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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Mile End

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Enhance your career by pursuing an MA in Film. Learn from specialists in the field, explore a wide variety of modules and study a subject you're passionate about by choosing one of our three pathways:

  • Theory;
  • Documentary Practice;
  • Directing Fiction.
  • Three pathways allows you to focus on your specialism of interest
  • Taught by specialists in the field
  • Gain the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in film or broadcasting

What you'll study

Our MA Film includes three different pathways for you to choose from:

The Theory pathway offers you the opportunity to explore key aspects of film analysis, theory, history and practice.

Through a range of different approaches to the study of film, including genre and textual analysis, audience studies, and media archaeology, you will be exposed to some of the most pressing debates about film today. Questions of ethics and whether we can consider film as a document; of how film works on our bodies as an affective medium; the reasons for film's close affinity to urban, cosmopolitan and diasporic cultures; and the historical legacy of film as an international, and now transnational medium, are all central to the programme. In exploring these questions, you will be introduced to some of the liveliest and most important chapters in the history of cinema.

The Documentary Practice pathway investigates, articulates, questions and challenges issues of individual, social, political and ideological importance.

This pathway utilises documentary production as a professional creative skill and as a practice-based research tool to create sophisticated, intellectual and critical enquiry. The programme involves critical enquiry and research into documentary production and also includes creative production work to a professional standard.

The Directing Fiction pathway trains you in the technical, theoretical, creative and aesthetic skills necessary to direct fiction film, and helps you find your own voice and vision as a director.

The programme consists of an innovative combination of technical training, suitable for those completely new to filmmaking and those wanting to further their craft, mentoring in the production of a number of short films written and directed by the students, and historical and theoretical teaching.

Career paths

The Department of Film provides great opportunities for you to develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Both Documentary Practice and Direction Fiction pathways provide graduates with a roster of festival ready films, and the skills to pursue independent filmmaking or work in the industry. All three pathways equip you with skills and knowledge to pursue a range of careers in film and broadcasting, as well as continuing on to PhD study.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 19,250per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Queen Mary University of London

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  • Campus address

    Queen Mary University of London, Admissions and Recruitment Office, Mile End Road, Tower Hamlets, E1 4NS, England

Queen Mary students enjoy the security and friendliness of campus in a famous city, with guaranteed accommodation for all first-year undergraduates in Year 1.
Queen Mary is a truly global university. It has students and staff from over 160 countries, and has sites in London, China, Malta and Paris.
Research at Queen Mary is world-leading across disciplines, with academics making a major impact across all subject areas.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 103 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    141 74%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72.0 72%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.82 76%



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