Film & Television Studies MLitt

Film & Television Studies

The MLitt in Film & Television Studies, taught in Scotland’s media capital, offers the opportunity for the critical study of film and television. This well-established programme aims to provide an advanced understanding of the approaches and methodologies in Film & Television Studies and to equip you with core research skills for advanced study in this field.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • You will be studying in Glasgow, one of the leading media cities in the UK, and be based at our Gilmorehill Centre, with its own cinema as well as extensive collection of video, DVD and digital resources.
  • The Gilmorehill Centre is home to the international journal Screen and hosts the annual Screen conference every summer, attracting leading names in film and television studies from across the world. You will have the opportunity to participate in the conference as well as to engage with guest speakers from the academy and media industries throughout the year.
  • The Masters is designed for those with some background in film, television, media or communication studies (or related fields) who are contemplating, or developing, a career in media research or criticism. It is particularly relevant as preparation for further postgraduate research in film and television.

Programme structure

The MLitt has three components:

A Core Course

Taught from September-March, which introduces the breadth of film and television studies as a discipline whilst developing core research skills. It is taught by staff working within the programme, giving you access to our wide range of expertise and approaches.

Three optional courses, selected from:

  • a range of bespoke courses drawing on the research specialisms of the subject team. Recent options have included Critical theories of digital media; Documentary in film and television; History of critical writing on film and television; Multistrand narratives in the fiction film; Film and movement; Ethnicity and identity.
  • courses which are offered as part of the MSc in Media Management (Media economics, Media and cultural policy, Issues in audience management)
  • and you may choose one course from our undergraduate programme which cover a range of national and transnational cinemas (Scotland in film and television; New German cinema; Asian cinemas; Australian film and television; American independent cinema), periods (Interwar cinemas; Hollywood in the 1990s), genres (Children’s television; Contemporary television drama), approaches (Studies in authorship; Feminist film theory) and themes (Television, memory & the archive; Screen audiences; Screen violence; Sound in film & television; Studies in authorship).


A 15,000 word dissertation (May-September) on an aspect of film and/or television of your choosing, under the supervision of a dedicated member of staff.


The MLitt in Film & Television Studies at the University of Glasgow is a well-established programme taught in Scotland’s media capital. We have an excellent reputation for both teaching and research making this the ideal location for postgraduate study. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Film & Television Studies at Glasgow was ranked top of all courses in the UK in our discipline, with a student approval rating of 98%.

In the REF 2014, Theatre, Film and Television Studies and the Centre for Cultural Policy Research performed impressively with 80% of its research evaluated as world leading or internationally excellent.

The MLitt in Film & Television Studies is aimed at students with some background in film, television, media or communication studies contemplating – or developing - a career in media research, criticism or administration, and is particularly relevant as preparation for further postgraduate research in film and television. This programme is designed to give you a wide-ranging knowledge of Film & Television Studies as a discipline, building core skills in relevant research methodologies and providing opportunities to develop specialist knowledge of selected areas of interest.  It is also designed to help you develop research, writing and professional skills which will be transferrable to doctoral study or employment. As such, we employ a range of assessment strategies - including detailed textual analysis, group presentations, literature reviews and extended research essays. In the final part of the programme, you will formulate and carry out a substantial piece of research on a topic of your choice within Film & Television Studies, under the expert supervision of an assigned member of academic staff.

The programme is taught in the Gilmorehill Centre which offers its own cinema – where you will gather every week for the screenings which are a core part of the curriculum – as well as a Resources Room where you can access our Media Archive which has more than 6000 holdings, complementing the Library’s extensive collection of Film & Television books and periodicals. The building is the centre of a lively postgraduate culture in the related areas of Film & Television Studies, Theatre and the Centre for Cultural Policy Research. We have around 100 postgraduate students: this includes students on our taught courses (Film & Television Studies; Film Journalism; Media Management; Playwriting and Dramaturgy; and, new for 2012, ) as well as our research students, whose diverse interests range from film festivals, to national and transnational cinemas, film stars, and media audiences. We have a number of research students funded under the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme who are working alongside organisations including BBC Scotland, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Glasgow Film Theatre. Postgraduates organise many events through the year, including screenings, reading groups, social events and the annual postgraduate student symposium.

