Film and Television

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Run by Faculty of Arts
Awards available PhD, MPhil
Programme length MPhil: One year full-time;
two years part-time
PhD: Three years full-time;
six years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date January 2018 (2017/18 fees apply)
September 2018
January 2019

Programme overview

The Department of Film and Television offers supervisory expertise in a wide range of subject areas, including British cinema, classic Hollywood, television drama, comedy, animation and documentary. The department has particular strengths in historical research, audience studies, film theory and aesthetics, and offers the opportunity for practice-based research as well as the traditional written dissertation. Where research proposals span various disciplines, a supervisory team can be assembled across departments and faculties to meet the needs of the project.

NB For students starting in January 2018, fees for 2017/18 will apply. Fees are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Fees for 2018/19

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
UK/EU: part-time
Overseas: full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2018/19

The University of Bristol is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), which will be offering studentships for September 2018. For information on other funding opportunities, please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

MPhil: An upper second-class degree or international equivalent. Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of your readiness to pursue a research degree.

PhD: A master's qualification, or be working towards a master's qualification, or international equivalent. Applicants without a master's qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent). Applicants with a non-traditional background may be considered provided they can demonstrate substantial equivalent and relevant experience that has prepared them to undertake their proposed course of study.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Research groups

There is a lively postgraduate community in the department which runs a film club and shares research through regular research student coffee mornings and an annual symposium of current postgraduate research.

The department has a termly programme of research seminars and public talks, and leads a regional research group, Screen Research, which organises workshops on topics across film, television and screen media.


A large number of graduates from this programme develop careers in higher education or work on high-level research projects in the field of film and television; some graduates take up careers in film directing and video recording operations.

Staff profiles

Dr Alex Clayton, (Senior Lecturer), Aesthetics of screen comedy; film criticism and the appreciation of film style; Hollywood cinema; the body in performance; the work of relatively neglected or underappreciated filmmakers; tone, perspective, intention, rhetoric.

Dr Pete Falconer, (Lecturer), Censorship; contemporary Hollywood and other popular cinemas; film genre; film style and aesthetics; film violence; horror; music in film; the forms and genres of popular cinema, primarily in relation to Hollywood; the theory and practice of intertextuality; the Western.

Dr Jimmy Hay, (Lecturer in Film and Television), Film practice, fiction film

Dr Jacqueline Maingard, (Reader), African cinema (especially South African cinema); colonialism; documentary film theory and practice; issues of identity and the cinema; Third Cinema.

Dr Nariman Massoumi, (Lecturer in Film and Television), Documentary Iranian Film

Dr Kristian Moen, (Senior Lecturer), American cinema from the 1910s and 1920s; consumer culture and spectacle; contemporary Hollywood; early French cinema; fairy tales; fantasy cinema and modernity; intermediality; new media and pre-cinematic technologies; silent cinema. 

Dr Angela Piccini, (Senior Lecturer), Documentary and television studies; material excess, location and networks, creativity and archaeological sensibilities; mediatized achaeological practice and performativity, centring on contemporary achaeologies (in and of the ' present' ); mixed-mode research ; philosophies of time-space.

Dr Helen Piper, (Senior Lecturer), British broadcasting and television drama, including representations of class; British television detective series; dramatic performativity in factual television; memory, nostalgia and cultures of television viewing.

Professor Sarah Street, (Professor), Audiences and film reception; British cinema; film costume and accessories; film preservation and restoration; film star studies; genre and gender studies; Hollywood cinema; set design and the histories, aesthetics and economics of colour cinema; silent cinema history.

How to apply
Application deadline:

January 2018 start: 1 December 2017
September 2018 start: 1 August 2018
January 2019 start: 1 December 2018

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

  • 34% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 50% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 15% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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