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Film studies

Understand the media that shapes our world. 

As a film studies student, you will study a range of films and media - mainstream and peripheral - from around the world and the contexts in which they are made, seen and used. Film studies at St Andrews has particular expertise in:

  • global film cultures of production, distribution and exhibition
  • film and media historiography
  • audio-visual environments
  • documentary and non-fiction cinema.
Film screening in the Buchanan Theatre


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

The Department of Film Studies offers PhD research programmes in film studies. The Department maintains a vibrant and comprehensive research programme from early cinema and its contexts to contemporary film and media. 

To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.

“The depth in which I am encouraged to think about and discuss film has improved my overall skills of critical thinking. The lecturers present us with texts and ideas outside of our usual frame of reference and encourage us to formulate our own point of view, even in contentious areas of debate. The work is hard but if you are studying something you are passionate about, it is more than worth it.”

- Inverness, Scotland


First in the UK for media and film studies

Guardian University Guide 2021

100% student satisfaction for media studies

National Student Survey 2019