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Professor Richard Dyer in conversation with PG students

Professor Richard Dyer in conversation with PG students

Film Studies at the University of St. Andrews is the newest department (est. 2004) at Scotland’s first university. We are dedicated to the study of cinema from a global perspective, moving beyond the canon of Hollywood and European film to examine a wide range of ‘minor’ marginal and transnational cinemas.  Working at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level, we believe students of cinema should engage with a diverse range of practices, movements, genres, and forms.

Staff expertise, a lively research environment of conferences, events, and screenings and plentiful resources (a newly refurbished lecture theatre and screening hall, and speciality teaching facilities at the Byre theatre, which include 3D projection; a growing collection of international films, books, and journals) offer students the chance to study and experience the richness and variety that cinema, in all its forms, offers us as spectators.

The department has grown rapidly and now contains 10 permanent academic staff (including Professors Dina Iordanova and Dr Michael Cowan), and 1 Associate Lecturer.  We house a vibrant post graduate community, offering a one year Masters in Film Studies and support a wide range of doctoral research projects.