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MPhil and PhD Degrees by Research

The Department offer an MPhil and PhD by individual research, within the areas of expertise of the teaching staff.

Strong priorities are:

  • Film and television aesthetics;
  • European and other national cinemas (including their popular dimension);
  • Representation and identity, and issues of gender;
  • British television history.

In addition to individual supervision, MA by research/MPhil/PhD students have access to:

  • Study Skills Training
  • University and Faculty training (e.g. computer, language skills).
  • University and departmental resources.
  • Auditing of one or more MA courses.
  • Teaching opportunities, where feasible.
  • The Department's Research Seminar series.
  • The Department's Postgraduate Methods Reading Group
  • The Postgraduate Research Group, a venue for sharing and discussing research and ideas in a friendly, informal atmosphere with other postgraduates.
Teaching Staff and Areas of Expertise

Michele Aaron Death, film and social justice, ethics, race, queer theory, applied film
José Arroyo National and sexual identity in the media; Spanish cinema; Hollywood/Action Cinema; Canadian and Quebécois cinemas
Charlotte Brunsdon Cinema and the city; British film and television; spaces of film and television
Jon Burrows

Silent cinema; British cinema; Hollywood cinema

Catherine Constable Philosophy and film; feminist film theory; film adaptation
Stephen Gundle Italian film history; politics and the media; the history of glamour
John King (Comparative American Studies): Latin American literature and film
James MacDowell Hollywood cinema, American independent cinema, Film aesthetics, Film narrative, Romantic comedy
Rachel Moseley Gender in Popular Film and Television; film stars; women's television; factual entertainment
Michael Pigott

Video Art and Experimental Film; Projection; Sound; Film and Architecture.

Alastair Phillips

Film history and aesthetics; French cinema; Japanese cinema; contemporary world cinema; Hollywood in its European contexts

Karl Schoonover

Film theory; art cinema; realism; the photographic image; political cinema; queer theory

Richard Wallace Documentary, fact/fiction hybridity, mockumentary, film and television comedy, pop music on film and television
Helen Wheatley Television history and aesthetics; television drama; popular genres in television and film; British television; factual entertainment

How to apply for an MPhil/PhD

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Find about current and past PhD topics.