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MA Film and Screen Studies

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year September 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Film
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2:2 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • Benefit from the opportunity to acquire research skills and curatorial expertise with access to our Digital Humanities Lab and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum – the only university film museum in the country
  • Delve into the latest methodologies, concepts and research trends at the intersection of film, television and media studies including archival screen studies
  • Benefit from innovative, research-led teaching, varied modules and an interdisciplinary approach
  • Opportunities to network with industry professionals through our successful 'Creative Dialogues' lecture series
  • Varied career opportunities such as cultural heritage, journalism, communications, film festival management, screenwriting, film and media industry, lecturing and teaching and Doctoral research

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Programme Director: Dr Ranita Chatterjee

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Home to the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

The biggest film-related archive in the UK outside the British Film Institute

Develop transferable skills, specialist knowledge and research skills through interdisciplinary teaching

Varied graduate careers

World-leading research and teaching team

Entry requirements

We will consider applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree with 53% or above in their first degree in a relevant subject area. While we normally only consider applicants who meet this criteria, if you are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

You will be engaging with a broad range of topics, drawing on our strengths in teaching and research across film theory and philosophy, film history and archival studies, transnational and world cinemas, feminist, queer and gender studies. A wide choice of optional modules will enable you to tailor your programme to your research or career interests.

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum provides a unique opportunity to gain research and curatorial expertise. Our research-led taught modules will prepare you to develop an MA dissertation project catering to your research interests. You will also have the opportunity to design a project embedded in the material cultures of film and screen studies linked to the distinctive collections of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. You will be supported by a dissertation supervisor, workshop lectures and a dissertation conference.

You will be joining a vibrant research community through The Exeter Screen Studies Centre.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£12,000 full-time; £6,000 part-time

International fees per year:

£24,300 full-time; £12,150 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research


Research-led teaching ensures module content includes the latest trends in Film and Screen Studies. Our research areas include: film and television history, film philosophy and theory, adaptation, gender studies, queer studies, world cinema, star studies, and film sound. The MA team curates a bespoke series of visiting speakers relating to the content of individual modules and the programme as a whole to enable you to engage with a wide range of world-leading experts and the most up-to-date trends and issues in Film and Screen Studies.


The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum holds a wide-ranging collection of more than 70,000 film related artefacts and is the largest research archive in any British University. The collection is available for all students to use as a research and study resource, giving students a highly distinctive and valuable experience of studying and researching film using primary materials, documents and artefacts. State-of-the-art equipment in our Digital Humanities Lab enables the examination and analysis of these materials.

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Employer-valued skills

You will gain valuable transferable skills in advanced research, critical thinking, written and verbal communication, and project management. Unique opportunities to go behind the scenes in the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum and Digital Humanities Lab will develop your practical skills in screen media archiving, cataloguing, and curation. The international focus of taught materials will enable you to enhance your intercultural competencies, skills that are invaluable in shaping future global citizens and which are becoming more and more attractive to employers.

Career paths

The programme set students up to pursue either doctoral research in film, media, screen and television studies or routes into employment by offering sought-after transferable skills and knowledge well suited to working in a range of professional destinations. An MA in Film and Screen Studies is academically relevant to careers in the arts and media, leading to employment in arts administration, screen and media industries, communications, archiving, film and media research, cultural heritage, journalism, film festival management, lecturing, and teaching.

Career Zone

As part of the wider College of Humanities at Exeter you will have the chance to use our Career Zone which can help you gain the skills, experience and expertise employers are looking for.

There are a wide range of opportunities to enhance your employability, along with the support you need to make important career decisions. You will be encouraged to speak to your personal tutor and academic staff about your future career, as they may be able to offer advice and guidance to assist your decision making to help you achieve your goals.

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