MRes in Humanities (Film Studies)

The MRes is a flexible programme, which gives you training in research skills as well as modules on subjects specific to Film Studies. You may be able to replace some modules with others offered on the MRes in Humanities or MRes in Social Sciences. If you would like to discuss the programme further, please contact Dr Neil Archer. We have particular expertise in the following areas:

  • British Cinema
  • Sex and Cinema
  • Novel to Film Adaptation
  • Television Drama
  • Russian and European Cinema

Film Studies Pathway MRes in Humanities

Film Theory

The module aims to introduce students to and further develop their knowledge of historical and contemporary Film Theory. Film Studies is a broad and challenging discipline involving the rigorous and critical study of films from around the world. It is an exciting and relatively new academic discipline that allows students to develop skills in critical argument, and involves imaginative engagement with films from past and present and from a variety of different global cultures.

Recognising that film has become one of the 20th and 21st centuries' most pre-eminent and influential forms of both art and mass entertainment, the module will allow students to investigate the possibilities and limitations of film language and its influence on how we understand our own (and others') history, as well as our various forms of identity (individual, national, sexual, racial). Thus, the module will also help develop an understanding of how films function within the cultures of which they are part, as well as the ways in which the formal characteristics of film have developed over time and across diverse cultures.

Topics covered will include authorship in film, and theories of the auteur; genre theory in its historical development and its modern configurations; issues of national cinemas, aesthetics and identities; ideologies about gender and race, and how these impact on the ways identity is generated in film. The module will address these questions in terms of theoretical readings; at the same time it will investigate how these issues are played out in practice, by examining specific films and the techniques used within them to generate meaning.

MRes Individual Research Orientation

The module aims to further students’ understanding of the research area or topic which has been chosen as the theme of the dissertation. It will comprise individual study, directed by a reading programme drawn up by the student and their prospective supervisor, and the student will work with their supervisor to plan and develop an essay topic. A literature review will usually be completed to enable the student to situate their projected work within current disciplinary debates.

4000-5000 word essay

MRes Dissertation

The MRes culminates in the production of a 20,000–25,000-word dissertation. The topic for the dissertation is developed by the student in consultation with a supervisor.

Other Options

Where appropriate to the research topic, up to 60 credits of other relevant training can be substituted for the ‘Individual Research Orientation’ and/or ‘Cultural Theory’ modules can be taken from other Masters programmes. Methods of assessment and submission dates must be agreed with the supervisor and Director of MRes in advance. If relevant, some modules may be taken from the Social Sciences Research Training Programme.

For further information, please contact Professor Joe Andrew