IMACS: International Master in Audiovisual and Cinema Studies (MLitt) 2021 entry
This two-year MLitt degree offers a unique opportunity to gain comprehensive training in film and media studies while participating in a network of 15 leading programmes in Europe and Canada.
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: 6 September 2021
- End date: 30 September 2023
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.
2021 fees have not yet been set for this course. For the 2020 fees, please check the fees web page.
This is the full programme fee for a two-year programme.
Wednesday 11 August 2021. 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.
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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 2020–2021 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 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.
- 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.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2021 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.