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MPhil Courses

Centre for Film and Screen


MPhil in Film and Screen Studies


Please see the Applying to MMLL page for information on applications and funding.

MPhil in Film and Screen Studies

The MPhil in Film and Screen Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that offers a firm grounding in the theoretical discourses that shape the academic study of the moving image, but in an expansive context that privileges freedom and originality of inquiry. In the Michaelmas (autumn) term students follow a two-part core course that offers a series of rigorous and innovative encounters with major theoretical and methodological debates. In the Lent (spring) term students take two optional modules. Across these terms students participate in research seminars offered by visiting scholars. In the Easter (summer) term students work closely with supervisors to produce their dissertations. During this term students also enjoy the opportunity to present their research in progress in a professional context. 

Graduates of the MPhil frequently proceed to doctoral study, but also go on to work in the film and media industries, and numerous other fields.

"The Film and Screen Studies MPhil has easily been one of the most exciting challenges of my life. Not only is it a thorough overview of film and screen theory in general, it is an opportunity to really challenge the perceptions one is used to, especially in fields one would call oneself an expert. From ontology to haptic theory, passing through the historical and political implication of the use of film and screen media, there is a plethora of themes (un)covered. My one crucial piece of advice for anyone thinking of applying to the MPhil: don't waste anytime, read as much as possible, dive in head first and remember that for most applicants this is a chance to open your eyes and write about film and visual media for an intense nine months. What more could you ask for in a world-renowned research centre, where you might meet the very academic who inspired you to extend a specific field of cinematic/screen media research?"​ Elizabeth Orrin - Former MPhil Student (2017-18)


Please see Applying and Funding 

To make your online application, visit

If you would like to discuss a possible research proposal for postgraduate study (MPhil or PhD) please contact the Centre's director, John David Rhodes

For general inquiries, including questions regarding the application process and funding possibilities, please contact the Postgraduate Office.


Screenings and Events

Cambridge Film and Screen Studies Research Seminars, 2019-20

3 October 2019

Film and Screen Studies Research Seminar Series Centre for Film and Screen University of Cambridge Michaelmas Term 2019 17 October (Thursday) 5.15pm Chadwick Room, Selwyn College Charles Leavitt (University of Notre Dame) ‘A permanent stain? Race and Sex, Gender and Genre in Luigi Zampa's Campane a Martello ’ This event co...