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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

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

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

including useful information about deadlines, fees, and sources of funding

Find about current and past PhD topics.