Film Studies MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

MPhil/ PhD supervision is normally available in the following areas:

Early cinema and cinema culture in Britain and the USA
The history of film style; popular cinema culture; points of contact between literature and film; Hollywood after 1975 (Dr A Shail).

British cinema, particularly 1940–60
British stars; gender representations; female film criticism; gender and genre; women and production roles (Dr M Bell).

Contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinemas
The Spanish thriller; gender representations; Basque cinema; national identities and the use of landscape, space and place (Dr A Davies).

French cinema
Popular film from the 1930s to the present; stardom; gender and representation; cinema audiences and theories of spectatorship (Dr S Leahy).

Algerian cinema
Postcolonial cinema; cinema and the representation of trauma; cinema and the Algerian War; contemporary French cinema; French horror and fantasy cinema; cinema and the work of Pierre Bourdieu (Professor G Austin).

Transnational Chinese cinema
Stardom; gender and sexuality; audience/reception studies; Chinese independent filmmaking (Dr S Yu).

The vampire on film in any language
(Dr A Davies).

We are particularly keen to work with postgraduates in the major research projects listed above, or in the more general areas related to them.

For more information about staff specialisms please see the websites of the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics and the School of Modern Languages.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

There are a number of film-related research seminars on campus, including: the Research Group in Film and Media series; the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics visiting speaker series; and the School of Modern Languages research seminar series, and the annual conference of the North-Eastern Regional Film Seminar. There is also an annual Faculty postgraduate conference. Our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School also provides training in key skills, research techniques and supports personal development.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject. An MA or MLitt in film studies is preferred.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview, which can be conducted via Skype if necessary.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

We offer financial support for attendance at national and international conferences. We normally offer PhD students undergraduate teaching as part of their training and to supplement their income.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year, although specific deadlines for funding may apply. A 500-word research proposal and a list of modules and marks for previous degrees must be included with your application. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

There are two possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 22 September 2014

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:

Lucy Brickwood
School of Modern Languages
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5867

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Film Studies.