M.Litt. Film & Television Studies

University of Glasgow

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Key facts

·MLitt: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

·Contact: Dr Tim Barker: timothy.barker@glasgow.ac.uk

Why Glasgow

·You will be studying in Glasgow, one of the leading media cities in the UK, and be based at our Gilmorehill Centre, with its own cinema as well as extensive collection of video, DVD and digital resources.

·The Gilmorehill Centre is home to the international journal Screenand hosts the annual Screen conference every summer, attracting leading names in film and television studies from across the world. You will have the opportunity to participate in the conference as well as to engage with guest speakers from the academy and media industries throughout the year.

·The Masters is designed for those with some background in film, television, media or communication studies (or related fields) who are contemplating, or developing, a career in media research or criticism. It is particularly relevant as preparation for further postgraduate research in film and television.

Programme Structure

The MLitt has three components:

A Core Course

Taught from September-March, which introduces the breadth of film and television studies as a discipline whilst developing core research skills. It is taught by staff working within the programme, giving you access to our wide range of expertise and approaches.

Three optional courses, selected from:

·a range of bespoke courses drawing on the research specialisms of the subject team. Recent options have included Critical theories of digital media; Documentary in film and television; History of critical writing on film and television; Multistrand narratives in the fiction film; Film and movement; Ethnicity and identity.

·courses which are offered as part of the MSc in Media Management (Media economics, Media and cultural policy, Issues in audience management)

·and you may choose one course from our undergraduate programme which cover a range of national and transnational cinemas (Scotland in film and television; New German cinema; Asian cinemas; Australian film and television; American independent cinema), periods (Interwar cinemas; Hollywood in the 1990s), genres (Childrens television; Contemporary television drama), approaches (Studies in authorship; Feminist film theory) and themes (Television, memory & the archive; Screen audiences; Screen violence; Sound in film & television; Studies in authorship).


A 15,000 word dissertation (May-September) on an aspect of film and/or television of your choosing, under the supervision of a dedicated member of staff.


The MLitt in Film & Television Studies at the University of Glasgow is a well-established programme taught in Scotlands media capital. We have an excellent reputation for both teaching and research making this the ideal location for postgraduate study. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Film & Television Studies at Glasgow was ranked top of all courses in the UK in our discipline, with a student approval rating of 98%. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, Glasgows Theatre, Film & Television Studies Department was ranked as one of the top five in our field in the UK, with 85% of our research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent.

The MLitt in Film & Television Studies is aimed at students with some background in film, television, media or communication studies contemplating or developing - a career in media research, criticism or administration, and is particularly relevant as preparation for further postgraduate research in film and television. This programme is designed to give you a wide-ranging knowledge of Film & Television Studies as a discipline, building core skills in relevant research methodologies and providing opportunities to develop specialist knowledge of selected areas of interest. It is also designed to help you develop research, writing and professional skills which will be transferrable to doctoral study or employment. As such, we employ a range of assessment strategies - including detailed textual analysis, group presentations, literature reviews and extended research essays. In the final part of the programme, you will formulate and carry out a substantial piece of research on a topic of your choice within Film & Television Studies, under the expert supervision of an assigned member of academic staff.

The programme is taught in the Gilmorehill Centre which offers its own cinema where you will gather every week for the screenings which are a core part of the curriculum as well as a Resources Room where you can access our Media Archive which has more than 6000 holdings, complementing the Librarys extensive collection of Film & Television books and periodicals. The building is the centre of a lively postgraduate culture in the related areas of Film & Television Studies, Theatre and the Centre for Cultural Policy Research. We have around 100 postgraduate students: this includes students on our taught courses (Film & Television Studies; Film Journalism; Media Management; Playwriting and Dramaturgy; and, new for 2012, ) as well as our research students, whose diverse interests range from film festivals, to national and transnational cinemas, film stars, and media audiences. We have a number of research students funded under the Arts and Humanities Research Councils Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme who are working alongside organisations including BBC Scotland, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Glasgow Film Theatre. Postgraduates organise many events through the year, including screenings, reading groups, social events and the annual postgraduate student symposium.

