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Film Studies

University of Surrey

48 months
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17600 GBP/year
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About

The Film Studies programme of the University of Surrey performs innovative and world-leading research across literature, writing and linguistics, and have been ranked as one of the top ten English departments in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and the Guardian University Guide 2020 for our undergraduate programmes.

Overview

Why choose this programme

We’re at the forefront of new knowledge in fields including literature, translation, language, linguistics, creative writing, and film studies. With a strong focus on research and writing in international contexts, we can provide you with a network of research links and support for your professional or academic career.

Our film researchers work on a range of specialist topics within the areas of cinema studies and visual studies, including:

  • issues of gender 
  • the connection between music and the cinema 
  • documentary film and media 
  • genre cinema 
  • cognitive analysis of the moving image 
  • animation studies.  

Our researchers have close links to the Department of Music and Media at Surrey, which also carries out cutting-edge research.

Our diverse mix of subject specialities means we’re a vibrant and imaginative community with plenty of opportunity for intellectual exchange.

What you will study

The Film Studies programme of the University of Surrey will train you in critical and analytical skills, research methods, and knowledge that will equip you for your professional or academic career. It normally takes around three or four years to complete our full-time PhD.

You’ll be assigned a primary and secondary supervisor, who will meet with you regularly to read and discuss your work and make sure that you’re on track. For us, writing is essential for understanding and developing new perspectives, so you’ll be submitting written work right from the start of your course.

In your first year, you’ll refine your research proposal and plan the structure of your work with the guidance and support of your supervisors. As you go into your second and third year, you’ll gradually learn to work more independently, and your supervisors will guide you on how to present at conferences and get your work published.

After 12-15 months, you’ll submit a substantial piece of work for a confirmation examination.  The examination will be conducted by two internal members of staff not on your supervisory team, and will give you the opportunity to gain additional guidance on your research-to-date. Following submission of your completed thesis, a viva will be conducted by a panel of one or more external examiners as well as an internal examiner.

Programme Structure

Research themes
  • Environmental humanities
  • Animation
  • Documentary
  • The film industry and popular film/culture.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 96 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are expected to hold a good first degree (a minimum 2:1 or equivalent) and an MA in a relevant topic.
  • IELTS Academic: 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17600 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 48 months.

Part time:

  • UK: £2,250
  • Overseas: £8,800

Living costs for Guildford

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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Funding

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