Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
Two years full-time
Two to three evenings a week at Birkbeck, plus one term each year at a European partner institution
Other entry years for this course2018
This programme, taught at Birkbeck and abroad, offers you a broad-based understanding of how film, television and other screen media have developed and interacted across their varying histories.
It encourages you to explore a wide variety of screen media in historical, sociological, aesthetic and anthropological terms and in a variety of cultural and national contexts, by drawing on the distinct intellectual traditions of our European and North American partners and of your tutors at Birkbeck and the University of London through the intercollegiate module exchange offered by the University of London Screen Studies Group. It also gives you the opportunity to specialise in chosen areas of screen media in order to personalise your MA studies towards specific intellectual interests and future career goals, enhanced by advanced language skills developed during your two semesters abroad at our partner institutions.
This innovative and flexible programme thus uniquely combines Birkbeck strengths and experience in postgraduate teaching with the European and North American excellence offered through our exchange programme with leading universities in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada.
While abroad, your choice of modules will depend on the partner institution you attend. Each university has a specific strength and specialism, which should guide your choice of university as the year abroad aims to help you develop and deepen your particular film and media interests.
You will need to have a good or very good knowledge of at least one European language in order to take advantage of the programme. Some universities offer language instruction for Birkbeck students to improve their language skills.
Our partner institutions
- Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3
- Università degli Studi di Udine
- Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano
- Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
- Université de Liège
- Ruhr Universität Bochum
- Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt
- Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona
- Université Lille 3
- Università degli Studi Roma 3
- University of Amsterdam
- Université de Montréal
- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
- The only such MA in the country that includes an international exchange with a set of prestigious European and North American partners.
- Renowned UK, European and North American tutors teaching their specialist subjects, and invited speakers who are leading figures in all aspects of the film and media field.
- The award-winning Birkbeck Cinema is central to the course. The cinema is equipped with 35mm and state-of-the-art DVD projection.
- The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image programmes conferences, screenings and film-related events of all kinds throughout the academic year.
- The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
- 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.
- Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.
The programme consists of a combination of a core module, a choice of option modules, a research project and a dissertation. The core modules are designed to introduce you to the basic methodologies and issues involved in the area concerned, as well as research skills and methods. Option modules allow you to pursue specific interests and areas of research.
The research project gives you the chance to undertake independent research in the area of contemporary film and media practice and to reflect on research methodologies.
The structure of the European Pathway is as follows:
- Term 1 (at Birkbeck) - core module Media Technologies and Culture (30 credits) + first option module (30 credits)
- Term 2 (abroad at the first partner institution) - option modules (30 credits)
- Term 3 (abroad at the first partner institution) - research project (30 credits).
- Term 1 (abroad at the second partner institution) - option modules (30 credits)
- Term 2 (at Birkbeck) - second option module (30 credits)
- Term 3 (at Birkbeck) - dissertation (60 credits).
To find out more, read our programme handbook.
Indicative option modules
- Artists' Film: the museum, the gallery and beyond
- Audio-Visual Histories of Cinema
- British Cinema and Television 1960-85
- Contemporary American Cinema
- Cultural Memory - Memory Cultures
- Curating Film, Sharing Passions
- Film Festivals
- Shaping Contemporary Film Culture B: Themes in Film Festivals
- Shaping Contemporary Film Culture A: The Essay Film and the Archive
- Theoretical Perspectives on Media
You will also have the option to take an intercollegiate module offered at another college of the University of London through the Screen Studies Group.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
Good honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. humanities, modern languages or social sciences).
Knowledge of at least 1 other European language at a level to allow you to follow postgraduate-level courses at our European partner institutions.
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.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Fees and finance
We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
FeesFull-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa
As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provide advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits.
On this programme, you will also have to pay for the following additional costs:
The trip to a film festival is an optional element of this programme. If you choose to undertake this module, it will cost approximately £120 for accreditation, plus additional expenses for transport and accommodation.
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
Lectures, seminars, screenings, field trips and events.
During your year at Birkbeck, you will be assessed by essay assignments of approximately 5000 words each, a research report and a dissertation of 15,000 words, due in September of the final year.
During your year abroad, the assessment will depend on the institution you attend. In most cases, the assessment will be a mixture of essays and examinations.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
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 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.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.
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.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
This programme has rolling admissions, but we encourage early applications.
Applicants who satisfy the entry criteria will be invited to attend an interview with the admissions tutors. International applicants can be interviewed by telephone or Skype.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Accommodation and living costs
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Financial support and postgraduate loans
Birkbeck offers advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay loans by interest-free direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students. Find out about the support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
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