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MPhil/PhD in Film and/or Television Studies (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Qualification
  • MPhil/PhD
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 3-4 years
  • Part-time: 7 years


Join the MPhil/PhD in Film and/or Television Studies in conducting innovative, world-leading research. Warwick's Film and Television Studies, ranked 1st in the UK (REF 2014), is home to state-of-the-art facilities and world renowned experts who will guide you as you conduct your research project.


A PhD in Film and/or Television Studies will help you to shape the field of moving image studies, as you develop original research which intervenes in the most exciting and relevant discipline in the Arts and Humanities.

In partnership with your dedicated supervisor or supervisory team, you will be supported on your journey to becoming a fully independent researcher in screen studies. You will be able to take advantage of the unparalleled resources our Department has to offer, from global experts in film and television history, theory and criticism, to 35mm film projection and a digital editing suite. You will join a vibrant and international community of scholars, with the opportunity to participate in an exciting programme of research seminars and professional development and training events.

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Areas for PhD supervision

Film and Television Aesthetics, History and Theory; Classical and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema; European Cinema (especially British, Italian, French and Spanish); British and US Television; Documentary Film and Television; Silent Cinema; Feminist Film and Television Theory, History and Criticism; World Cinema; Queer Film Cultures; Film and Philosophy; Experimental Film and Video; Film and Television Genre; Film and Modernity; Film Technology and Innovation; Cities and Landscapes in Film and Television; Critical Studies of the Archive; Transnational Cinemas; Screen Ethics.

The Department of Film and Television Studies is the home of The Centre for Television History, Heritage and Memory Research and The Screen Rights Film Festival. There are often opportunities for graduate students to be involved in associated activities.


Doctoral Studies in Film and Television Studies proceeds through regular meetings between the student and their PhD supervisor or supervisory team, with the additional resource of a designated mentor. Together, you will design and develop your topic and the structure of your thesis, refining your research and writing through a process of drafts and close commentary, constructive critique and discussion.


Entry requirements A good Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.