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PhD in Film Studies

Main contact: Director of Graduate Studies for Film, Dr Alasdair King: email - a.king@qmul.ac.uk

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:

European Cinema; British Cinema; World Cinemas; Film Stars; Performance Theory; Ethics and Continental Philosophy; Film Archaeology; Animal Studies; Eco-cinema; Iconic Images of Political Violence; War in Historical and Contemporary Frames; Cine-museology; Neoliberalism, Globalisation and Finance on Screen; Film Practice; Documentary Film; Artists’ Moving Image.

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Our current and recently completed PhD projects:

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Making an initial enquiry

The first step as you consider applying to the Department of Film Studies for a PhD will be to look at the research interests of individual staff to see if we have a colleague who works in the area of your research interests. Our main research interests and publications are set out here

Next you should email one or two potential supervisors setting out your proposed PhD research area. This is likely to be a draft proposal at this stage, and indicative of your interests rather than binding. It will help you to organise your thinking and will give any prospective supervisor the most essential information. Your proposal may be refined and redrafted after discussions with your prospective supervisors before you apply.

Apply online

After discussing your proposal with potential supervisors, and subject to their support and guidance, you may wish to make a formal PhD application online. 

Note that indication of interest on the part of a potential supervisor does NOT guarantee acceptance into the programme. Applicants are advised to treat the letters of reference as an important component of their application.

Ensure that your referees are able and willing to give enthusiastic support for your application and that they have adequate time to write their letters. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all elements of the application are submitted in time, including letters of reference.

How to apply

Research Funding

We have two main types of scholarship to support doctoral study within the department:

  • Queen Mary Studentships, open to any student applying for doctoral study within the School
  • The China Scholarship Council (CSC) award, open to Chinese students with an excellent track record wanting to study for a doctorate in Film Studies at Queen Mary.

The application deadline for both Research Studentships is typically 31 January for admission in the following September.

The  QMUL College Studentships are extremely competitive and we can rarely anticipate being granted more than one or two for our Film PhD applicants each year. There is no separate application for funding process: you will be considered automatically for these awards if you have made a formal PhD application by 31 January for admission in the following September.

QMUL Research Funding

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