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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

PhD in Film Studies

Research Areas

Research in Film at QMUL is organised into four main areas, the Centre for Film and Ethics, Film Cultures, Film Philosophy, and Film Practice. We are always interested in receiving applications from highly qualified prospective PhD students wishing to work with us in these general research areas.

The department has particular strengths in:

Commercial, Independent and Experimental Cinemas of Britain, US, France, Germany, India and China; Cinemas of the Global South, Film Archaeology; Animal Studies; Eco-cinema; Iconic Images of Political Violence; War in Historical and Contemporary Frames; Documentary Film; East Asian Screen Cultures, Non-Western Film Theory, Women’s Cinema; Film Archives and Curatorship; Film History and Historiography; Early Cinema; Finance and Film Aesthetics.

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Structure of the PhD Programme

The programme is normally a 3-year full time (or 6-year part time) research only PhD programme (i.e., there is no mandatory coursework component and students are expected to immediately start their research). In May of every year of the programme full-time equivalent PhD students are expected to pass an annual progress review.

All students are expected to participate in regular training and research activities organised by the department. Students also have the opportunity to present their ongoing research to the department in a variety of both formal and informal settings, one of which includes the monthly Post Production forum. Students can also take advantage of professional training events offered by the QMUL Academic Development Unit. Our current and recently completed PhD projects: Postgraduate students


Application Procedure

Please check the following sections as you begin working on your application:

Entry Requirements

Funding Competition

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