The Gilmorehill Centre is also home to the international journal Screenand the annual Screen conference is held here every summer, attracting leading names in Film & Television Studies from across the world. Students have the opportunity to participate in the conference as well as to engage with guest speakers from the academy and media industries throughout the year in our research seminar programme.

Career Prospects

The programme provides an excellent foundation for an academic career in this field and we provide support and guidance on PhD applications and funding opportunities if you are considering this path.

As an MLitt student, you will have plenty of opportunity to meet and work with our PhD students for example, through the annual postgraduate conference and find out about the range of research projects in which they are involved: from AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Projects with industry partners (BBC Scotland, the Glasgow Film Festival), to personally-conceived projects on filmmakers, genres, periods, or themes within film and television studies.

While the MLitt is a good training for PhD study, graduates go on to a range of careers in the media and creative industries including film education, festival management and programming, and arts administration as well as to research roles in television, academia, or the public sector.


The programme is made up of three equally-weighted components

·The Core Course (60 credits): taught from September to March

·Optional Courses (3 x 20 credits): full-time students usually study one topic course in semester one, and two in semester two

·Dissertation: written during the final phase of the course, from May to September

Core Course

Our core course offers the opportunity to provide an engagement with the breadth of Film & Television Studies as a discipline whilst developing core research skills. As such, it is taught by all staff working within Film & Television Studies, giving you access to our wide range of expertise and approaches to our discipline. The course is structured around four main blocks: textual analysis of film and television; theoretical debates; current research; and best practice in our field. Each block has a different mode of assessment textual analysis; literature review; group presentation of a research proposal; critical essay allowing you to develop your research and presentational skills in a variety of contexts. Teaching takes the form of a weekly screening and seminar.

Optional courses

The optional courses on offer vary from year-to-year as they offer an opportunity to engage with staff research specialisms. For 2012-13 these will likely be:

·The History of Critical Writing on Film & Television

·Multistrand Narratives in Fiction Film and Television

·Digital Media


Students with a particular interest in media industries may choose one or more of the following options offered as part of theMSc in Media Management:

·Media Economics

·Media and Cultural Policy

·Issues in Audience Management

Finally, you may choose one course either from another relatedMasters programme, or from ourundergraduate programme. Our undergraduate options also vary from year to year but offer the opportunity to engage with:

·genres (e.g. Amateur Cinema, Childrens Television, Contemporary Television Drama, Documentary Film & Television, Animation)

·periods (e.g. Interwar Cinemas, Hollywood in the 1970s)

·topics (e.g. Screen Audiences, Feminist Film Theory, Cinematic Journeys)

·or national/transnational cinemas (e.g. Asian Cinemas, Australia in Film & Television, Scotland in Film & Television, Italian Cinema, New German Cinema)

Assessment of optional courses will vary depending on the learning objectives of the course but may include: academic essays; reports; research proposals; detailed sequence analysis; group projects and presentations.

DissertationThe dissertation is your opportunity to explore your own specialist interest in Film & Television Studies and to demonstrate the research and writing skills you have developed during the course. With the advice of your supervisor you will develop a topic, undertake research, and write a 15,000 word dissertation which you will submit in September. Recent dissertation projects have included:

·The Queer Irish Man: Masculinity, Nationalism and Irish Queer Cinema

·From Stage to Screen: The Comedy Performers Journey (focusing on Chris Rock)

·Gender, Genre and Adaptation: A Case Study of True Blood

·Cinema Culture in Post-War Glasgow, 1945-55

·What do you mean by Korean Cinema?: The Problem of Distributing a National Cinema

·Giallo and Gender: Beyond Argento


Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

Further information regarding academic entry requirements:student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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