Film Studies


  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Full time 1 year


Why Lancaster?

  • Work with our specialist academics who will share their rich expertise in cinema, film-making and popular culture
  • Celebrate film-making from around the world with experts who are passionate about transnational cinemas
  • Complete a large film-making project, or a piece of original research, based on the area of film that interests you the most
  • Boost your skills using our cutting-edge production facilities, latest equipment, and high-end editing and audio suites
  • Benefit from Lancaster’s vibrant arts scene, our thriving student film production society, and nearby independent and mainstream cinemas

Unravel the theory, history and societal impact of the world’s most powerful storytelling medium – all while developing your film-making knowledge. Taught by an impressive team that includes a mix of film makers, writers and researchers, you’ll soon see why we’re ranked among the very best in the UK for film studies.

Expert film knowledge

Discover how powerful images and strong messages can change the world. Learn cutting-edge theoretical approaches to cinema across the world, while exploring the intersection between theory, culture and image. Investigate cognitive film theory that focuses on the experience and reactions of the audience.

Global cinema is one of our many specialisms and you’ll have the chance to work with experts in British and Hong Kong cinema, Asian film-making, African-American popular culture, Middle Eastern cinemas, European arthouse cinemas and Hollywood Cinema.

Skilful film-making

Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to hone your skills in film production and put theory into practice. If film-making is your passion, you can spend up to 50% of your time on the practical side of the business.

Experiment with our top-of-the-range film production equipment, from Black Magic 4K cameras to green screens, then bring it all together with our specialist software and editing suites. You can borrow the equipment to use for your projects too.

A perfect environment

The Lancaster area provides a fantastic backdrop for film-making. Previous students have filmed on our leafy campus as well as the historic city of Lancaster. Other nearby locations include the coastline of Morecambe Bay, the ancient woodlands of Bowland Forest, and the impressive mountains and lakes of the Lake District.

Make the most of the local arts scene on our doorstep with an arts venue that showcases the latest independent and foreign films. In previous years our Master’s students have shown their films there. There are also mainstream cinemas in Lancaster and nearby Morecambe, as well as a student-run cinema and film production society on campus. And you’ll have access to the BFI player to stay up to date with the latest national and regional releases.


You might be joining us straight after an undergraduate degree. Maybe you’ve been working in business and want to move sideways to a creative career. Or perhaps you’re working on your own personal film-making project and know how valuable specialist skills are.

Whatever your reasons, our MA students have used the course as an effective springboard for an exciting career in the arts and media industries.

You might be interested in a career in:

  • Film and TV sector (roles include researcher, writer, director, producer and production manager)
  • Multimedia authoring and digital design companies
  • Advertising and other creative industries
  • Journalism and film criticism
  • Cultural and heritage organisations involved in film preservation, curating and archiving
  • Organisations involved in festival and cultural event management
  • PR and Marketing

If taking our Master’s programme with us inspires you to study the art, theory and history of film further, you could develop your expertise further and specialise in an area of film by taking a PhD with us.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Film or in a relevant discipline.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email

Course structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.



Fees and funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
Home £11,500 n/a
International £23,875 n/a

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Important Information

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