Film and Media MA
Fascinated by media that transcends borders? Interested in the relationship between media, culture and identities? Studying our fantastically flexible MA Film and Media degree you’ll critically engage with film and media using methodologies from the humanities and social sciences.
Our MA Film and Media allows you to tailor your studies to your own areas of interest in film, contemporary media and popular culture. Perhaps you’ll choose to focus on European cinema and its relationship to American commercial cinema. Or maybe you’ll explore the new wave of Asian cinema.
You’ll develop your research skills throughout the programme and gain the confidence to critique and expand existing theories, analyses and methodologies. And you’ll produce a piece of independent academic research. This could take the form of a traditional dissertation or an industry research project.
This programme engages with a multitude of creative industries and media facets – policy, industry, content and audiences. You’ll get a good understanding of how a media product is generated, circulated and consumed.
What you'll study
You’ll start this postgraduate film and media course with two compulsory modules which examine key film and media theories and methodologies across the 20th century. They include integrated research training to help you contextualise your own research.
You’ll go on to choose a number of optional modules to tailor the course to your interests. You might focus on media and the creative industries, which includes television, film, music, print and online digital industries. Or you might look at the history, context and conventions of a specific genre in film or television.
If you’re studying part-time, you’ll complete the taught modules over two years, delivering your dissertation at the end of Year 2.
Compulsory modules:Expand all
Module code: MDM4021
Film and Media Theory and Analysis
Module code: MDM4019
Researching Media and Culture
Module code: MDM4018
Four of:Expand all
Cinema, History and National Identity
Module code: MDM4025
Module code: MED4004
Module code: MDM4007
Media and Creative Industries
Module code: MDM4020
Media, Culture and Identities
Module code: MDM4026
Reading New Asian Cinemas
Module code: MDM4023
Module code: MDM4024
The Culture Industry
Module code: MED4001
Module code: MDM4006
Working in the International Creative Economy
Module code: MED4002
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
The taught programme involves lectures, seminars, tutorials and case study work. Formal teaching will be augmented, where appropriate, by guest speakers.
While working on your project/dissertation during the summer you will meet with your supervisor for regular one-to-one meetings.
How you'll be assessed
You will be assessed through a variety of methods, from the traditional academic essay to reports, research portfolios and projects. To a large extent, your choice of research topic will determine the type of assessment employed.
Who will be teaching you
You will be based in the Department of Creative Arts and will be taught by experts in their respective fields. Staff within the department are active, internationally recognised researchers in a broad range of subjects. These include film and television studies, cultural industries, critical animal studies, sound, fandom, social media, diasporas, race and racism, adaptation and identities.
Staff research activities include international conferences, funded research projects, monographs, book chapters and contributions to journals such as Screen, Journal of Popular Television, Studies in European Cinema, The New Soundtrack, Journal of Language and Politics, Critical Studies in Television and Science Fiction Studies. There is a vibrant research culture within the department with a regular programme of visiting speakers, professors and industry professionals.
You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
There is an online application process for this course.
Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.
Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
Did you know?
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
Film and Media students are based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17million building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for the Department of Creative Arts.
Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, photographic studio, radio studio and multimedia laboratory.
The building also features a lecture theatre, seminar rooms, IT facilities and smaller tutorial spaces, as well as social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.
Where you'll study
for the course
£39 per credit
for 180 credits
for the course
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
You’ll leave our MA Film and Media course with a whole host of transferable skills, preparing you for a wide range of career options.
What can you do with a film and media degree? Our graduates could apply their skills to rewarding careers in the creative arts sector, including:
- arts organisation and management
- festival and cultural events organisation
You could also go on to further study with an MPhil or PhD, or go into teaching.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Track changes to this course
New Modules Added - 20 April 2022
MED4001 The Culture Industry (20 credits), MED4002 Working in the International Creative Economy (20 credits) and MED4004 Deconstructing Liverpool (20 credits) added as optional modules.
Change of Modules - 22 January 2021
BUS4541 Success in the Digital Economy (20 credits), HUM4019 Re-making the Nation: Propaganda, Culture and Identity in the Second World War (20 credits), HUM4021 The Modern Prison (20 credits), HUM4033 Rhythm and Colour: Literature, Jazz and Art (20 credits), HUM4034 Love Actually? Love, Literature and Popular Culture (20 credits), HUM4039 Colonial to Global: Narratives of Imperialism (20 credits), HUM4040 Real Men, New Men and Lover Men: Masculinities in Twentieth-Century Narratives (20 credits), HUM4041 Transgressive Women (20 credits), HUM4042 Revenge in Theory and Practice (20 credits), HUM4047 Cultures of Memory (20 credits) and HUM4048 Print and the People: 1850-1900 (20 credits) removed as optional modules.