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MA Film and Media

Critically engage with and research film and media, using methodologies from the humanities and social sciences, while tailoring your studies to reflect your personal interests in film, contemporary media and popular culture.

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      Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Film, Media and Television
      Location: Edge Hill University

      This MA in Film and Media allows you to develop your critical and theoretical understanding of film and media through a range of approaches to the disciplines. You will acquire specialist subject knowledge, experience of advanced study, the practical skills necessary to undertake advanced research, and training in transferable research skills and methodologies.

      Initially you will develop your research skills by studying the critical, theoretical and methodological approaches to film and media before selecting elective modules to tailor the programme to your own requirements. The programme culminates in the production of a written dissertation.

      If you have interests in film, contemporary media and popular culture and/or if you wish to pursue a research-based higher degree in this subject area in the future then this is the programme for you.

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      • Jake Thompson

        Jake Thompson

        MA Film and Media
        The course is very flexible and allows you to tailor research projects. I’m passionate about the music industry, and wrote my dissertation on the influence of digitalisation on traditional music industry gatekeepers.
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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      The programme begins with two compulsory modules which interrogate key film studies, media theories and methodologies across the twentieth century. The modules also include integrated research training and are designed to help contextualise your own research.

      On completion of these two compulsory modules you will select a number of optional modules to develop new skills and tailor the MA to your own specific expertise. Elective module themes include transnational media, European cinema, the culture industry, the creative economy, screen genres, and the relationship between media, culture and identities.

      Full-time students will complete taught modules at the end of the second semester and work on a compulsory dissertation/project over the summer, building on the skills and knowledge you have already acquired. If you opt to study the MA on a part-time basis, you will study the taught modules over two years and complete the compulsory dissertation/project at the end of Year 2.

      How will I 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 will I 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 me?

      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.


      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.


      You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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.


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      Compulsory modules:

      MDM4021Dissertation Project (60 credits)

      Dissertation Project allows you to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the field of media by means of a sustained, rigorous, critical and systematic piece of independent academic research. This will be either in the form of a traditional dissertation, industry research dissertation or practice-as-research project on a defined relevant topic of your choice. You will acquire the confidence to appropriate, critique and expand existing theories, analysis and methodologies and present the results of your original findings to a larger academic (and, where appropriate, industry-related) audience.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MDM4019Film and Media Theory and Analysis (20 credits)

      Film and Media Theory and Analysis critically examines key film and media theories and debates and modes of analysis that have informed the fields. Your contextual awareness will be deepened as you develop a critical repertoire of specialised theory and advanced analytical skills required at Master’s level. The module will allow you to further develop a range of research approaches and tools for conducting research activity at this level. Importantly, the inherent interconnection between theory, approaches and methodologies will also be highlighted.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MDM4018Researching Media and Culture (20 credits)

      Researching Media and Culture introduces you to key research methods in the media, film and cultural studies and to practical issues in carrying out research. The module will explore a range of approaches to researching people, researching texts, and researching institutions and industries. You will develop an understanding of research and how to carry it out successfully. You will also begin to prepare for your through working on your dissertation proposal and reworking ideas and material in different ways, including as a formal written proposal and as a presentation.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select four of the following optional modules:

      MDM4025Cinema, History and National Identity (20 credits)

      Cinema, History and National Identity explores the construction and affirmation of national identity as found in filmic representations of a nation’s history. A case study of a specific historical period or crisis, such as a time of war, will draw upon a genre-based methodology to discover the tension that exists between cinema conventions and the requirements of a national mythology. Thus, the module aims to investigate and evaluate cinema’s myths of ancestry and the mediation of history through film. It will also introduce you to the practical skills of concentrated research in the location and interrogation of research sources.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MED4004Deconstructing Liverpool (20 credits)

      Deconstructing Liverpool focuses on the cultural representation of Liverpool and the surrounding city region in popular culture, from film, television and music to novels and art. The module will explore how Liverpool has featured in popular culture and how a regional identity has been constructed through its cultural representations. You will assess how we can read and create against preconceived images and ideas in relation to the place and people of the contemporary Liverpool city region, as well as how can we apply our knowledge of cultural theory and organisations to gain an understanding of the creative economy of Liverpool city region today. The module will enhance your skills in critical analysis and close reading, while providing supplementary augmentation to the work-based experience of operating within a regional cultural organisation.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

      MDM4007European Cinema (20 credits)

      European Cinema examines the history of European cinema, including British cinema, and its role within World cinema as a whole, especially its relationship to American commercial cinema. The module will focus on the significant movements and new waves that have contributed to the evolution of European cinema from the early twentieth century, as well as the discourses and debates that have continued to shape it. Additionally, you will explore the contemporary film production landscape and the contemporary and future health and vitality of cinema on the continent.