The Gilmorehill Centre is also home to the international journal Screen and the annual Screen conference is held here every summer, attracting leading names in Film & Television Studies from across the world. Students have the opportunity to participate in the conference as well as to engage with guest speakers from the academy and media industries throughout the year in our research seminar programme.

Core and optional courses

The programme is made up of three equally-weighted components

  • The Core Course (60 credits): taught from September to March
  • Optional Courses (3 x 20 credits): full-time students usually study one topic course in semester one, and two in semester two
  • Dissertation: written during the final phase of the course, from May to September

Core Course

Our core course offers the opportunity to provide an engagement with the breadth of Film & Television Studies as a discipline whilst developing core research skills. As such, it is taught by all staff working within Film & Television Studies, giving you access to our wide range of expertise and approaches to our discipline. The course is structured around four main blocks: textual analysis of film and television; theoretical debates; current research; and ‘best practice’ in our field. Each block has a different mode of assessment – textual analysis; literature review; group presentation of a research proposal; critical essay – allowing you to develop your research and presentational skills in a variety of contexts.  Teaching takes the form of a weekly screening and seminar.

Optional courses

The optional courses on offer vary from year-to-year as they offer an opportunity to engage with staff research specialisms. Each year we anticipate offering:

  • an option on advanced topics in film studies;
  • an option on advanced topics in television studies;
  • an option on experimental media,
  • an option on the study of festivals;
  • an option on the study of the concept of time and media.

Students with a particular interest in media industries may choose one or more of the following options offered as part of the MSc in Media Management:

  • Media Economics
  • Media and Cultural Policy
  • Issues in Audience Management

Finally, you may choose one course either from another related Masters programme, or from our undergraduate programme. Our undergraduate options also vary from year to year but offer the opportunity to engage with:

  • genres (e.g. Amateur Cinema, Children’s Television, Contemporary Television Drama, Documentary Film & Television, Animation)
  • periods (e.g. Interwar Cinemas, Hollywood in the 1970s)
  • topics (e.g. Screen Audiences, Feminist Film Theory, Cinematic Journeys)
  • or national/transnational cinemas (e.g. Asian Cinemas, Australia in Film & Television, Scotland in Film & Television, Italian Cinema, New German Cinema)

Assessment of optional courses will vary depending on the learning objectives of the course but may include: academic essays;  reports; research proposals; detailed sequence analysis; group projects and presentations.


The dissertation is your opportunity to explore your own specialist interest in Film & Television Studies and to demonstrate the research and writing skills you have developed during the course. With the advice of your supervisor you will develop a topic, undertake research, and write a 15,000 word dissertation which you will submit in September.  Recent dissertation projects have included:

  • The ‘Queer’ Irish Man: Masculinity, Nationalism and Irish Queer Cinema
  • From Stage to Screen: The Comedy Performer’s Journey (focusing on Chris Rock)
  • Gender, Genre and Adaptation: A Case Study of True Blood
  • Cinema Culture in Post-War Glasgow, 1945-55
  • What do you mean by ‘Korean Cinema’?: The Problem of Distributing a ‘National’ Cinema
  • Giallo and Gender: Beyond Argento
  • BBC’s Tribe: An Investigation into the Depiction of Indigenous Peoples on Television

Student testimonials

"Having completed an undergraduate degree with the Film and Television studies at Glasgow University, and currently undertaking a M. Litt., I feel I am in a position to highly recommend the department to anyone interested in pursuing an academic career in Film and Television studies. Over the course of the five years I’ve been here the courses have been as consistently interesting as the lecturers and tutors have been engaging and inspiring. Complemented by excellent facilities the film and television department at Glasgow is a stimulating environment which has helped me develop my interest in the field as well as helping me find where my specific interests lie."

