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Modern British Cinema: 1960s - 1980s

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Academic Lead: Adrian Garvey

This course examines the hybrid and diverse nature of the British cinema from the New Wave of the early 1960s to the advent of Channel 4 in the early 1980s. It will explore two key themes in the British cinema’s long quest for a sustainable model of film-making: the tensions between the indigenous and the international; and the recurring pattern of ‘boom and bust’ in British production. Topics covered include: the emergence of the New Wave and the ‘Swinging London’ films of the 1960s; the relationship between British cinema and Hollywood; the British film renaissance of the early 1980s; ‘state of the nation’ cinema in the Thatcher era; TV funding for film; and the emergence during the 1970s of British auteur film-makers such as Peter Greenaway, Derek Jarman, Terence Davies and Bill Douglas). You’ll be taught through a mix of lectures, film screenings, seminars and workshops. 

Course aims

The course aims to provide you with a cultural, social and historical overview of the British cinema from the ‘New Wave’ of the early 1960s to the advent of Channel 4 in the1980s. You will become familiar with some of the key film-makers of the period, as well as the context in which they worked, and learn the factors that have made up the architecture of the post-war British cinema. You will be encouraged to develop a range of critical approaches to cope with a diverse field, developing an understanding of which is the most appropriate in specific cases.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, film screenings, seminars and workshops.

Learning outcomes

You will gain:

  • a knowledge of the post-war industrial framework of British cinema
  • a knowledge of the key movements and film-makers who made up the British cinema of the period
  • a knowledge of how cinema fitted into the wider historical, cultural and social context of post-war Britain.

You will be able to develop/use:

  • the critical tools to analyse film and to understand its relationship to other media
  • the ability to employ an appropriate academic style and terminology
  • the ability to distinguish between, and to apply, a range of different theoretical approaches
  • the capacity for analytical and critical thought
  • a greater awareness of the complex relationships between history, culture and society
  • the initiative to undertake independent research, seeking out relevant sources and research materials
  • improved skills in oral presentation and argument.


The QMUL Summer School costs: £1,499 per session, which includes tution and social programme. 

We offer a 10% discount to:

  • Students and staff from partner institutions
  • Alumni
  • Current QMUL students 


On campus accommodation (bed and breakfast) will cost £899 per session.

Additional costs and course excursions

Please note that some courses have some additional fees not included in the Tuition and Social Programme Fee. These fees are for activities and field trips that may take place away from our campus. Please check details for your chosen course to confirm whether there are any additional costs.

Please note there is no deposit payment required for the QMUL Summer School.

Entry requirements

To join our Summer School, you should have completed a minimum of two semesters’ study at your home institution.

We welcome Summer School students from around the world. We accept a range of qualifications:

  • if your home institution uses the four-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale, we usually require a 3.0 GPA
  • if your home institution uses the letter scale, you will need to have a B+

We welcome international qualifications and we consider every application individually on its academic merit.

English language requirements

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English isn’t your first language, you must meet one of the following English Language requirements in order to join the QMUL Summer School:

  • If you hold a degree from a majority English speaking country plus Canada you may use this degree to satisfy the English language requirements for entry, provided the degree was completed no more than 5 years before the start date of the course to which you are applying.
  • IELTS, 7 overall or higher
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 100 (L22; S25; R24; W27)
  • China UEE (University Entrance Exam) -  110
  • CET 4 – 550 or CET 6 – 490
  • PTE Academic 68
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English 185 70- grade C (old marking system)
  • Applicants with an alternative qualification should check it is equivalent to the above or contact us at

How to apply

Applications now open!

In order to apply for the QMUL Summer School please fill out the application form

Check out our accommodation and fee discount deadlines.

Have a question? Get in touch, one of the team will be happy to help.

Application deadline: 25 May 2018

What do I need to apply?

You’ll need to upload the following documents together with your online application:

  • your current academic transcript or your record of studies to date
  • evidence of your English Language proficiency, if your first language isn’t English
  • a written statement explaining why you'd like to attend the Summer School
  • a copy of your passport

What do I do next? 

  • work with your home university adviser to select the courses you want to study at QMUL and ensure they are approved/can transfer back to your own institution
  • gather your transcripts and your proof of language proficiency 
  • check that you meet the eligibility criteria
  • Apply online to QMUL

What happens then?

  • we make a decision on your application within 5 days of your application date and send you an offer letter
  • you accept our offer
  • apply for a visa (if you need it)
  • book your flights to London**
  • read all of our pre-departure emails carefully before you arrive
  • pack and get ready for your stay in London
  • arrive in London and move into your new home with us on campus
  • join the welcome programme and start your course
  • complete all your welcome programme/orientation tasks
  • enjoy your time at QMUL!

** Please don’t connect or enter the UK via Ireland, as there are visa restrictions.

Teaching dates
Session Two: 16 July 2018 – 3 August 2018
Course hours
150 hours (of which 45 contact hours)
10 minute presentation (20%) 1000 word sequence analysis in class (30%) 2000 essay (50%)

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