      Assessment: Coursework: 75%, Practical(s): 25%.

      MDM4020Media and Creative Industries (20 credits)

      Media and Creative Industries will describe and analyse the changing economic forces which direct and constrain the choices of managers in various sub sectors of the media and creative industries. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of economic and policy concepts and issues in the context of the media and creative industries. You will gain an understanding of contemporary media contexts – industrial, political, scholarly and practical – and develop the related autonomous research skills and professional practices. The module will examine television, film, music, print and online digital industries.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MDM4026Media, Culture and Identities (20 credits)

      Media, Culture and Identities examines the representation of identity on screen and in the media. The focus of the module includes issues such as gender, heterosexual romance, lesbian, gay and queer identity, sexuality and desire, race and ethnicity and other identities. Discussion of these subjects will be situated within the wider social, cultural and historical contexts.

      Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

      MDM4023Reading New Asian Cinemas (20 credits)

      Reading New Asian Cinemas examines and interrogates the plethora of successive new wave cinemas in Asian countries throughout the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and beyond. It will explore the myriad ways that new cinemas in Japan, India, Mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and others have variously engaged with, elucidated or challenged the national and cinematic context in which they were produced. The module will also examine how these cinemas have entered into a discursive dialogue with other cinemas and have represented and/or problematised the perceived discrepancy between popular and art cinema.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MDM4024Screen Genres (20 credits)

      Screen Genres critically interrogates the history, context and conventions of a specific genre on film and/or television. The genre will be studied in relation to appropriate socio-historical, ideological, national and industrial contexts. In addition, the module will employ appropriate genre theory alongside a range of theoretical and historical perspectives to establish an understanding of the evolution of a particular genre and how it can be approached critically.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MED4001The Culture Industry (20 credits)

      The Culture Industry takes a deep theoretical and historical dive into the production of culture. The module draws on the texts of the modern philosophical and critical tradition and places them in the context of international creative enterprise. It will examine the origins of culture as a concept, the relationship between culture and the economy, how different societies produce culture, and how we account for the politics of culture and culture wars. You will have the opportunity to consider the tools we have to understand the meaning of culture today, as well as the significance of ‘heritage’ and the role of history in the contemporary culture industry.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MDM4006Transnational Media (20 credits)

      Transnational Media examines some of the implications of the production and consumption of media and investigate how media are used by, and reflect, the increasing transnational experiences of audiences. It approaches the topic of globalisation from two distinct but complementary perspectives: one focused on the workings and assimilation processes of the cultural industries and one interested in issues of identities and influenced by cultural studies.

      Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

      MED4002Working in the International Creative Economy (20 credits)

      Working in the International Creative Economy provides a practitioner-led account of the practical concerns of cultural institutions. The module will be taught by leading figures in the North West creative economy. It will examine the priorities for cultural policy in the UK and explore how leaders of cultural organisations balance the competing concerns of government, funders, the public, and cultural necessity. You will consider how best to understand the problem of access and audiences for cultural institutions, while also reflecting on the role of entrepreneurship in the creative economy. With input from industry professionals, the module will provide you with first-hand experience of organisational issues and policy debates in the creative economy in a variety of cultural and institutional settings.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

      Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      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.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      Once you graduate, you will be equipped with a highly desirable portfolio of transferable skills that will ensure you are well prepared for a wide range of career options. Graduates may progress on to an extensive variety of potential careers in the creative arts sector. These may include arts organisation and management in areas such as festivals and cultural events, journalism, libraries, curating and archiving, management/administration or teaching (further training required).

      Alternatively, the skills and experience acquired through successful completion of this MA also provide essential preparation for progressing to research qualifications, such as an MPhil or PhD.


      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for full-time study on this MA are £7,000 for UK students and £13,500 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23.

      Tuition fees for part-time study on this MA are £39 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23. This is equivalent to £780 per 20 credit module.

      180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.

      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.

      Financial Support

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at

      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). Please see for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at


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      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      14th April 2022 - New Modules Added

      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.

      22nd January 2021 - Change of Modules

      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.

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