Film: Theory and Practice MA

Film: Theory and Practice MA

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months


This course will give you a sophisticated understanding of films as systems of meaning. Studies cover areas such as film-making, historical cinema, screenwriting and narrative.

The course will advance your knowledge of:

  • the musculature of cinematography and editing
  • the nerve system of narrative conventions
  • authorship
  • genre
  • power
  • aesthetics
  • stardom
  • nationality

You can specialise in areas of film theory, or in film practice. Film practice includes screenwriting, film-making and cinema management.

Your development

You will develop your own scholarly approaches to film through exploring a range of positions in film studies, and a range of historical periods and national/transnational cinemas.

By the end of the course you will have acquired knowledge of a range of analytical and theoretical principles in film studies and an array of national/transnational cinemas, including:

  • British
  • Chinese
  • French
  • American
  • North African
  • Spanish and Latin American

If you choose to work in film production you will usually have a finished film within 12 weeks.

Practitioner and research led teaching

The study of film has a long history at Newcastle. Our community of film scholars share specialisms in:

  • film genre
  • film stardom
  • gender and ethnic identities in cinema
  • writing on film

Our research interests also range widely in Anglophone, French, Hispanic, East Asian and Middle Eastern cinemas.

Award-winning film-makers, Tina Gharavi and Ian MacDonald, bring a wealth of professional experience to the teaching of film production. We collaborate with the Tyneside Cinema to provide work experience opportunities and in-depth knowledge in film exhibition and distribution.

We have a thriving research culture in film. The Research Centre in Film and Digital Media organises a diverse range of activities such as visiting speaker series, student or staff-oriented conferences and symposiums, and Chinese and Spanish film festivals.


Based at the University’s central Newcastle campus and delivered in late afternoon, 4.00pm – 6.00pm, during term time. This is a joint course between by the School of Modern Languages and the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics. There are also close links with the Research Centre for Film and Digital Media.

You take a total of 180 credits during either a 12 or 24 month study period.

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.


Related Degrees

  • Film Studies MLitt

    The Film Studies MLitt combines taught modules and individual research. It is well suited as preparation for PhD research. We have a thriving community of postgraduate students working in film across the Schools of Modern Languages, English Literature, Language and Linguistics, and Arts and Cultures.

  • Film MPhil PhD

    You can specialise in either film practice or film studies.

All related programmes


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2018 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.


Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.

Career development

Our graduates have progressed into a variety of careers, including:

  • academia
  • media
  • journalism
  • cinema management
  • film production

Many of our MA students go on to PhD research.

Graduate destinations

Careers Service

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Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.



Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600


Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600


Full time: £16,200

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in film, media studies or a related subject such as:

  • English
  • modern languages
  • history
  • sociology
  • art
  • 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.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

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If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Start dates

The course starts in September. We accept applications until early August, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.