- Stuart Bell, M.Litt. Film and Television Studies

Allison MacLeod"While doing my M.Litt. in Film and Television Studies I was impressed by how it allows students to discover and explore their own research interests by exposing them to a wide range of theoretical material and film and television texts.  Being from Canada, I was concerned with having a lack of knowledge about British media and cultural policy.
However the program's inter-disciplinary structure, its international reach and its strong system of support in terms of fellow students and the teaching faculty dispelled all my concerns.  Ultimately my positive experience with the M.Litt. program was a leading factor in my decision to continue on with my PhD study in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow."

- Allison Macleod, M.Litt. and now PhD student in Film and Television Studies


Our facilities include a 140 seat cinema, a studio theatre and a large flexible-stage theatre seating over 200 spectators.

Andrew Stewart Cinema

Cinema view from backThe Cinema is used for lectures and screenings. The following media can be projected:

  • 35mm film
  • 16mm film
  • Blu-ray
  • DVD
  • VHS
  • Mini DV
  • Computer data

Video Editing

‌We have 2 non-linear digital video edit suites installed in the building in recognition of the fact that TFTS have been developing a need for high-quality, digital editing facilities to be accessible on-demand by students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, working on Video Production Projects or on Multimedia Production and moving-image digitisation assignments of various kinds.

Suite number 1 consists of

  • Matrox RT.X100 with Adobe Production Studio Standard special bundle (includes Premiere Pro 2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe After Effects Standard 7)
  • 3.20 Ghz 800FSB Intel Pentium® 4 "640" LGA 775 CPU HT 2MB Cache with Intel® EM64T
  • 300GB Maxtor SATA hard drive
  • 120GB Seagate EIDE 7200RPM UDMA hard drive
  • 2 x 512MB DDR2 533 RAM
  • Gainward 256MB nvidia 6600 PCI Express graphic card
  • 2 x 17" TFT Samtron black and silver SM74v monitor
  • Pioneer 110 Beige DVD Writer Dual layer 4 x +/-, Single layer DVD +/- 16 speed

Suite number 2 is an older Matrox RT2000 system with dual monitors running Adobe Premiere 6.0

Resources Room

Resource Room computer workstationsThe Resources Room (RR) is an indispensable part of our teaching, learning and research environment. It provides a suitable environment, encouraging student users to take  increased responsibility for their own learning while supporting them in the development of approaches to independent study and the acquisition of  'transferable' skills. It also provides a flexible infrastructure within which methods of teaching and assessment related to information technology can be introduced.

The RR consists of 19 fully networked PCs, 12 TV/VHS workstations with DVD and digital satellite viewing also available, and an extensive, fully computerised video library (VHS/DVD) of over 6000 items including feature films, television programmes, cinema shorts, recorded theatrical performances, extracts and documentaries relating to a wide range of cinema, broadcasting and theatre activity.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 68; minimum 60 in writing

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2016-17


Home and EU
Full time fee£6950
Part time 20 credits£772
Full time fee£15250

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

The programme provides an excellent foundation for an academic career in this field and we provide support and guidance on PhD applications and funding opportunities if you are considering this path.

As an MLitt student, you will have plenty of opportunity to meet and work with our PhD students – for example, through the annual postgraduate conference – and find out about the range of research projects in which they are involved: from AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Projects with industry partners (BBC Scotland, the Glasgow Film Festival), to personally-conceived projects on filmmakers, genres, periods, or themes within film and television studies.

While the MLitt is a good training for PhD study, graduates go on to a range of careers in the media and creative industries including film education, festival management and programming, and arts administration as well as to research roles in television, academia, or the public sector.

Positions held by recent graduates include Celebrity Management Consultant, Director and University Teacher.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 22 July 2016 
  • UK and EU applications: 26 August 2016

Classes start September 2016 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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