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: Four years full-time (minimum period of study three years);
eight years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date January 2022 September 2022 January 2023 This research degree is also available via distance learning.

Programme overview

MPhil: a standalone, one-year (full-time) research degree.Students will undertake their own research project, concluding in the submission of a 25,000 word dissertation. Students may have the option to audit units from our taught master's programmes if they are relevant to their research./p>

PhD: a research project undertaken across four years (full-time, minimum period of study three years), culminating in an 80,000 word thesis. As well as having the option to audit taught units, there may be the potential for PhD students to teach units themselves from their second year of study onwards.

The Department of Film and Television offers supervisory expertise in a wide range of subject areas, including classical Hollywood cinema, British cinema, 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.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
UK: part-time
Overseas: full-time

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

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 discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2022/23

The University of Bristol is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), which offers studentships. 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 events and presentations of current postgraduate research.

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


This programme is particularly well suited to developing a career in higher education, and for work on high-level research and creative projects in the fields of film and television.

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), emotion and film; fiction film; filmmaking

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 theory and practice; Iranian film; political filmmaking

Dr Kristian Moen, (Senior Lecturer), animation; experimental cinema; fairy tales and film; fantasy film; intermediality; silent cinema. 

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; histories, aesthetics and economics of colour cinema; Hollywood cinema; set design; silent cinema history.

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Application deadline

January 2022 start: 1st December 2021
September 2022 start: 1st August 2022
January 2023 start: 1st December 2022

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Faculty of Arts
University of Bristol
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB
School website: School of Arts
Department website: Department of Film and Television

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