- 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.
- New Directions in Film Studies Research: introducing students to new research directions represented within the department.
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
- Documentary Cinema: surveys the history of documentary film (technological, stylistic, etc), while taking up the theoretical debates around cinematic claims to truth and representations of reality.
- 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 require a minimum number of participants to be offered; 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.