History and Film Studies

Entry Year:2019

2 study options

History and Film Studies BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
VW16
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£16,200
Funding information

History and Film Studies with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
VW6Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£16,200
History and Film Studies
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Overview

Develop your knowledge of history while exploring your passion for film.

Our History and Film Studies degree has an equal focus on both subjects, offering the flexibility to combine module options that explore the history and film cultures of a particular country.

In the first year you’ll be introduced to key concepts in film studies and modern history. The wide range of optional modules in your second and third years gives you the chance to study American, British and European history, and to explore the unique film cultures that developed in Britain, France, Germany, India and the United States throughout the 20th century and beyond.

Film Studies fosters an understanding of visual aesthetics and may lead you into areas of study as diverse as politics, philosophy, technology and performance. You also have the option to extend your degree by studying abroad for a year.

Structure

You can complete your History and Film Studies degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Approaches and Analysis
  • Concepts and History
  • History in Practice
  • Screening History: Representing the Past in the Contemporary Historical Film

Choose one from

  • Europe in a Global Context since 1800
  • Unravelling Britain: 1800 to present

Choose one from

  • Building the American Nation: 1756-1900
  • Europe 1000-1500: The Middle Ages and their legacy

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • What is cinema?

Choose at least three from

  • Alfred Hitchcock and the New Film History
  • British Horror: Film, Television and Literature
  • Contemporary Art and Society
  • Japanese Film: History, Culture and Fantasy
  • Jews in Film
  • London on Film: Representing the City in British and American Cinema

Choose at least one from

  • Documentary: Theory and Practice
  • From Page to Screen
  • Introduction to British Cinema
  • The French New Wave

 

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

History special subject and dissertation which could be in one of the following subjects:

  • British Cinema and the Second World War: Propaganda, Myth and Memory
  • Making Thatcher's Britain: The Thatcher Revolution, 1975-1997
  • The Kennedy Years
  • The Sixties Cultural Revolution in Germany and Britain
  • The War on Terror

Choose three from

  • Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
  • Film Archaeology
  • Film and Ethics
  • New Independent Indian Cinema
  • Screening the Past: The French History Film in the 1980s and 1990s
  • Yakuza: Exploring the Japanese Gangster Film

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our History and Film Studies BA with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

Testimonial

I liked that the degree gave me a holistic overview of film and also more specific knowledge focused on subjects I was keen on. I mainly concentrated on writing, journalism, screenwriting and British and American cinema. The degree gave me a really good base which I integrated into my subsequent PR, journalistic and festival-related work; I feel my degree was an invaluable stepping stone to a profession in the film industry. 

Teaching and Facilities

Teaching and learning

You'll receive approximately 10 to 12 hours of weekly contact time per module, in the form of lectures led by academic staff, smaller seminar groups, workshop sessions, film screenings and group work in the studio or on location.

For every hour spent in class, you'll complete a further two to three hours of independent study. This time is spent reading, preparing for seminars, working on projects and revising for exams.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework and end-of-module exams, although some modules are assessed by coursework only. Final-year students have the opportunity to pursue a sustained piece of research or to develop an extended film production project or long script. 

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the Queen Mary library
  • a vibrant History Society
  • the Queen Mary History Journal, a major scholarly publication stocked by the British Library, which is written, produced and edited entirely by students
  • our state-of-the-art 41-seater cinema
  • a large range of professional and broadcast-standard production and post-production equipment, including: a film production suite, two film studios with professional lighting grids, two edit suites, and motion capture equipment
  • a central London location that offers ready access to a wealth of world-class libraries, archives, museums and galleries.

Learn another language

If you’re interested in learning another language, you can sign up for a course at Queen Mary’s Language Centre, where you can choose from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese or Spanish.

Entry requirements

History and Film Studies - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include History at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in History modules at Distinction.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

History and Film Studies with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include History at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in History modules at Distinction.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Career opportunities

History and Film Studies graduates have a broad range of skills that can take them through to successful careers, working in a variety of sectors spanning the media such as analytical and critical thinking, organisation, communication and cultural understanding, government and politics, academia, business, finance, the charity sector and legal services.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Bank of England
  • Blackstock PR
  • BPP
  • GfK
  • LexisNexis
  • Royal Albert Hall.

Career support

Together, the School of Languages Linguistics and Film (SLLF) and the School of History offer a range of support for students. This includes workshops, evening events and an annual ‘History Futures’ event, which brings former history students to Queen Mary to discuss their career paths so far.

Our careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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About the Schools

School of History

The School of History is ranked 11th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. 

Our staff are world-leading scholars engaged in innovative teaching and bringing history to the wider public on TV and radio: you will learn from academics at the forefront of research in their respective fields. Our London location offers students unrivalled access to museums, archives and libraries.

School of Languages Linguistics and Film

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and vibrant. Our students produce podcasts and short films, put on plays and liaise with writers and journalists.

We’re visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and have strong links with London’s cultural institutions.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.

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Why Queen Mary?

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

5th in the UK

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

Russell Group

Member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Global top 50

Global top 50

English, drama, and law ranked in the global top 50 (QS Subject rankings 2018)