MA Film and Television

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time study requires daytime weekday attendance.
Start date September 2021

Programme overview

This distinctive and exciting programme integrates film-making practice with textual and historical approaches to the study of film and television. As a student on this innovative course, you will engage with critical and theoretical perspectives and develop high-level skills of analysis. You will also have the opportunity to learn the skills of film-making, working intensively in small groups to explore narrative and aesthetic possibilities and gain insights into the craft and industry of screen media. You will encounter a range of different research methods and be supported as you progress to independent learning and individual practice.

The University of Bristol has more than 40 years' experience in this field and the programme draws on the expertise of world-leading scholars, expert practitioners and industry professionals. The Department of Film and Television hosts a series of research seminars and industry talks designed to enrich your studies. Our facilities include two cinemas, production studios, animation and edit suites, seminar rooms and sound rooms.

Bristol is an excellent city in which to study film and television, with its varied cinema, television and digital media spaces, such as the Arnolfini, BBC Bristol, The Cube and Watershed media centre. Bristol's Harbourside is home to an array of film festivals, including the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the Slapstick Festival and the Afrika Eye Festival.

Fees for 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK: full-time
UK: part-time (two years)
Overseas (including EU): 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.

Alumni scholarship

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 2021/22

Funding and studentship opportunities are listed on the Faculty of Arts funding pages.

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

Programme structure

The programme has been designed to develop your skills and knowledge cumulatively, while allowing you the opportunity to tailor your learning to your own areas of interest.

In the first semester, you will be taught the skills and techniques of written formal analysis. You will have the option to learn the core skills of practical film making. These units will provide the foundation for optional units across the year, many of which will incorporate elements of intensive practice alongside more traditional critical and theoretical learning. In the second semester, you will develop an understanding of research approaches within film and television studies, which will provide you with the necessary foundation to progress to the dissertation stage.

Optional units may vary but will draw on departmental expertise and specialisms such as animation, aesthetics, television drama, particular screen histories, directing, cinematography, editing, national cinemas and documentary. You will also be able to choose from a wider range of units available within the Faculty of Arts.

At the dissertation stage you will choose from three options: taking up an industrial placement (for which you will also produce a written element); writing an extended essay on a film and/or television topic of your choice (perhaps about a particular film/television programme or a study of the film/TV industries); or producing a piece of practice either individually or in a team (usually a short film or a film essay) to be accompanied by individual written reflection. All dissertation options will be supervised by one or more academic advisers.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA in Film and Television.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent). Evidence of commitment to the academic study of film and television through methods including criticism, theory, practice and research.

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:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


Graduates of film and television at Bristol have taken up careers as film-makers, programme researchers, senior academics and broadcasting executives.

How to apply
Application deadline: 31 July 2021 for International applicants. 19 August 2021 for UK applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.

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Contact details

For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email:

School website: School of Arts
Department website: Department of Film and Television

International students

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

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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