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Centre for Film and Screen



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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 from their second year onwards. Students also take leading roles in organising research events, including an annual Film and Screen Studies postgraduate conference. Read more about the Centre's current research students.

"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 - former PhD student in the Centre for Film and Screen

For full information regarding the application process and funding opportunities, please read about PhD Study at MMLL.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss a possible research proposal for PhD study, please contact a potential supervisor or the Postgraduate Teaching and Examinations Officer in Film and Screen Studies, 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.
Please try to avoid sending your proposal to more than one colleague in Cambridge Film and Screen at the same time. If you have already sent your proposal to a colleague, please state this in messages to any other colleagues.
For general inquiries, including questions regarding the application process and funding possibilities, please contact the Postgraduate Office.


Please see Applying and Funding.