What will I learn?

Course Description

The M.Phil. in Film Studies at Trinity offers two interesting ways to pursue further analysis of film and the film industry at university:

1. The Theory, History, Practice strand is a unique opportunity to embark upon a detailed investigation into the intellectual currents and aesthetic concerns surrounding the study and practice of film and digital media.

2. The Screenwriting strand offers the opportunity to focus on writing for different screens in a critically informed and creative context.

At every step of the way your progress will be informed by an emphasis on independent study, critical thinking and creative practice. In addition, the course aims to develop the key transferable skills required for postgraduate study. These include research preparation, time management and oral and written presentation skills.

MPhil in Film Studies -Theory, History Practice strand is also offered part time over two years. It comprises 60 ECTS of taught modules and a 30-ECTS research component. It is a unique opportunity to embark upon a detailed investigation into the intellectual currents and aesthetic concerns surrounding the study of film and digital media. . From the outset, questions of history, theory and context are brought to bear on issues of close analysis and interpretation. Modules in Screenwriting, Creative Documentary Practice and Editing allow students to balance film theory and history with practice.

The Screenwriting strand is also offered part time over two years and allows students to develop the skills required to write successfully for a range of different screens in a critically informed and creative context. It comprises 60 ECTS of taught modules and a 30-ECTS research component. The objective of the Screenwriting strand is to prepare screenwriters who can adapt to an industry that recreates itself regularly around technological advances. Students will select their chosen platform(s) when preparing their portfolio, bring their writing to industry standard and complete their studies with a research project screenplay in their chosen area of interest: feature film, television, on-demand broadcast, documentary, or adaptation.

Course Structure

All students take six taught modules and complete a research module that includes Research Methodologies. The Research Project and Research Methodologies module prepares students for the formal processes of research and writing at M.Phil. level.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€19,996.00 (US$ 22,814) per year
Please refer Trinity College Dublin website for more up-to-date fee details.
Application deadline

31 July 2022

More details

Start date

September 2022

Venue

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

College Green,

Dublin 2,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants will need to hold: at least a 2.1 honours degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country; a fluent command of the English language. English Language Requirements: IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall; TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based; University of Cambridge: Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2); Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2); Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59).

For international students

Candidates should have a good honors 1st class or 2.1 B.A. degree (minimum "B", average 3.0 or above for North American students) or equivalent qualification with a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual band below 6. Applicants to the Screenwriting strand are required to include a sample of creative writing in lieu of a sample of academic writing in their application.

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

  • TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based
  • University of Cambridge:
  • Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
  • Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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