The MLitt in Film Studies will expand your appreciation of the medium in terms of its history, formal properties, and its relationships with other art forms. There is a particular focus on authorship and adaptation, as well as the transition from script to screen, drawing on an extensive collection of unpublished script material.
Why study this course at Dundee?
Film has been called the art form of the Twentieth Century, and continues to be a major force in contemporary culture. However, it remains in creative interaction with older arts. Above all, literature and film have been involved in a mutually enriching relationship since the birth of cinema in 1895. Moreover, films are often derived from literary sources, and literary texts increasingly draw on the cinematic devices. Film adaptations can extend or alter our perceptions of fiction or drama, but film also has its own language and styles, which range from the avant-garde to the popular, from aesthetic experiment to pulp commodities.
You'll look at film in relation to literature, art history and music, television and popular culture during this course. You're are encouraged to think critically about these ideas, and to appreciate the importance of relating critical close analysis of style and form to theory, context, politics and history. These analytical skills, combined with assessment that tests presentational and communication skills and problem solving abilities, are essential in the workplace.
This is one of over ten degree pathways offered in the Masters Programme in Humanities with Specialisation. Students on the Programme take some common modules, and are able to draw upon our research culture.
What is so good about this course?
The Film Studies programme is taught within the English programme in Humanities. We are at Dundee is a centre of research excellence, and postgraduate students join a vigorous research culture led by world-leading scholars.
In the most recent RAE, a full 90% of English's research publications were rated as of international excellence in terms of their 'originality, significance and rigour' and 45% of our research output was rated in the two very highest categories of 'international excellence'.
Study an individual module
If you wish to study just one module from this programme, rather than a whole degree, you can choose to apply for an individual module. Visit the Individual Humanities Module webpage for more information.
Who should study this course?
As well as being a research preparation degree for students who intend to proceed to a PhD, this course also caters directly for students who wish to take their first degree to a higher level of advanced study, for either career development or merely general interest.
If you need to acquire or improve your foreign language skills to enhance your postgraduate studies, (e.g. to read texts in a native language), you can enrol on a Languages for All course free of charge.
How you will be taught
All the core teaching is conducted 5.30-7.30pm to allow attendance by part-time and full-time students alike. Other classes are scheduled for the mutual convenience of staff and students.
A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, seminars, presentations, invited speakers and discussion groups, lectures, workshops, practical classes and demonstrations.
Learning methods will include oral and written presentations, as well as research essays and a dissertation. One-to-one supervision of a dissertation is designed to promote continuity in the learning experiences provided and students with the opportunity to work on an area of film study of their own choosing (subject to approval by the tutor).
How you will be assessed
Assessment is normally by extended essays for each module. All students allowed to progress to the MLitt phrase must attempt the dissertation.
Students whose dissertation fails to satisfy the examiners will be awarded the PG Diploma, provided that the taught elements of the course have been successfully completed.
What you will study
You will study one core module, various options and a dissertation.
Plus optional modules, from a list such as the one below:
- Approaches to Literary and Visual Culture
- Approaches to Film Adaptation
- The Cinema of John Huston: Adaptation and Authorship
- Two British Auteurs: Ken Russell and John Boorman
- The Writer-Director in American Film
- Joyce and the Cinema
- Comics and Film
- Film and Theatre
- The Literature of Hollywood
Graduates will gain a high degree of knowledge and expertise about cinema, literature, art, media, and popular culture, and will explore the relationship between these fields in a highly critical and interdisciplinary way. Students taking this programme may pursue academic careers, work in the media, or in the creative industries or publishing.
Year of Entry: 2016
Students will normally be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree in Film Studies, English or a related discipline. Applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may also be considered.
EU and International students
For entry requirements tailored to your home country visit the Your Country pages.
English Language Requirement
Please check our English language requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English language courses.
English Language Programmes
These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.
The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who
- have not met our typical academic entry requirements
- and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS
to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.
The 10 week Pre-Sessional programme provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS.
The 5 week Pre-Sessional programme provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.
There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.
|Fee status||Fees for students starting 2016/17|
|Scottish, Rest of UK and EU students||£4,500 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£12,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants
For Film Studies (MLitt)
For an individual Humanities module
Please read the Postgraduate "How to Apply" section for information on how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.
Dr Brian Hoyle
+44 (0)1382 384417