Film PhD - 2020 Entry
Your PhD at Lancaster could focus on one of a wide range of topics within Film Studies or on a subject that crosses different disciplines. As a PhD student you will be supervised by a team of two supervisors who will ensure that you receive focused critical feedback and encouragement throughout the programme. In some cases the second supervisor will be based in a different discipline within the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA), or a different department within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in order to ensure that you have the most appropriate supervisory team for your chosen project.
We have supervised PhD projects on an exciting variety of topics that extends from global cinema history and cultural politics through to contemporary philosophy and film and media theory. These have included: the history of made-for-TV movies in the US; affect theory and first-person documentaries from the 1980s and 1990s; stardom, fandom and real-person fanfiction; distracted spectatorship and the franchise film; theatre and film in post-martial law Taiwan; terrorism, power and global media; cultural symbolism in Indonesian documentary; Gothic fantasy and the films of Guillermo del Toro.
You can take your Film Studies PhD at Lancaster either in the standard format of a written thesis, or as a project that combines the written thesis with creative practical work. Many of our academic staff are engaged with practice-based research in the fields of film, theatre, art and design, and we have a dedicated team of technicians to support you as well as superb workshops, editing suites and technical resources for our students.
As a PhD student based in the LICA and part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), you will be part of a large, multidisciplinary community of research students, able to participate in seminars, reading groups, conferences, and research training courses. You will also be able to study for a certificate in higher education teaching.
FASS offers a number of scholarships to provide financial support for PhD students and Lancaster is part of the AHRC’s North West Consortium Doctoral Training Centre Partnership, which offers a number of PhD scholarships to researchers working in the arts and humanities.
We encourage you to contact the Director of Studies for Film, Bruce Bennett, or any member of the Film Studies staff team to discuss your ideas for PhD research.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees for 2019 were:
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What support is available towards tuition fees?
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