Film Studies MLitt

School of Humanities

Combine a critical and theoretical approach to film studies with practice-based elements, and get some experience behind the camera and in the editing room

Date of entry

September 2021

Start date

September 2021


12 months

Study mode

Full Time


Dundee City Campus

You will study a balance of modules dedicated to various aspects of film theory, history, and practice. Through the core module you will explore key concepts in film theory, film programming, film criticism, and researching in film archives. 

You will also explore a range of theoretical issues related to spectatorship and visual culture, and learn to read and appreciate the screenplay. You will also engage with other kinds of critical writing about film, including journalism, reviews, and interviews.

Through a series of archival case studies you will develop important research skills and learn how to use unpublished archival sources in your research and writing. 

You will also choose further optional modules from both theory-based topics and practice-led options, ranging from documentary film-making to a module on working with actors. 

We have previously offered masterclasses by leading film practitioners, such as the writer-director Bill Forsyth (Gregory’s Girl and Local Hero) director and producer Don Boyd, and writer-director Simon Rumley.

“The best thing about the course is the teaching staff, because they are so fired-up, enthused, and knowledgeable. But also, one of things I particularly love is how much more opportunity there has been to do practical work.”

Dan Faichney, Film Studies student, 2019

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