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 17 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 Anuja Jain (aj73), Director of Postgraduate Research, Department of Film Studies.


The Film Studies Department is the ideal place to delve into the discipline: with its growing community of research students and staff members, it provides a cross-cultural social environment, enlivened by an open-minded perspective and a taste for diversity. From wide-ranging seminars to heated late-night discussions and student-led screenings: my experience so far has been as rich and stimulating as a doctoral student may possibly hope.

— Pasquale Cicchetti, PhD Student