The Department of Film Studies covers the breadth of Film and Media Studies, encompassing different geographical areas (UK, Europe, Asia and North America), historical periods (from early cinema to the contemporary) and types of film (from realism to animation and from genre cinema to experimental).

The Department is known for its innovative and world-leading research in areas such as:

  • global film cultures
  • film and media historiography
  • audio-visual environments
  • documentary and non-fiction cinema.

The Department maintains a bustling schedule of academic seminars and other research events, with leading global scholars of film and media. It also runs two research centres; organises numerous conferences, symposia and festivals; and works on an array of research and public engagement projects. You can read more about our research on our research blog.

Postgraduate students and postdoctoral scholars are central to the research culture and edit an academic journal, run a yearly postgraduate conference, and regularly engage in other forms of research presentation and publishing.