Film Studies research degrees

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Film studies at Hull is a dynamic new teaching and research unit, which offers both MPhil and PhD research degrees in the fields of television, American cinema, animation, horror and adaptation studies. Our research degrees are supervised by academic staff who are experts in their field. Film Studies staff contribute to television and radio programmes on film, and have spoken at the National Film Theatre, and at universities in Europe and North America.

The unit runs a regular programme of film and media research seminars throughout the year and has hosted an international conference to celebrate 75 years of Ealing Studios. The University recently invested £9.5m on transforming Middleton Hall into a world class entertainment venue which includes one of the region’s most advanced cinemas with state-of-the-art surround sound. The investment will see some of the best facilities of their kind in the UK at the University of Hull, including a concert hall, surround-sound cinema, an ambisonic sound studio and industry-standard recording and rehearsing facilities. The refurbishment will include a new entrance and café with a 400-plus seater concert hall forming the centre-piece of the development. The versatile space is ideal for classical and popular music concerts. With adaptable acoustics, it will also be used for music, theatre and cinema screenings. 

There is a student Film Society, at which a wide variety of films are screened and discussed. The city also benefits from events held at the local arthouse cinema, Hull Screen.


Our experts welcome applications for postgraduate research across a broad range of topics, particularly:

  • adaptation of literature for the screen
  • American cinema
  • animation studies
  • authorship
  • film history
  • gender issues and film
  • horror cinema
  • narration, style and aesthetics
  • television history
  • television studies


Please click on the links below for help in being matched up with a potential supervisor in the following specific areas of expertise:

Further details of the research of individual staff members can be viewed on their profile pages.

Admissions Status

Open for admission in 2017/18

Research options

MPhil: 2 years (full-time) / 3 years (part-time)

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)


Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £12,800 (full-time)

These fees are for all Film Studies research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit www.hull.ac.uk/money.

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Next Steps


For information on scholarships, bursaries and how to fund your studies see our Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or equivalent in Film Studies or a related subject (or international equivalent). Applicants without a Masters degree will be registered on the MPhil programme in the first instance.

International students (language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University?s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.


Film Studies at Hull is part of the School of Arts.

Our programmes explore the artistic, cultural and historical significance of film and television across the world.

Find out more about our research in Film Studies