Informed by your particular discipline, you’ll critically contextualise your work, clarifying theoretical and practical research-based enquiries, and contributing distinctive new ideas to the field.
You’ll be allocated two supervisors, with additional staff members available if necessary. Our supervisors are experienced in most areas of film and television production, including the management of media SMEs, the effect of digitisation on programme production and distribution, narrative in factual programming, experimental film and video, cinematography and the role of the director of photography, and the 'glass ceiling' in factual programming. You can see a full list of research areas in the Supervision and support section below.
Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
MPhil: 1-3 years (full-time), 2-4 years (part-time). PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: 2-5 years (full-time), 3-6 years (part-time). PhD: 2-5 years (full-time), 3-6 years (part-time).
Based in the historic Cambridge School of Art, you’ll be part of a growing community of researchers from many different fields. We provide various research forums and hold regular seminars and informal presentations for our postgraduate and research students. We also have links with our Faculty’s Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute(CoDE) and Anglia Research Centre in Media and Culture (ARCMedia).
You’ll have the chance to take part in various exhibition and conference opportunities in the area of film and television production, and benefit from our strong links with institutions like the Cambridgeshire Film Consortium, the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Kettle's Yard, and the University of Cambridge's Centre for Research into Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH).
All your subject-specific studies will be enhanced and supported by our University-wide training sessions, where you’ll gain important research expertise in areas like ethics, presentations, intellectual property and digital scholarship.
You’ll be supervised and supported by staff who have professional and academic expertise in film and television production, and have worked on the production of many films, documentaries and television programmes. Our research expertise includes:
Shreepali Patel: documentary; creative tools of production in storytelling across genres; audience/user engagement in site specific, multi-platform and interactive audio-visual projects; cross-disciplinary collaborations between audiovisual art, science and politics.
Catherine Elliott: social history and film; the documentary; gender and television; current trends in the British television industry; the history of educational television.
Sophie Jackson: alternative storytelling in both fiction and non-fiction films; the changing landscape of financing and distribution of independent films.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.
If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.
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