Film Studies

Film Studies at St Andrews focuses on film culture by examining the different ways film contributes to meanings and social functions across different times and geographical locations (for example, institutions, audience networks, activist campaigns, media technologies, etc).

As a film student, you will study both canonical films (those popularly considered important and influential) as well as those outside the mainstream. You will pay particular attention to historical film cultures and the changing shape of film studies as a discipline today.

Studying film at St Andrews will help you master a range of research skills and gain knowledge in:

  • national and transnational film traditions
  • the dynamics of the global film industry
  • the history of film technologies and modes of film spectatorship
  • the current range of theoretical and historiographical approaches to film and media.


Undergraduate - 2020 entry

Film Studies MA (Hons)
Film Studies  BA (International Hons)
Gateway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)
FE-HE Pathway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)

Joint degree options

You can take Film Studies MA (Hons) with another subject as part of a joint degree.

International Foundation programmes - 2020 entry

International Foundation programmes prepare international students for undergraduate study in the UK and at the University of St Andrews in particular.

Social Sciences and Humanities September Foundation
Social Sciences and Humanities January Foundation 

Postgraduate - 2020 entry


Film Studies MLitt
International Master in Audiovisual and Cinema Studies (IMACS) MLitt


Please contact a supervisor in your research area to inquire about PhD opportunities.

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Research in Film Studies

Film scholarship at St Andrews encompasses different geographical areas, historical periods, and types of film. Particular strengths include:

  • global film cultures
  • film and media historiography
  • audio-visual environments
  • documentary and non-fiction cinema. 

Find out about research themes in Film Studies.   

The Department of Film Studies also offers specially fitted screening facilities as well as an extensive collection of international films. Find out more about the Department's facilities

Careers for graduates in Film Studies

Career opportunities for Film Studies graduates range from those that specifically relate to film – whether in academia, creative industries, film and cinema festival programming, or arts administration – to other spheres, such as publishing, journalism, public relations and education.

Previous Film Studies graduates have found positions as:

  • broadcast journalists
  • media architects
  • TV research and development assistants
  • marketing and PR assistants
  • freelance writers
  • field crew leaders
  • assistant producers
  • wildlife presenter and documentary film producers
  • festival programming associates
  • supporter fundraising administrators.

See recent graduate employment case studies.

Work experience

Work experience is invaluable when it comes to securing graduate-level employment. There are a number of opportunities to gain work experience in Film Studies at St Andrews:

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available to prospective undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students.


Faculty of Arts scholarships offer financial assistance for students studying in the Faculty of Arts who are academically gifted but would otherwise struggle with the cost of studying at St Andrews. 

Undergraduate scholarships


The University of St Andrews offers a range of postgraduate funding opportunities.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

Find out about funding for postgraduate research.

Funding for PhD students


University league tables

Film Studies at St Andrews was ranked first in Scotland and second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

The Department of Film Studies was ranked number one for media studies in the UK in The National Student Survey 2019 with 100% student satisfaction.

REF 2014

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 80% of the research from the Department of Film Studies was recognised as world leading and internationally excellent.


Department of Film Studies
University of St Andrews
99 North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AD

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 7473

Film Studies website Film Studies research portal