Ph.D. On Campus

Film by Practice

The London Film School

48 months
Tuition fee
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The Film by Practice programme offered by The London Film School is designed for students wishing to develop their filmmaking practice in a more advanced cultural, aesthetic and critical context.



The University of Exeter College of Humanities at The London Film School is able to offer doctoral studentships to fund doctoral study in Film by Practice, as a joint degree with The London Film School. These Film by Practice doctoral studentships are tenable for up to three years and cover full tuition fees and a maintenance allowance.

Increasingly, independent film practitioners feel the need not only to develop their skills and thinking beyond the received concepts of mainstream or, indeed, art cinema but also to bring greater critical, aesthetic and theoretical rigour into their practice. A new aesthetic is required if film is to move beyond its present parameters, one that acknowledges the historical imperatives of its culture.

Programme Structure

  • The partnership formed by LFS and the College of Humanities provides a unique combination of strengths in all the areas covered by this PhD. College staff have the critical theoretical experience required to lead the supervision of a research degree, while LFS staff are professionals from within the creative industries with significant expertise in guiding students in filmcraft. 
  • More generally, the College and the University offer training in a range of research skills, and students will benefit from being a part of both the research culture of the College and the professionally-based environment of the LFS.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We invite applications from candidates with a strong academic background and a clear and engaging research proposal which can be developed through available research supervision. 
  • Successful applicants will be expected to have considerable experience in filmmaking already, including a professional postgraduate degree in filmmaking and a good first degree (at least 2.1 or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. 
  • If English is not your native language then you will also need to satisfy the English language entry requirements.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Film by Practice
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