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
Application deadlines and interviews
Early application recommended, but later applications also considered.
Interviews March to September.
Film, Television and Screen Media (MA) (Part-time)
Film, Television and Screen Media (MA) (Full-time)
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.
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.
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: £
paFull-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
paFull-time overseas students: £
Payment and Fees Discounts
Funding and Financial Support
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.