• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2015
  • Duration:

    2 years part-time or 1 year full-time

  • Attendance:

    2 evenings a week part-time; 2-3 evenings a week full-time.

    October to July

  • Location:

    Central London

Programme overview

This programme, available in both part-time and full-time study modes, offers you a broad-based understanding of how film, television and other screen media have developed and interacted across their varying histories. It also gives you the opportunity to specialise in chosen areas of those media histories, in order to personalise your MA studies towards specific intellectual interests and future career hopes. The programme is unique in the way that it combines rigorous academic study with creative and practical opportunities, the latter offered both within certain option modules and via the 2-month work placement.

    This intermixing of the academic and the practical also enables you to take your interests further, either into further postgraduate study, towards a career in teaching or into possible work opportunities in many areas of the media industries.

    Find out more about why you should choose Birkbeck and about studying with us.

    How to apply

    In addition to an online application, you will need to submit a short written exercise.

    Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.

    Application deadlines and interviews

    Early application recommended, but later applications also considered.

    Interviews March to September.

    Online application

    Film, Television and Screen Media (MA) (Part-time)

    Film, Television and Screen Media (MA) (Full-time)

    Why study this course at Birkbeck?

    • Teaching and supervision, in historic buildings in central London that dramatically house an award-winning film centre with its 70-seater cinema, are delivered by leading film and media academics such as Drs Mike Allen, Dorota Ostrowska, Janet McCabe, Michael Temple and Emma Sandon. Professors Laura Mulvey and Ian Christie are also integrally involved throughout the programme, contributing keynote lectures and providing coursework supervision. The research expertise of the teaching staff in cinema history, film aesthetics, television industry and form, and contemporary and future new media opportunities inform every aspect of the programme.
    • We are located in central London, in the heart of historic Bloomsbury, within easy reach of its world-famous social and cultural scene (cinemas, theatres, restaurants and clubs) and academic facilities (the British Film Institute, British Library and other research facilities, University of London colleges etc).
    • Ideal if you have already studied film and/or visual media at undergraduate level or would like to enter the field from another academic or professional area.
    • Option of a work placement within a media company or institution.
    • Core teaching is supplemented by invited talks given by leading international academics and industry professionals, both in order to widen the intellectual framework of the programme and to enable further productive interaction between academia and industry.
    • The purpose-built Centre for Film and Visual Media Research in Gordon Square houses teaching facilities and research projects that follow on from the AHRC Centre which Birkbeck co-ordinated in 2000-2005, and offers exceptional screening and reference opportunities.
    • The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image was founded in 2012 to coordinate research in film and media across the College.
    • In addition to the Birkbeck Library, you will have easy access to the nearby University of London Library, the British Film Institute and the British Library, as well as other specialist collections and institutions in central London. You will be encouraged to attend other lectures and screenings of interest organised by various research centres at Birkbeck and the University of London.
    • We attract a rich programme of visiting scholars and practitioners. There is a self-access centre for audio-visual materials and we have well-equipped computer facilities, including a multimedia laboratory.
    • Find out more about our research resources as well as our specialist resources and collections including the London Screen Study Collection.
    • Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.

    Course structure

    The programme consists of a core module, a choice of option modules, a research project or placement and a dissertation.

      The core module is designed to introduce you to the basic methodologies and issues involved in the area concerned, as well as research skills and methods.

      Option modules and the research project allow you to pursue specific interests and areas of research. The placement, should you wish to pursue this alternative to the research project, offers the opportunity for direct industry experience.

      Core module

      Indicative option modules

      A unique feature of the programme is the placement, which offers you the experience of working in a prominent media company or institution. Alternatively, the research project gives you the chance to undertake independent research and reflect on research methodologies. You will complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation.

      Entry requirements

      Good honours degree in a relevant subject.

      International entry requirements

      If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

      Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.


      Part-time home/EU students: £ 3475 pa
      Full-time home/EU students: £ 6950 pa
      Part-time overseas students: £ 6650 pa
      Full-time overseas students: £ 12975 pa

      Payment and Fees Discounts

      Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

      Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

      Funding and Financial Support

      Finishing your undergraduate degree this year? Current Birkbeck students are eligible for a £10,000 scholarship to fund a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015-2016.

      The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.

      Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

      Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

      Careers and employability

      Graduates go in to careers in film and television companies, museums and galleries, arts administration, and education. Possible professions include arts administrator, museum or gallery curator, or teacher. This degree may also be useful in becoming a programme researcher or television/film/video producer.

      Find out more about these professions.

      Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

      We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

      Teaching and assessment


      Lectures, screenings and seminars. Some modules include organised visits to archives and collections.


      3 coursework essays and a placement research report of approximately 5000 words each, and a dissertation of 15,000 words, due in September of the final year.

      Our research

      Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

      Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent.

      Read about Birkbeck research that enriches our experience and understanding of our shared history, culture and art.

      Learning resources

        Further study opportunities

        If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Film and Screen Media.