You can study Film modules as part of any MA English degree combination, plus we have joint named degrees:

  • MA English and Film Studies
  • MA Philosophy and Film

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.

Our Film modules respond to changing patterns of student interest in literature, culture, and the representational and time-based visual arts. We locate Film Studies in a clear relationship to English and Philosophy, taking full advantage of the range of critical and analytical skills that are applicable to both disciplines, and examining the cross-over of techniques and theoretical perspectives between film and literary art which has helped to shape both of those arts for more than a century.

Our degrees offer the opportunity to study English or Philosophy and Film in equal depth and complements particular aspects of the English or Philosophy side of the degree. Understanding either medium often requires transferable analytic skills. The degrees emphasise the value of interdisciplinary study, equipping you with sound knowledge of both disciplines and a range of critical skills applicable to exploring either or comparing both.

We provide a grounding in the specialist language of cinema analysis, focusing on individual films or directors, movements, genres and national cinemas, and we train you to explore film within its historical and cultural contexts, but also to engage with a range of theoretical perspectives. We expose you to the diversity of film by requiring knowledge of a variety of periods, genres, and regional and world cinemas.

Studying Film enables you to appreciate the workings of both literature and film in their own right, as well as to explore the diversity of the ongoing relationship between the two modes of representation, which is one of the most influential transactions between words and images in our culture.

  • In Level 1 the modules give you the basic critical and theoretical toolkit to understand and analyse a wide range of examples from the silent period to the present.
  • Level 2 then allows you to concentrate on particular aspects of film history.
  • At Level 3 you may choose from papers examining specific genres and styles in their historical contexts.
  • In Level 4, the modules on offer reflect the research specialisms of members of staff. The result is an varied range of choices, often based on interdisciplinary topics which bring together literary and filmic approaches in innovative ways.

All Joint Honours students may submit a Level 4 dissertation on any aspect of the degree in which they are interested in pursuing independent study. This may specialise in either English or Film, or an interdisciplinary combination of both.

For detailed information on the modules currently on offer, please visit our English modules webpage.

Visit the online prospectus for details of the MA English degree and the MA Philosophy degree.

If you want to go on to study Film Studies at postgraduate level, we also offer an MLitt/PGDip in Film Studies.