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Applying: MPhil in Film and Screen Studies

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Applying: MPhil in Film and Screen Studies


Course information

For course information, please see the Film and Screen Studies mini-site. 

Who should apply

Applications for our MPhil courses are welcomed from those who have or expect to obtain a good first degree (at least a high 2.1 or the equivalent).  Applicants with degrees in film or media studies and related disciplines are encouraged to apply, as are students with backgrounds in literary studies, art history, and other areas.

Applicants for the MPhil by Thesis should already have a substantial level of familiarity with the study of film and literary texts in the relevant culture, and who already know the area they wish to research for their thesis. To be eligible for consideration, applicants will need (a) an appropriate level of linguistic and/or cultural expertise and (b) a clear idea of the area in which the thesis will be written. 

If you are not a native English speaker we would expect you to have passed an English Language Proficiency test at the required level. The following examinations with minimum scores are accepted: IELTS 7.5 (with a minimum of 7 in each unit); TOEFL iBT 110 (with at least 25 in each individual element); CAE Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment; CPE Grade A, B or C (with at least 200 in each individual element). 

How to apply & Funding

You can apply online at the Postgraduate Admissions website.  Their site also provides detail on the course structure and content; fee rates; information on the College system; and information regarding the application process.

Please find further information regarding applications and funding on our Applying to MMLL page.

Central University information on funding can be found here, and a link to the University's funding search can be found here.

Supporting documents

Once you have submitted your Applicant Portal application online and paid the application fee, you will later receive an email which will grant you access to your Applicant Self-Service.  At this stage you will be able to upload your supporting documents.

  • Academic transcripts for any degree-level courses you have taken
  • Evidence of your English ability (if you are not a native English speaker)
  • A sample of writing, of approx 3000 words. The sample can be either an academic essay produced during undergraduate studies or a section of a dissertation, and must be a single-authored work in English.  
  • A research proposal, maximum one page.
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV)

Your nominated referees will be sent an automated email when you submit your application, inviting them to upload their references directly to the system.  

Further information on supporting documents can be found on the Postgraduate Admissions website.

Consideration of applications

Applicants who apply for US Gates funding by the October funding deadline may normally expect to receive an admissions decision in December.  All other applicants who apply by the funding deadline in January may normally expect to receive a decision before the end of March, and the majority of offers are made in February and March.  Following the funding deadlines, applications are processed on a rolling basis and applicants may normally expect a decision within 12 weeks following the submission of their completed application and required supporting documents.  Occasionally, applicants may not receive a decision within the normal timeframe due to being placed on a reserve list.  If this is the case then the Faculty will be in touch to let applicants know.  Normally the latest date for decisions to be communicated is the end of June.

Finding a supervisor

Though not compulsory, it is a good idea to try to identify in your application a potential supervisor for your MPhil dissertation by looking at the relevant page on the Centre for Film and Screen website.  You do not have to contact a potential supervisor before applying, but you should feel free to do so. They can sometimes be a source of useful advice about your research topic or about their own availability as a supervisor. 

Further information

Please see the overview of applying section for general information on applying, funding options and deadlines.  

For further course information please see the Film and Screen Studies mini-site.