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Centre for Film and Screen




Cambridge offers the opportunity to pursue doctoral study in a specifically designated programme in Film and Screen Studies. Students on the programme join the active and varied film and screen studies research culture at Cambridge and participate in our annual research seminar series.

Opportunities to teach on undergraduate film studies papers are made available to PhD students who also take leading roles in organising research events, including an annual Film and Screen Studies postgraduate conference. Details of the Centre's current research students can be found here.

"The Centre for Film and Screen offers an exciting, supportive and genuinely interdisciplinary environment in which to undertake doctoral study. In recent years, the Centre as hosted a range of prominent academic speakers, as well as filmmakers such as Michael Haneke, Lucrecia Martel and Gianfranco Rosi. The libraries of the University are very well stocked and many Colleges offer additional funds and resources to facilitate research. Teaching opportunities are also varied, ranging from one-to-one tuition to group supervisions and seminars. Taking into account a range of factors—the intimacy of College life, the broader research culture, as well as the close proximity to London—Cambridge strikes the perfect balance for a PhD student. Above all else, however, it is the dedication of the faculty that has made my own experience here one of both personal and academic fulfillment." - Jules O'Dwyer - Current PhD student in the Centre for Film and Screen

For full information regarding the application process and funding opportunities, please see:

If you would like to discuss a possible research proposal for PhD study, please contact the Centre's Postgraduate Teaching and Examining Officer, Dr Laura McMahon on   You should have a developed project in mind before contacting us. At minimum please include an abstract of no fewer than 500 words and an indicative bibliography of approximately 10-20 research sources with your first email.

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


Please see Applying and Funding.