Film and Screen Media (European Pathway) (MA)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


Two years full-time


Two to three evenings a week at Birkbeck, plus one term each year at a European partner institution

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

The programme has two other pathways: MA Film and Screen Media and MA Film and Screen Media with Film Programming and Curating.

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Course structure

The programme consists of a combination of a compulsory module, a choice of option modules, a research project and a dissertation. The compulsory 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 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:

Year 1

  • Term 1 (at Birkbeck) - compulsory module Screen Media: History, Technology 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).

Year 2

  • 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.

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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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