Film Studies

Film Studies at Exeter is based in one of the UK’s top rated English departments for research, teaching and student experience. The department offers a supportive and stimulating environment within which to undertake an MPhil/PhD in Film Studies.  

The dedicated Film Studies team have a wide range of expertise across American, East Asian, European, and other world cinemas, and consistently receive excellent student feedback for their teaching. Film students at Exeter are part of a thriving postgraduate community and postgraduates become part of a vibrant research culture when they join Exeter.

As well as receiving research training, mentoring and supervision to support their research projects, many PhD students undertake training and practice in teaching, leading to a recognised qualification in higher education teaching.

Staff and research students regularly present their research in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Film Research (CIFR) forum, which also hosts visiting speakers. Recent speakers have included filmmakers Don Boyd, Mike Figgis, Mike Leigh and Nicolas Roeg, screenwriter Andrew Davies and sound designer Tom Sayers.

Students also have access to outstanding research resources, including the extensive holdings of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, the largest library on the moving image in any British university. 

Helen Hanson, Director of Postgraduate Research: Film Studies

Postgraduate Teaching and research in Film Studies at Exeter draws on world class film research resources, and a wide range of staff expertise which spans film history and theory across American, East Asian, European, African and other World cinemas.

Staff in Film Studies have recently published on the following topics: animation; Catherine Deneuve; CGI; Chinese queer cinema; early cinema; epics and blockbusters; the femme fatale; genre and genres; the Hollywood Left; international stardom and its relation to European culture; Italian cinema audiences in the postwar period; Mathieu Kassovitz; Miami Vice; North African filmmakers working in France; transnational cinemas; the history of sound design; the history of Spanish Cinema; stage illusions and special effects; tie-ins and marketing; media constructions of Seattle; Taiwanese cinema; and virtual actors and performance.

Postgraduate taught and research students benefit from staff experienced in teaching and supervising at Postgraduate level. We encourage our postgraduate students to become part of a research community and to participate in the activities of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Film Research (CIFR). 

Helen Hanson, Director of Postgraduate Research: Film Studies

Degrees in Exeter

Why study for a PhD in Film?

Hear from Chris Grosvenor (PhD student in Film Studies) as he explains why he chose to study for his PhD at Exeter.

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