Film Studies

Learn in a city with a thriving independent film scene. Explore Brighton's many film festivals and work alongside experts in global cinema. Whether you're a Masters or PhD student, we have the learning resources and postgraduate support network to help you succeed at Sussex and in your future career.

Our Masters and PhD courses: 

Film studies MA

Study how film represents culture, economics and philosophy and develop your research and critical thinking skills. During our Film Studies MA, you learn about global cinema cultures, gender, history and popular culture. 

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What can I read to prepare? 

  • The Oxford Guide to Film Studies (John Hill and Pamela Church Gibson, 1998)
  • An Introduction to Film Studies (ed. Jill Nelmes, Fifth Edition, 2012)
  • How To Read A Film (James Monaco, Fourth Edition, 2009)
  • Film Studies: A Global Introduction (Glyn Davis, Kay Dickinson, Lisa Patti and Amy Villarejo, 2015).

Film Studies PhD

Join an internationally-recognised team of researchers and benefit from expert supervision across a range of topics including gender, sexuality and representation; film, history and popular culture and documentary. You'll join more than 75 doctoral students from all over the world. 

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Frances's student perspective

Brendan Maartens

'Completing my full-time MA in Film Studies was an intensely rigorous year, but more importantly a thoroughly enjoyable and intellectually stimulating experience I would highly recommend. The combination of core modules and options enable you to construct a truly interdisciplinary programme of study taught by a brilliant team of experts in their fields.'

Frances Hubbard
Film Studies MA