Postgraduate Research



The PhD Programme

During RAE 2008, Film Studies at St Andrews was awarded a score of 100% for its Research Environment, an award which recognised our thriving research community and the role our PhD students play in all the events we run. We currently have 21 PhD students, making us one of the largest doctoral programmes in film studies in the UK. See what our current students are working on.

The PhD Programme offers three-years of supervision on your own research project, culminating in a dissertation thesis. An additional continuation year with supervision is available in year four if needed for completion.

In addition to your study there are a range of opportunities open to PhD students at St Andrews, typically including teaching undergraduate seminars from your second year onwards, a £300 annual travel fund (subject to annual budget confirmation) for conference travel and other related expenses, an annual £100 library book/DVD fund, experience organising events like the annual Film Studies Postgraduate Conference and the Study Day (including applying for internal funding), and experience giving shorter papers at conferences and longer papers for the Centre for Film Studies and at dedicated in-house workshops and symposia on various aspects of academic life in Film Studies, etc.

Please direct all enquiries regarding applying to the programme to Dr Paul Flaig (pf49), Director of Postgraduate Research and Teaching, Department of Film Studies.


For me, the best thing about doing a PhD in St Andrews is the town itself. Beautiful, cosy coastal town which has a busy student life encouraging one to work. The library seems to be the centre of it all, most of the people I meet are on their way to the library or from it. It resembles in many ways the feeling of the department: busy, friendly, extremely helpful, supportive and with an intense research life.

— Diana Popa, PhD student