Film: Theory and Practice MA

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500 part time £2,750
International: full time £12,075 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

 This programme aims to enhance your skills in the critical analysis of the underlying language of film. It offers advanced knowledge of the theoretical and historical aspects of film in a range of national and transnational contexts, and develops and widens your knowledge of film as both a medium and an aspect of wider cultural histories.

The programme offers the opportunity to advance skills developed at undergraduate level, develop skills for a career in the creative industries or establish the foundations for PhD-level study.

Through the programme you will develop:

• skills in a range of research methodologies specific to the study of cultural objects in general and film in particular
• research skills including critical and selective data-gathering, archive work, synthesis of complex information, comparative analysis, bibliographical skills, and the application of information and communications technologies
• advanced knowledge of the theoretical and historical aspects of film in a range of national and transnational contexts
• (for students choosing options in film practice) in-depth knowledge of the processes, requirements and demands of either filmmaking or cinema management

As a student on this MA, you will take modules that will equip you to analyse films and engage with questions about the nature of film and the dominant and nationally-specific trends in film history. You may also choose optional modules in specialist fields of film theory and history or in film practice (including film production and film exhibition).


You take modules to advance your knowledge of the dense texture underpinning film meaning and develop your skills in handling narrative conventions, authorship, genre, power, aesthetics, stardom and nationality, isolating the forces at work in the production and consumption of films.

Optional modules are all based on staff research expertise. You can also undertake a professional placement at the Tyneside Cinema where you specialise in either programming and marketing or participation and education.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

More detailed information about the programme structure is also available.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in film, media studies or a related subject such as English, modern languages, history, sociology, art or psychology. We will also consider applicants with a degree in a different subject alongside relevant professional experience, such as film journalism or teaching in film.

Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other sub-sections), TOEFL 90 (internet based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

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

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

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.

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

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are accepted until early August, although specific deadlines for funding may apply. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

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.