Postgraduate taught

Special screenings are programmed in the Byre Studio Theatre

Special screenings are programmed in the Byre Studio Theatre

The St Andrews MLitt in Film Studies is a one-year Masters programme with some of the world’s leading film scholars in one of the world’s most beautiful locations. All MLitt students take part in a foundational course co-taught by several department faculty members, where you will study theoretical, analytical and historiographical approaches to cinema up close with renowned specialists in their respective fields. In addition, students take a topic course designed to probe new directions in film studies. The programme culminates in a dissertation (masters thesis) supervised by a faculty member in the student’s chosen area of expertise. One of Britain’s most prestigious university towns, St Andrews is famous not only for its medieval beauty, but also for its vibrant intellectual and arts culture. MLitt students in Film Studies will also benefit from contact with a large postgraduate cohort (with approximately 21 PhD students stemming from 5 continents). Postgraduate activities include regular research presentations by leading scholars, a prominent student-run academic journal (Frames) and a yearly postgraduate conference, as well as workshops, film screenings, activities and retreats. MLitt students have the option of living in St Andrews or one of the nearby cities (Edinburgh and Dundee).

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Benefits at a Glance

  • Masters degree from a top ranked university (no. 3 in the UK in the Guardian League Tables and the Sunday Times Good University Guide, no. 1 in Scotland in the Sunday Times and the Complete University Guide)
  • Foundation class co-taught by several leading faculty members in the department, covering essential elements of film analysis, theory and historiography
  • Very high student satisfaction (university ranked no. 1 in the UK in the National Student Survey and no. 1 for teaching in the Sunday Times Good University Guide)
  • Vibrant intellectual culture with Masters and PhD students from around the world
  • Stunning setting in a medieval seaside town consistently voted one of the best university towns in the UK and Europe
  • Close proximity to centres of urban life and film culture: Dundee (30 minutes), Edinburgh (1 hour), and Glasgow (2 hours)
  • Study film in a state-of-the-art teaching facility at the Byre Theatre, including 3D projection