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Film Studies with Audio-Visual PhD

University of Birmingham

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Course options

  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Birmingham

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21, 31-JAN-22

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Our Film Studies Audio-Visual PhD enables you to make an original contribution to the discipline through the use of both film and a written thesis.

As a postgraduate researcher in the Department of Film and Creative Writing you will benefit from the expertise of staff in both fields, opening up exciting new opportunities to develop synergies between the two.

You will work with supervisors and technicians to film and edit an hour-long documentary film as part of your research, accompanied by a 30,000 word written defence. The combination of skills developed will prepare you for prospective careers in the media industry, academia and related disciplines.

Why Study this Course?

Internationally renowned staff: Our academic supervisors possess renowned, award-winning expertise across a range of critical and creative approaches. Their work can be found in theatres, libraries, cinemas, newspapers, classrooms and bookshops, at festivals, on television screens and online.
Integrate skillsets: This PhD will enable you to engage two very different skillsets simultaneously, bringing your creative and critical faculties to bear on your chosen research topic. The ability to integrate these skillsets together is of growing significance as image-orientated digital technologies predominate. Film need not be merely a medium of entertainment, but rather a way of understanding, interrogating, teaching and learning about the world.
Postgraduate community: You will be joining a lively and intellectually diverse environment in which to study film and creative writing.

Employability

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for your future career, but this can also be enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University and the College of Arts and Law.

The University's Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.

You will be encouraged to make the most of your postgraduate experience and will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive one-to-one careers advice, including guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique, whether you are looking for a career inside or outside of academia
  • Meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs and employer presentations
  • Attend an annual programme of careers fairs, skills workshops and conferences, including bespoke events for postgraduates in the College of Arts and Law
  • Take part in a range of activities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to potential employers and enhance your CV

Tuition fees

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£ 18,810per year

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

University information

University of Birmingham

  • University League Table

    13th

  • Campus address

    University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, England

A member of the Russell Group, Birmingham is a research-intensive institution. Its world-leading academics have included 11 Nobel Prize winners.
A diverse and global community, with over 8,500 international students from approximately 150 countries.
In the glorious heart of England, Birmingham is a diverse, modern and exciting city with a long cultural and intellectual heritage.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    10th out of 102 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    159 83%

    11th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    8th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.84 77%

    82nd

    11

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