This MA offers you the opportunity to explore key aspects of film analysis, theory, history and practice. If you have already studied film at undergraduate level, you will be able to deepen your knowledge here. If this is your first in-depth engagement with film, you will be introduced to some of the liveliest and most important chapters in the history of cinema. You will be able to pursue your own particular interests in a dissertation on a topic of your choice. The MA also includes an element of practical work and the study of production practices.
From the earliest days of British cinema, London was the location of most British studios and it remains the national focal point for studying film. Our provision at Queen Mary is enhanced by our proximity to major cultural centres such as the British Film Institute, which includes the BFI Southbank, National Library and National Archive, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Ciné- Lumière at the French Institute. The MA attracts high numbers of well-qualified applicants from the UK and overseas each year. It is both a valuable qualification in its own right and particularly useful for applicants wishing to study subsequently for an MPhil or PhD in Film Studies.
The core module spans two semesters and provides an introduction to film analysis, theory and history and an overview of national and transnational cinemas cultures (incorporating discussion of films from the USA, Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia and Latin America).
You can also choose two single-semester module options from a range including:
9/11 and American Film
Comedies of Desire
Documentary Film: Theory and Practice (subject to approval)
Documentary: Specialist, Cross Platform and Current Affairs (subject to approval)
Films of Powell and Pressburger
Film History: Hollywood and the Second World War
Film Studies Research Project (subject to approval)
Frame, Space, Time: Approaches to the Experiences of Film
History, Fiction and Memory in French Cinema
Introduction to Film Archives
Married to the Mob?: Mafia representations in Hollywood and Italian Cinema
Paris on the Screen
Sighting Gender and Sexuality in Latin American Film
You may be permitted to take one option offered as part of another MA programme in the School or within the Faculty of Arts, provided that the MA convenor agrees that this would be beneficial for your intellectual development and research plans. In the case of options outside the School, admission to such modules requires the further agreement of the module convenor. This arrangement is also extended to include an option offered as part of the MA in Global Cinema and the Transcultural at SOAS, the MA in Screen Studies at Goldsmiths, the MA in History of Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck, the MA in Film Studies at UCL, or the MA in Film Studies at KCL.
You will submit three essays for the core module, one of 2,000 words and two of 3,000 words, and one 4,000-word essay for each of the two options. At the end of August you will submit a dissertation of 10,000 to 12,000 words.
For further information regarding assessment for specific modules, please see our website.
We normally require an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in film or a relevant subject (such as English, History, Media or Modern Languages).
For international students, please refer to the International Students section.