Film, Television and Screen Media (MA)

Year of Entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved


2 years part-time or 1 year full-time, October to July


1-2 evenings a week part-time; 2-3 evenings a week full-time

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 two-month work placement.

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

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    Why study this course at Birkbeck?

    • Teaching and supervision are delivered by leading film and media academics such as Drs Mike Allen, Janet McCabe, Andrew Asibong, Silke Arnold-de Simine, Dorota Ostrowska, Emma SandonMichael Temple, and Professors Laura Mulvey and Ian Christie. 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.
    • Core teaching is supplemented by talks from leading international academics and industry professionals, widening the intellectual framework of the programme and enabling further productive interaction between academia and industry.
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    Course structure

    The programme consists of the core module Media Technologies and Culture, 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. The option modules allow you to pursue specific interests and areas of research.

      A unique feature of the programme is the placement, which offers you the experience of working in a prominent media company or institution. Alternatively you can complete a research project which gives you the chance to undertake independent research and reflect on research methodologies.

      You will complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation.

      To find out more, read our programme handbook.


      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.

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