Dissertation MA Film Studies (834P4)

60 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

All year

The third term and the following long vacation are reserved for the research and writing of an 18,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choosing. Where the core and optional modules present a structured learning environment, with a schedule and bibliography prepared by the course leader, the dissertation constitutes an original and substantial project that is devised by the student themselves, in consultation with an academic supervisor. The dissertation allows you to pursue an independent, detailed investigation of a specific area of film studies to which you are personally committed, and to devise a research programme that will enable you to engage with appropriate scholarly methodologies and to frame and pursue pertinent research questions.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 600 hours of work. This breaks down into about 13 hours of contact time and about 587 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: