and geographical / national location. The core skills demanded of the student: those of detailed investigation, cogent argument and debate, fluency in written and verbal response are in high demand in a knowledge economy. I was pleased to see that within the revalidated route the scope of student choice was maintained".

What skills will you gain?

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Organise and gather information and materials (time-frames, formats, etc.) from a variety of sources;
  • Employ a range of written, oral and digital resources in the research, articulation and presentation of scholarly and academic work;
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with specialised subject vocabularies, drawing connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within Film Studies and Philosophy;
  • Display a critical self-awareness and openness to reasoned dialogue with others in a multi-cultural and international context whilst learning to act independently;
  • Demonstrate key employment skills (e.g. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups)

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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