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PhD/MPhil Applications

MPhil/PhD in Film and/or Television Studies
The Application Process
  • We normally only consider applications from candidates who are in possession of a good BA Honours degree and who have (or are about to be awarded) a Masters degree.
  • It is not a requirement that candidates have a Masters degree in Film and Television Studies (specialist ‘retraining’ courses are provided in the 1st year of PhD study for those with sizeable gaps in their knowledge of the discipline). However, candidates must have sufficient knowledge of their intended thesis topic to be able to provide a detailed PhD proposal (outlining the key research questions to be addressed and the provisional scope and structure of the project) as part of their application. All applicants that we have a strong potential interest in will ultimately be interviewed in person or by telephone.
  • Anyone interested in applying to our MPhil/PhD programme is advised to first contact our PhD Admissions Tutor Dr. Karl Schoonover (K dot Schoonover at warwick dot ac dot uk) to ascertain if their intended project can be supervised in this department. An indicative list of areas in the field of Film and Television Studies which the faculty here have particular specialist expertise is available here. N.B. We strongly advise you to liaise with us BEFORE completing the online application for scholarships - see further details below.
  • You can fill in the PhD application form at or email our Postgraduate Admissions Secretary to request a hard copy of the application form and further printed information about graduate study in the Department of Film and Television Studies and the University of Warwick.

There is no official deadline for PhD applications, although there are specific deadlines for anyone thinking of applying for a scholarship. These usually occur in early January. It is highly advised that you submit a draft of your application to the department by early December.

Fees and Funding Opportunities
  • Follow this link for information about the fees for our research degrees and this link for general information about funding opportunities for research students.
    The Department of Film and Television Studies is inviting expressions of interest in the above scheme, the deadline for which is still TBC but likely to be the first week of October. More Information Here...

  • The Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence at the University of Warwick is offering 13 fully-funded CADRE PhD scholarships for Home/EU students, including four Wolfson Foundation awards. There are also prestigious Wolfson Postgraduate scholarships. The field for these awards is highly competitive, but PhD students from the Department of Film and Television Studies have been successful in the past. Details for the next round of competition are provided at the links above. The competition will open 8 October 2018, and the final deadline for applications has not been anounced but is likely to be in early January. Applications for these scholarships are submitted as part of the normal online application process. We would strongly advise you not to submit an application without first contacting Dr. Karl Schoonover (K dot Schoonover at warwick dot ac dot uk) to ascertain if we could potentially offer supervision.
  • Warwick University now runs its own special scholarship scheme for international research students: the Chancellor's International Scholarship. The Application deadline for this year’s competition is 23:59pm (GMT) on Friday 18th January 2019. All supporting documents (references and transcripts) must be uploaded by Friday 25th January 2019 at the latest. Many countries also have scholarship schemes which fund students studying higher degrees overseas and you should investigate if any such schemes exist in your country.