MA Film and Television Studies

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

Drawing on over 40 years of leadership in the field, the Film and Television department has reviewed its MA provision for 2016/17 and has taken the decision to replace the MAs in Film and Television Studies and Film and Television Production with a single integrated MA programme in Film and Television. This new programme will combine the strengths of the two MA programmes and provide a greater synthesis of theoretical and practical study to reflect the strengths of the discipline at Bristol.

For further details, including the new programme structure, please see here

We are excited about this development, which will provide students with greater opportunities to mix theory and production, while working with a wider range of leading experts within the Department of Film and Television at the University of Bristol.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages for funding and studentship opportunities.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The programme has been designed to develop skills and knowledge cumulatively, while allowing you the opportunity to tailor your learning to your specific areas of interest. All students take two mandatory core units and four additional optional units as well as completing a dissertation.

Core units:

  • Screen Forms and Analysis
  • Screen Research Methods

Optional units:

Please note, optional units can vary each year.

Across Teaching Blocks 1 and 2, optional units examine different facets of film and television, deepening your knowledge of key areas such as: film theory, film and television histories, contemporary cinema, television forms, national and transnational cinemas, and the aesthetics of film and television. The option of Supervised Individual Study allows you to focus on a research area of your choice, supervised by an academic tutor.

A select number of units are available from other programmes across the Faculty of Arts, including Classics, Film and Television Production, Historical Studies, Modern Languages, Theatre and Music.


The dissertation provides the opportunity for you to to apply the analytical, methodological and intellectual skills that you have developed in the coursework you have undertaken. This is a major piece of independent research that will be supervised by one or more academic advisors. There are three options for the dissertation: a 15,000-word written dissertation; an industrial placement in a film, television or related organisation accompanied by a written element of 7,500 words; or a practice-based dissertation with a written element of 7,500 words.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent). Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered. All applicants will be asked a set of questions as part of their online application.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Students who completed the MA programme in Film and Television Studies went into careers as filmmakers, screenwriters, directors and programme researchers.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 34% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 50% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 15% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 8443 Email:

Faculty of Arts
University of Bristol
7 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB


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