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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

About the Department of Film Studies

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is defined by excellence in five areas, where the collision of different disciplines creates a vibrant multi- and interdisciplinary environment for research and teaching. We bring minds together from across the globe and offer a wealth of subject expertise across the arts and humanities, from practical film-making to postmodern literature and experimental neurolinguistics.

Embedded within the heart of the East End’s creative hub, the Department of Film is one of the most prestigious UK centres for Media and Film Studies. As well as being home to academically acclaimed researchers, and hosting the Centre for Film and Ethics, the Department remains at the forefront of the field with its state-of-the-art facilities and visits from the most exciting filmmakers and thinkers of the day.

Both a single and richly varied entity, our School’s work has a global reach. We foster an environment that supports and enables thinking across national, linguistic and cultural boundaries on a range of topics that relate to the literary, the visual, the social and much more. In doing so, true to the Queen Mary spirit, the collision of different disciplines and minds leads to the previously unthinkable.

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Ranked first nationally in the 2019 Guardian University League Tables, the Department of Film Studies at Queen Mary is situated in the heart of the East End, close to the creative and media quarters in Hoxton and Shoreditch and Spitalfields to our west, and to the Olympic Park to our east.

The Department houses excellent facilities,student lectureincluding a 40-seat cinema, two film studios, well-equipped edit suites and access to professional-level production equipment.

At undergraduate level we offer a range of distinctive and career-oriented degree pathways and at postgraduate level we offer an MA in Film which offers three pathways: MA Film (Theory), MA Film (Directing Fiction) or MA Film (Documentary Practice).

Our thriving community of PhD students is active in our research culture, which is enriched by regular talks boom operator 2by visiting academics and filmmakers and department-hosted international conferences, which are open to all. Our Alumni pages offer a snapshot of recently completed doctoral research projects.

London has a thriving film and cinema culture with a number of international film festivals, a wide range of independent cinemas and numerous film clubs. The production and post-production houses of Soho are a short tube journey away and a number of internationally important film studios such as Pinewood are easily accessible. Students are encouraged to use the rich resources of London to gain work experience and as a backdrop to their own film projects.

You can read more about the Department in our regular newsletter, Cutaway.

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