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What will I learn?

Our MA Film and Screen Media explores the history, development and interaction of film, television and other screen media. The programme encourages you to explore a wide variety of screen media in historical, sociological, aesthetic and anthropological terms and in a variety of cultural and national contexts. You can personalise your MA studies and specialise in areas of film and screen media that match your intellectual interests and career goals, while a work placement option allows you to gain practical experience that may enhance your career prospects.

The programme is unique in its combination of world-class, rigorous postgraduate study with creative and practical opportunities. Some of the option modules, including the two-month work placement module, can help you stand out in a competitive job market and further your career in the media, creative and cultural industries. The programme will also prepare you for advanced research at MPhil/PhD level if you wish to continue studying.

This programme has three other pathways: MA Film and Screen Media (with Study Abroad), MA Film and Screen Media (with Television) and MA Film and Screen Media with Film Programming and Curating.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates go in to careers in film and television companies, museums and galleries, arts administration, education, publishing and film criticism. Possible professions include arts administrator, museum or gallery curator and teacher. It is also possible to continue on to a PhD which offers employment opportunities in academia and other areas. This degree may also be useful in becoming a programme researcher or television/film/video producer.

Which department am I in?

Birkbeck, University of London

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£16,020.00 (US$ 22,042) per year
Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected October 2021

Venue

Birkbeck, University of London

Malet Street,

Bloomsbury,

United Kingdom,

WC1E 7HX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For entry onto a Master’s Degree, most US students would need to have completed a Bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.2 GPA (for courses requiring a 2:1); students from highly ranked institutions may also be considered with a GPA of 3.0/4.0. For courses requiring a 2:2, a GPA of 2.8 is required; The terms below are used to recognise students with particularly high GPAs: Cumulative GPA 3.9 (alternative name: Summa cum laude); Cumulative GPA 3.7 (alternative name: Magna cum laude); Cumulative GPA: 3.5 (alternative name: Cum laude). Applications are considered on an individual basis and students may be admitted to Master's programmes with a lower level degree if they have work experience relevant to the degree applied for.

For international students

A second-class honours degree (2:2 or above). As part of the application process, you are required to complete a 700-1000-word written exercise by choosing a film or television programme which you have recently seen and explaining why you found it innovative. Successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

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

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