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Postgraduate Study

Newcastle has a thriving community of postgraduate students working in film, across the Schools of English, Modern Languages and Arts & Cultures. Our taught MA in Film enables students to specialise either in film theory & history or film practice, including film production and cinema management, and prepares all students for the advanced research involved in doctoral study.

Postgraduates studying for the MLitt and the PhD are a crucial part of the research culture of the three schools, and supervision is provided for projects that span academic schools and sub-disciplines, ensuring the best fit between graduate students’ interests and the expertise of supervising staff.

Postgraduate students working in film benefit from speakers, conferences and special events organised by the University and the North Eastern Regional Film Seminar, which brings together film scholars from the Universities of Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland, Teesside, Durham and York for a one day symposium.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School provides all students with training in professional and key skills, and hosts postgraduate events.

Information on postgraduate funding schemes is available here. The Centre has some funding to enable postgraduate research students to attend events related to their research e.g. conferences and film festivals. There are normally two calls per year when students are invited to apply for support. Following their attendance at an event students write a report about their experiences. You can read some of these reports.

There is also the Film Factory, which is an exciting new film forum for students and staff at Newcastle University, initiated by two PhD-students from the School of Modern Languages, Gary Jenkins and Mani Sharpe. It consists of a series of film screenings followed by discussion and debate at the Culture Lab.