IMACS: International Master in Audiovisual and Cinema Studies (MLitt) 2020 entry
The St Andrews International Master in Audiovisual Studies (IMACS) MLitt offers a unique opportunity to obtain comprehensive training in film and media studies. The MLitt offers students an opportunity to participate in a network of 14 leading programmes in film and media studies in Europe and Canada.
This is a two-year MLitt degree; students enrolled in the programme spend two semesters at St Andrews, and the remaining two semesters at partner institutions.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2022
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
Two years full time
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.
- If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
- Proficiency in at least one relevant language beyond English (Class C1 on European Framework).
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £17,325
This is the full programme fee for a two-year programme.
Wednesday 12 August 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
- sample of academic written work in English (1,000 - 3,000 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- Evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language)
- covering letter (optional).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
Students enrolled in the IMACS MLitt spend their first semester at St Andrews, their second semester at one partner institution, their third semester at a second partner institution, and the fourth semester back at St Andrews.
Semesters 1 and 4 are held at St Andrews while Semesters 3 and 4 are held at partner institutions.
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
- Skills, Methods and Approaches in Film Studies:training in the essential skills of close analysis, key methods of historiographical research and salient approaches to film studies scholarship, which aims to teach students to correlate conceptual frameworks and research designs.
Students choose two optional modules to complete their studies at St Andrews. Sample optional modules for Semester 1 include:
- Colonial Cinema: explores the transnational developments in cinema, and examines the integral role that cinema played in the control, organisation and governance of the British Empire.
- Film Technologies and Aesthetics: the ways in which the emergence of new technologies – such as sound, colour, cameras and camera mounts, varying screen dimensions, and lighting systems – affect aesthetic issues in global cinemas.
Or, there is the option for students to take a fourth year undergraduate module, such as
- Silent Cinema: examines this critical period of film history by exploring the era through a variety of contexts
- Film Sound: challenges our critical focus on the film image and explores the expressive contribution of sound to film.
In the second semester at St Andrews, students can choose from the same optional modules.
Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University's position on curriculum development).
In Semester 3, students will begin to work with a supervisor in St Andrews to map out their dissertation project, typically a 15,000-word dissertation.
Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation must be submitted by a date specified in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.