Film and Cultural Studies MA (CID172)




University of Sunderland

Film and Cultural Studies MA

Course overview 

There is a high level of engagement with theories and practices of film studies and cultural studies, as well as a strong emphasis on rigorous research skills. Given the importance of theory, an important attraction of this Masters is Sunderland’s research specialisms. These include star studies, performance, distribution and national cinemas.

You will focus on areas that you find particularly fascinating while contextualising your interests within the wider field of film, media and cultural studies. The course culminates in a dissertation on a topic that you negotiate with tutors. Throughout the course, you will refine your powers of analysis, research and communication. These skills are highly valued by employers and will boost your employability.


Why us?

  • Media and film studies at Sunderland are rated 11th in the UK according to the Guardian University Guide 2017
  • Benefit from attending our research seminar series as part of the course, giving you access to a range of leading researchers from other institutions working in the field of film, media and cultural studies
  • Study with our world leading researchers at Sunderland's Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies
  • The flexibility of the course encourages you to pursue your own research interests within the wider field of film and cultural studies

Teaching and Assessment

 All modules are team taught, drawing on the wide range of research specialisms of our staff. Co-taught with MA Media and Cultural Studies, this MA enables you to contextualise your own work within the wider field of film, media and cultural studies, as well as pursue your own specific interest in film. This approach is excellent preparation if you are thinking of continuing on to PhD level.

You will also be able to specialise and pursue your own specific interests film via choice of assignment questions on the taught modules and via negotiation of topics in the Special Topic and Dissertation modules.

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, critiques and workshops. Via CRMCS’s research seminar programme, these are supported by a range of guest speakers from diverse academic and industry backgrounds.

From stage 2 you will be expected to engage in a greater degree in self-directed study in preparation for the stage 3 dissertation. Your tutors will also give regular feedback and support. Assessment methods include essays, projects, presentations, and a dissertation.

Modular structure

Modules on this course:

  • Engaging with Theory: Key Thinkers, Writings and Concepts (30 credits)
  • Consumption in Everyday Life (30 credits)
  • Research Methods in Film, Media and Cultural Studies (30 credits)
  • Independent Study Topic in Film/Media and Cultural Studies (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Fees and funding

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £4,750 if you are from the UK / EU

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