The University of Wolverhampton

MAFilm Studies

Why choose this course?

This taught programme is organised around aspects of British, American, European, and Eastern Cinemas. You will examine how film texts relate to their historical, social, and cultural contexts through a variety of critical and theoretical approaches. These include, for example, aspects that examine the recent re-emergence of aesthetics as an important cinematic discourse, or the implications of 9/11 for film and its audiences.

You will also participate in a Writing for Academic Success module, which will enable you independently to conduct a research project to a publishable standard as part of your MA programme. You will be encouraged to participate in postgraduate conferences and have opportunities to contribute to the University’s seminar programme.

By agreement with your course tutor, it is possible to study a combination of modules from other pathway routes, including Media, Popular Culture, and Conflict Studies and so focus on particular areas relevant to your research interests.

The programme provides the opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary investigation of various aspects of cinema and moving image culture, drawing on a variety of theoretical perspectives.

It offers opportunities for more specialised study, e.g. European Art Cinema

As well as developing students’ abilities for independent critical thinking, and academic writing, the MA Film Studies at Wolverhampton draws on the research activities of its highly specialised staff who are well established in the field.

Overall, this course therefore engages with contemporary issues and emerging new cinemas as well as established film theory. It also offers unique training for teachers and lecturers in Film and Media Studies as well as providing opportunities for progression to MPhil/ PhD in Film Studies.

Read more about Film Studies.


What happens on the course?

Typical modules may include:

  • 9/11 Narratives: Cinema and the War on Terror
  • Space, Place and Culture in Contemporary American Cinema
  • Teaching Film and Media
  • The Poetics and Practices of Eastern European Cinema
  • Crisis, Conflict, Culture: Cinemas of the Middle East
  • Picturing Britain: Aesthetics, Discourse and Culture in British Cinema
  • Research, Writing, Referencing: Routes to Academic Success
  • Cinemas of the Orient: Texts and Contexts of Far Eastern Film
  • Screening Horror: Trauma, Fear, and Fantasy in Film
  • Screening The Holocaust and Beyond

Why Wolverhampton?

The MA in Film Studies draws on the research activities of its highly specialised and knowledgeable staff, who are well established in the field (for publications, please see individual staff profiles). This course therefore engages with contemporary issues and emerging new cinemas as well as established film theory. It also offers unique training for teachers and lecturers in Film and Media Studies as well as providing opportunities for progression to MPhil/ PhD in Film Studies. The Film Studies department is affiliated to the University’s Media Academy and The Institute of Media Arts. The subject's links with Light House Media Centre are also well established. Light House has two purpose-built cinemas and a dedicated film library and archive, and enjoys a strong regional and national profile as a media centre.

Career path

As well as giving competence in a range of intellectual and social skills, the MA Film Studies programme is academically relevant to careers in the arts and media, leading to employment in arts administration, film archiving, film and media research, film journalism and teaching. A specific advantage of this course is a module enabling new lecturers to deliver Film Studies and Media at AS/A2 level. It provides a suitable basis for doctoral research in film and film history for which supervision is available.

What skills will you gain?

Up to date knowledge in diverse areas of Film Studies.

Transferable research, presentation, and academic writing skills.

Opportunities for Teachers and Lecturers in Film and Media Studies to update knowledge and to develop skills for a variety of Film Studies programmes including Advanced Level GCSE.

Entry requirements

  • You should have a good Honours degree in a relevant subject (eg. Film, Media, Cultural Studies, Humanities subjects)
  • Graduates from other disciplines may still be eligible for entry
  • You should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent)

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £5,900 £12,200
Part time £2,950

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit:

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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