Film and Visual Studies (PhD)

Queen's University Belfast the United Kingdom

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The award
PhD

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Film and Visual Studies at Queen's University Belfast

We offer research programmes in both critical and creative practice. These are designed for students who wish to conduct research into historical or broader theoretical issues in film and audiovisual cultures, or those who are interested in practice-led research. We encourage cross-disciplinary projects, especially those involving other areas within the School of Creative Arts. There are three programme routes:

PhD in Film and Visual Studies (Creative Practice) 

Students opting for the PhD (Creative Practice) route will produce a body of supervised creative work, accompanied by a written critical treatment contextualising this work with the broader field of film and audiovisual cultures. We are particularly interested in applications in the following areas: Documentary Film, Conflict Transformation, New Media and Experimental Aesthetic Practices.

PhD in Film and Visual Studies (Critical Practice) 

The PhD in Film and Visual Studies (Critical Practice) route offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced, original research in one of our current areas of specialisation: cinema history and historiography; sound and film; world and comparative film studies; documentary film; and Irish film and audiovisual culture.

MPhil 

The third route, the MPhil, also offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced research in either critical or creative practice in one of our areas of specialisation.

RESEARCH STRENGTHS

  • Documentary and ethnographic film
  • Interactive Documentary
  • Cinema history
  • Experimental film
  • Irish film and audiovisual culture
  • Relations between film and the visual arts
  • World and comparative film studies

" Doing the PhD in Film Studies was a life-changing experience and opened many doors for me. It gave me the qualifications to be considered for both academic and industry jobs within the media field. The financial, technical and academic support I received was paramount to my journey." Dr Laura Aguiar
(PhD graduate)

Career Prospects

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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Study options for this course

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  • The awardPhDHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
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Notes about fees for this course

Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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For tuition fee information see //www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

PhD Funded Studentships
We offer fully funded studentships to outstanding postgraduate researchers across our three faculties and five Doctoral Training Centres.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

  • DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD)
  • MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY (MPhil)

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

MODE OF STUDY/DURATION

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:

English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English FEES AND FUNDING For fees, funding and further information see go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy

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