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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 2021
    Subjects: Media
    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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    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 may include transnational media, European cinema, 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 primarily in the Department of Media and will be taught by experts in their respective fields. There is a vibrant research culture within the department with a regular programme of visiting speakers, professors and industry professionals.

    A Great Study Environment

    A student stands by a whiteboard while talking with four of his peers.Film and Media students are based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17m 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. Our innovative resources are designed to ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Dedicated support in the use of all creative media facilities is available through our Media Development Team.


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    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%.

    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%.

    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%.

    You will select four of the following modules. Please note, the modules provisionally being offered for the following academic year are typically determined in the Spring prior to a September intake. If you wish to enquire whether particular modules will be available in a specific academic year, please contact the programme leader.

    BUS4531Success in the Digital Economy (20 credits)

    Success in the Digital Economy questions what determines success and failure in the digital economy. The internet has changed business and society and a new economy of creativity, opportunity, connectivity and content has been created. This module considers this ‘digital economy’, the key concepts underpinning commercial activities, the technologies that are employed, and the implications for entrepreneurs striving for success. The module makes extensive use of case-studies to highlight the victors and victims as a way of understanding key theoretical concepts. You are asked to investigate and assess the potential of real world start-ups and to try to convince other students to become (virtual) investors in a business.

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

    HUM4019Re-making the Nation: Propaganda, Culture and Identity in the Second World War (20 credits)

    Re-making the Nation: Propaganda, Culture and Identity in the Second World War explores the idea that British identity was re-modelled as a consequence of the Second World War. The module will examine the idea that the need to mobilise the entire population for the war effort, and the incorporation of a wide range of forms of cultural production into the propaganda effort, had the effect of drastically altering notions of Britishness. In this respect, the war might be seen as a transition between the more visibly hierarchical and economically laissez-faire 1930s, and the Welfare State of the post-war world.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    HUM4021The Modern Prison (20 credits)

    The Modern Prison subjects one of the most iconic institutions in modern society to critical scrutiny. The module will investigate the location of the prison within public imagination and language, government policy, and the experience of those subject to incarceration. Important historical events and shifts in government policy will be examined as well as their impact upon the public conscience. In many respects, the prison has remained embedded in the past but both social science and science fiction have considered how the prison of the future may be constructed, including its location, administration and the treatment of its detainees.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    HUM4033Rhythm and Colour: Literature, Jazz and Art (20 credits)

    Rhythm and Colour: Literature, Jazz and Art studies a range of American poetry and prose from the post-World War II period as informed by their relationship to jazz music and emerging art forms. The module will study influences of jazz music on the work of poets such as the Beats, of art practice upon writers such as Frank O’Hara, and will feature artists such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. No prior knowledge of music or art is required. The module will focus upon the turn in American culture to abstraction, expression and freer literary forms.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    HUM4034Love Actually? Love, Literature and Popular Culture (20 credits)

    Love Actually? Love, Literature and Popular Culture explores representations of romantic and/ or sexual love in texts written, or set, in Anglo-American culture from 1800 to now. The module synthesises high and low-brow primary sources, reading them in the context of key critical and cultural theorisations of love, bringing together narratives of desire in three key contexts: falling in love, staying in love, and love after love.

    Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

    HUM4039Colonial to Global: Narratives of Imperialism (20 credits)

    Colonial to Global: Narratives of Imperialism examines the notion of old and new imperialisms by exploring fictional narratives from the colonial era, the postcolonial period and the contemporary period of globalisation. While such narratives are widely produced and disseminated imaginatively through literature and film, they also interact with and, indeed, are often reinforced by, archival material and the theoretical framings of imperial gestures. The module assesses a range of canonical and contemporary literary texts, supported by appropriate film screenings, in terms of both aesthetic value and of cultural and political dialogue.

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

    HUM4040Real Men, New Men and Lover Men: Masculinities in Twentieth-Century Narratives (20 credits)

    Real Men, New Men and Lover Men: Masculinities in Twentieth-Century Narratives examines a range of twentieth-century texts (literature, film, TV and theatre) that explore representations of masculinity and male identity in relationship to current gender theory. In order to provide you with an understanding of contemporary male subjectivity, the module will focus on a variety of manifestations of masculinity, such as working-class masculinities, queer masculinities, the new man or the new lad. The module will trace these variable and diverse forms of masculinity within their historical and cultural contexts.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    HUM4041Transgressive Women (20 credits)

    Transgressive Women explores mediated representations of transgressive women, figures both historical and fictional who have flouted gender conventions, broken patriarchal rules and been subject to both vitriol and fear. It is a predominantly cultural study, drawing upon established concepts and contemporary research across the Humanities. Images, narratives and myths of dangerous and transgressive women are analysed and interrogated for their functions in patriarchy and in feminism, both as spectacular objects and active subjects.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    HUM4042Revenge in Theory and Practice (20 credits)

    Revenge in Theory and Practice reflects on how our culture is saturated by stories of revenge, acts of violent retaliation, and those who commit them. This module gives you an opportunity to study major revenge texts in their historical contexts and to develop theoretical and ideological perspectives for their interpretation. Our critical discussions will trace a line of uneven development from ancient, through modern, to postmodern literature and culture, via key moments of disruption in the Renaissance and Romantic periods. We will include contemporary popular genres as well as canonical literature. The assessment strategy allows you to specialise in any relevant text(s), themes, or sub-genres of your choice.

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

    HUM4047Cultures of Memory (20 credits)

    Cultures of Memory explores the differing constructions of first-hand memory, second-generation postmemory, and cultural or collective memory in twentieth- and twenty-first-century narratives dealing with personal and/or collective trauma. The module reads memoirs, second-generation accounts, literary and artistic representations and historical interpretations within a theoretical framework informed by recent developments in memory theory. The module explores how traumatic experiences of loss, grief, atrocity and destruction are conveyed through different types and genres of representation, and how the act of remembering impacts on the identities of individuals, families and societies.

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

    HUM4048Print and the People, 1850-1900 (20 credits)

    Print and the People, 1850-1900 examines the explosion of popular periodicals aimed at an increasingly fragmented mass reading public in the second half of the nineteenth century. The module enables you to study periodicals and print culture in depth, making full use of digital resources. You will be equipped with skills and methodologies required in researching print culture through digital archives.

    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%.

    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%.

    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%.

    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%.

    MDM4026Media, Culture and Identities (20 credits)

    Media, Culture and Identities examines the representation of sexuality on screen, including film and television. The focus of the module includes issues of gender (masculinity and femininity), heterosexual romance, gay and lesbian identity, sexuality and desire. Discussion of these subjects will be situated within the wider social, cultural and historical contexts. The module engages with contemporary discourse and debates concerning ideology, the performativity of sexuality and identity, and the social implications of representation.

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

    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.


    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.

    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 lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

    Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    Once you graduate, you will be equipped with a highly desirable portfolio of transferable skills that will make you highly employable. Graduates may progress on to a wide variety of potential careers in areas such as arts organisation and management, journalism, libraries and learning centres, 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 £5,580 for UK students and £13,500 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22. Exemptions apply for EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, who may be eligible for the UK full-time tuition fee rate.

    Tuition fees for part-time study on this MA are £31 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22, i.e. £620 per 20 credit module. 180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree. EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK part-time tuition fee rate.

    The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

    Financial Support

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide at

    EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).

    Financial support information for international students can be found at


    How to Apply

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