Film and TelevisionFind a programme
|Run by||Faculty of Arts|
|Awards available||PhD, MPhil|
MPhil: One year full-time;
two years part-time
PhD: Three years full-time;
six years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
This research degree is also available via distance learning.
MPhil: a standalone, one-year (full-time) research degree. Students will undertake their own research project, concluding in the submission of a 25,000 word dissertation. Students may have the option to audit units from our taught Masters courses if they are relevant to their research.
PhD: a research project undertaken across three years (full-time, plus a writing up period), culminating in an 80,000 word thesis. As well as having the option to audit taught units, there may be the potential for PhD students to teach units themselves from their second year of study onwards.
The Department of Film and Television offers supervisory expertise in a wide range of subject areas, including classical Hollywood cinema, British cinema, television drama, comedy, animation and documentary.
The department has particular strengths in historical research, audience studies, film theory and aesthetics, and offers the opportunity for practice-based research as well as the traditional written dissertation. Where research proposals span various disciplines, a supervisory team can be assembled across departments and faculties to meet the needs of the project.
Fees for 2020/21
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- UK/EU: part-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2020/21
The University of Bristol is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), which offers studentships. For information on other funding opportunities, please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
MPhil: An upper second-class degree or international equivalent. Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of your readiness to pursue a research degree.
PhD: A master's qualification, or be working towards a master's qualification, or international equivalent. Applicants without a master's qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent). Applicants with a non-traditional background may be considered provided they can demonstrate substantial equivalent and relevant experience that has prepared them to undertake their proposed course of study.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
There is a lively postgraduate community in the department which runs a film club and shares research through regular research events and presentations of current postgraduate research.
The department has a termly programme of research seminars and public talks, and co-leads a regional research group, Screen Research, which organises workshops on topics across film, television and screen media.
This programme is particularly well suited to developing a career in higher education, and for work on high-level research and creative projects in the fields of film and television.
Dr Alex Clayton, (Senior Lecturer), Aesthetics of screen comedy; film criticism and the appreciation of film style; Hollywood cinema; the body in performance; the work of relatively neglected or underappreciated filmmakers; tone, perspective, intention, rhetoric.
Dr Pete Falconer, (Lecturer), Censorship; contemporary Hollywood and other popular cinemas; film genre; film style and aesthetics; film violence; horror; music in film; the forms and genres of popular cinema, primarily in relation to Hollywood; the theory and practice of intertextuality; the Western.
Dr Jimmy Hay, (Lecturer in Film and Television), emotion and film; fiction film; filmmaking
Dr Jacqueline Maingard, (Reader), African cinema (especially South African cinema); colonialism; documentary film theory and practice; issues of identity and the cinema; Third Cinema
Dr Nariman Massoumi, (Lecturer in Film and Television), documentary theory and practice; Iranian film; political filmmaking
Dr Kristian Moen, (Senior Lecturer), animation; experimental cinema; fairy tales and film; fantasy film; intermediality; silent cinema.
Dr Angela Piccini, (Senior Lecturer), Documentary and television studies; material excess, location and networks, creativity and archaeological sensibilities; mediatized achaeological practice and performativity, centring on contemporary achaeologies (in and of the ' present' ); mixed-mode research ; philosophies of time-space.
Dr Helen Piper, (Senior Lecturer), British broadcasting and television drama, including representations of class; British television detective series; dramatic performativity in factual television; memory, nostalgia and cultures of television viewing.
Professor Sarah Street, (Professor), Audiences and film reception; British cinema; film costume and accessories; film preservation and restoration; film star studies; genre and gender studies; histories, aesthetics and economics of colour cinema; Hollywood cinema; set design; silent cinema history.
31 July 2020 for International applicants. 19 Aug 2020 for UK and EU applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline.
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REF 2014 results
- Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts (Drama):
- 34% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 50% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 15% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
- 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.
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