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PhD Film Research Programme (P300)

University of Southampton

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Avenue Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    29-SEP-22, 09-JAN-23

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

We welcome enquiries on any topic in film and television. We provide excellent research resources locally, and national archives and libraries in London are easily accessible.

Introducing your degree

The study of film and audiovisual culture is an endlessly fascinating subject that provides a wealth of insight into the human condition, ways of thinking and the manner in which societies and the world have developed over the last Century and a quarter. This PhD Film Research Programme allows students to immerse themselves in questions posed by film as art, industry and way of life.

Research students benefit from being part of a close-knit community of research students constantly in contact with an energetic and dedicated group of specialist scholars with a broad range of interests. This is held together by research events such as visiting speakers, research workshops and our yearly departmental conference, all under the aegis of the Centre for International Film Research (CIFR).

As an intimate and friendly department, PhD students meet regularly with staff and other students. The presence of senior scholars with well-established teaching, research and supervisory expertise allows for careful guidance towards thesis completion. A supervisory team will support your academic and professional development, which includes individually tailored specialist skills training. We have an extremely wide range of subject matter for which supervision can be offered, stemming from an experienced and diverse selection of staff, all of whom have international status for their research. Research can take the form of empirical research, theoretical research and even includes the option of a practical component to the thesis.

We will encourage you to engage actively in current debates in Film Studies, and to take on professional tasks early in your candidature. This might include conference participation, publishing an academic article or contributing to academic teaching. Indeed, we not only have an outstanding record of student achievement in terms of publication and presentation during candidates, but also an exemplary record of students publishing their theses after completion. Graduates go on to teach, lecture, write or contribute to the film industry in a variety of ways.

Learning and Teaching

A postgraduate research degree from Humanities at Southampton offers you the wide and varied experience you should expect from a leading research university. We are committed to providing a relevant, modern and above all enjoyable environment in which to undertake your research project, along with the opportunity to gain the additional skills and understanding you need to start a career in any number of areas including academia.

Tuition fees

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£ 18,000per 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 Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 8,200 EU and international students.
Southampton’s Students Union has over 40 cultural and international groups to connect international communities in a social setting.
Specialist careers support and paid year in employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    16th out of 90 12

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    142 67%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    69.0 69%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%



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