Ph. D. On Campus

Film Studies

University College London (UCL)

36 months
22900 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Film Studies programme from University College London (UCL) provides a uniquely rich research environment for the study of cinema at the heart of the dynamic city of London.


University College London (UCL) sits at the centre of the vibrant, multicultural and cinematic city of London. The university, which was the first to establish Film Studies in Britain, houses a thriving graduate research culture in the subject alongside remarkable resources for the study of cinema across its history and across the world.


Many or our graduates have gone on to academic careers as well as careers in writing and research.


Students who complete the PhD in Film Studies demonstrate the ability to produce original research and to construct convincing and original arguments. Many of those who have completed PhDs in Film Studies at UCL have gone on to significant academic positions elsewhere.


London is a vibrant centre for academic work, and regularly hosts seminars, symposia, and conferences. UCL is central to the city's research culture.

Programme Structure

Research areas:
  • North and Latin American cinema history
  • European cinema history
  • Documentary cinema
  • Non-theatrical/radical cinema
  • The history of the discipline
  • Silent cinema
  • Film theory
  • The political economy of cinema

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class UK Honours degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and a Master's degree with Merit in a relevant field.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22900 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 36 months.


  • UK: £2,845
  • International: £11,530

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.


Based on both academic merit and financial need

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