36 months
18000 GBP/year
4407 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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You can specialise in either Film Practice or Film Studies. Our Film Practice PhD at the Newcastle University provides you with a unique opportunity to develop your film as a practice-led research project. Alternatively you can undertake a Film Studies, MPhil or PhD studying British, Algerian, Chinese, French or Latin American cinema.


Newcastle University has embarked on an ambitious Film Practice PhD at the Newcastle University of growth in film practice under the name of Film@CultureLab. It’s led by award-winning documentary filmmaker Dr Ian McDonald. Film@CultureLab is committed to developing a distinctive approach to non-fiction film practice pedagogy and research. This is rooted in an understanding of documentary film as a cinematic medium and filmmaking as a means of expression and of challenging, critiquing, and intervening in the social and historical world.

Key facts:

If you’re interested in undertaking a PhD, be it practice-led, practice-based, or theoretical, in the following areas, please get in touch in the first instance with the admissions tutor Dr Geetha Jayaraman.

  • most areas of documentary/non-fiction film practice (see supervisor profiles for specialisms)
  • creative documentary practices in the UK, India, South Asia, Africa 
  • intersections between the documentary and sociological, anthropological, cultural studies 
  • sports documentaries
  • feminist film practice
  • social linguistics, translation and documentary practice
  • documentary theory and practice in the USSR / Russia
  • theorising documentary as a critical and creative practice
  • history of the documentary and of documentary movements
  • studies of independent film production and exhibition 
  • World cinema 
  • Indian cinema
  • film festival studies

Film@CultureLab PhD scholars are based in Culture Lab. You’ll have access to the superb facilities in Culture Lab and join a vibrant community of practice-led PhD scholars in film practice. PhD students are encouraged to regularly present their work to each other as part of the Film Praxis Forum ‘Work-in-Progress’ Series held each year.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Creative documentary practices in India/ South Asia 
  • Film festival studies
  • History of the documentary
  • Intersections between the documentary and sociological/ anthropological/ cultural studies 
  • Sports documentaries
  • Studies of independent film production and exhibition 
  • Theorising documentary as a critical and creative practice
  • World cinema studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and preferably a merit master's degree, or an international equivalent, in a related subject, such as:

  • MLitt (if applying for Film Studies, MPhil and PhD) 
  • film studies
  • English
  • cultural studies
  • modern languages
  • history
  • sociology
  • art
  • psychology

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    18000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18000 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4407 GBP per year during 36 months.


  • Full time: £4,350
  • Part time: £2,175
  • Full time: £16,500

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 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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