Undergraduate 

Film & Television Studies MA

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This degree programme studies cinema and television as major forces of enjoyment and knowledge within modern culture.

The city of Glasgow is a major centre for film and television production, and practitioners and policy makers from the creative industries visit the University regularly.

  • September start: session dates
  • Film & Television Studies MA (Hons): P390 4 year degree

Film & Television Studies at Glasgow

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Film and Television Studies (FTVS) is a dynamic subject area, graduating students for the first time in 1986, and now located within the School of Culture and Creative Arts (SCCA) of the College of Arts. With a complement of some 13 academic staff, and approximately 500 students, it has achieved national and international distinction in the FTVS field.

Based in the Gilmorehill Centre, at the heart of the city’s West End, FTVS is a frequent host for cultural events linked to both the immediate area and the wider Glasgow setting (Bandstand-related screenings, primary school screenings, etc.) and serves as a regular meeting place for particular cine-related and broadcasting interest groups (the Radical Film Network, etc.); the annual Screen Conference takes place in the Gilmorehill Centre in June-July each year, attracting scholars from all corners of the world.

Intellectual work covers a broad range of engagements, from the critical-historical to more production-centred components, and is marked by an ongoing commitment to the integration of theory and practice, made in the interests of broadening recruitment, enhancing student employability, and pedagogic innovation within our disciplines. The subject area is now seeking to innovate and achieve distinction in the realm of practical Screen Production, a significant aspect of future development in the wider discipline of FTVS. Such investment is represented in undergraduate contexts by two particular honours options (Screen Production for Junior Honours/Screen Production for Senior Honours), available to all members of the MA programme.

The subject area enjoys historic links with the media-production sector in the city of Glasgow (BBC Scotland, Scottish Television, Glasgow Media Centre, Film City, independent film, television and digital media companies, etc.), and with related sites of curation and exhibition (National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive, Glasgow Film Theatre); of particular significance is the recent re-location of the Moving Image Archive to the refurbished Kelvin Hall, which incorporates a state-of-the art viewing theatre, online access to archival collections, and workstation facilities for private study.

FTVS enjoys close involvement with film-related events presences in the city’s cultural calendar (Glasgow Film Festival, Africa in Motion Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, etc). These are routinely supplemented by ‘pop-up’ events (the Rough Cuts Festival, student animation festival, etc.) occurring both as virtual and ‘real life’ experiences.

International exchanges are a distinctive feature of our work in FTVS; students participate in a network of study abroad programmes, with particularly well-established links in place between Queen’s University (Canada), The University of New South Wales (Australia), and the University of Hong Kong. Elsewhere, staff collaborate widely with international partners, including those based in the University of Stockholm, the University of Vienna, the University of Cape Town, and many others.

Programme structure

Years 1 and 2 provide a theoretical, critical and historical grounding. At Honours you will have the opportunity to combine core and optional courses involving more specialist study via these approaches, and to explore the role of practical work in enhancing understanding of both media.

Year 1

You will take two courses, which introduce techniques of film and television analysis, offer perspectives on film and television history, and examine the changing structures of cinema and television as industries:

  • Looking, listening, reading
  • Key moments in the developmentof film and television.

Year 2

You will extend this study with more detailed consideration of key theoretical concepts and historical methods, studying film and television alongside one another in two courses:

  • Spectatorship, audiences and identities
  • History, aesthetics and genre.

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.

Years 3 and 4

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) your studies will consist of a combination of compulsory core courses (Film analysis, Television analysis, Media and cultural policy) and specialist options. These will typically include courses devoted to:

  • particular periods and places (eg contemporary television drama, postwar Japanese cinema, Scottish film and television)
  • genres (eg animation, amateur cinema, documentary film and television)
  • theory and practice of film and television (eg digital media, television production, audiovisual team project, sound and film)
  • specific themes (eg screen performance, cinematic journeys, children’s television).

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Our international links

In your third year you have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or longer. We have particularly successful links with Queen’s University (Canada), the University of New South Wales (Australia) and the University of Hong Kong. See Study abroad.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2020

MA

A-levels

  • Standard entry requirements: AAB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum entry requirements: BBB considered for offer if meet additional requirements met.
  • Additional requirements: Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes MathematicsStatistics or Computing Science must also meet BSc requirements for those programmes. Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes Music must have Music at Grade B or ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.

Advanced Entry 

Advanced Entry allows highly qualified applicants to start their degree in year two of the four-year MA degree, completing their degree in three years instead of four.  

Choosing Advanced Entry will limit the flexibility of your degree. Certain subjects require Advanced Entry students to take Level 1 and Level 2 courses at the same time. Some degree combinations offered on UCAS might not be available due to timetable clashes between required courses. 

We will check all Advanced Entry applications to make sure your proposed degree can be delivered before we make an offer.  

Indicative Grades for Advanced Entry Consideration (in addition to having met the Standard and Additional Entry Requirements) 

  • A* AA including two subjects from English and Humanities or Modern Languages. See: Entry requirements: A-Levels for subject entry requirement classification.

About A-level entry requirements

The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).


A-Level qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.


Highers

  • S5 standard entry requirements: AAAA/AAABB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • S5 minimum entry requirements: ABBB to be considered for S6 offer.
  • S6 standard entry requirements: AAAAAB cumulative grade requirement for S6 offer holders.
  • Additional requirements: Higher English at Grade A or B and a Higher Humanities or Language subject at Grade A or B. Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes Mathematics, Statistics or Computing Science must also meet BSc requirements for those programmes. Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes Music must have Music at Grade B or ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow

  • Adjusted S5 standard entry requirements: AABB/ABBBB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Adjusted S5 minimum entry requirements: No minimum at S5.
  • Adjusted S6 standard entry requirements: AABB/ABBBB cumulative grade requirement for S6 offer holders. Considered for offer at BBBB.
  • Adjusted additional requirements: Higher English at Grade B and a Higher Humanities or Language subject at Grade B. Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes MathematicsStatistics or Computing Science must also meet BSc requirements for those programmes. Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes Music must have Music at Grade B or ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.

    Successful completion and grades in either the Top-Up Programme or Summer School.

Advanced Entry 

Advanced Entry allows highly qualified applicants to start their degree in year two of the four-year MA degree, completing their degree in three years instead of four.  

Choosing Advanced Entry will limit the flexibility of your degree. Certain subjects require Advanced Entry students to take Level 1 and Level 2 courses at the same time. Some degree combinations offered on UCAS might not be available due to timetable clashes between required courses.  

We will check all Advanced Entry applications to make sure your proposed degree can be delivered before we make an offer.  

Indicative Grades for Advanced Entry Consideration (in addition to having met the Standard and Additional Entry Requirements) 

  • Three Advanced Highers at Grades AAA which include two subjects from English and Humanities or Modern Languages. See: Entry requirements: Scottish Highers for subject entry requirement classification.

About Higher entry requirements

SQA Highers

The S5 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).

The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.

Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.

Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.

If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.



International

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,5 guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points including three HL subjects at 6,5,5 considered for offer if meet additional requirements met.
  • Additional requirements: Three HL subjects including English AND a Humanities or Language subject (SL6 will be considered for ONE). Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes MathematicsStatistics or Computing Science must also meet BSc requirements for those programmes. Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes Music must have A level Music/Higher Music at Grade B or ABRSM Grade 5 Theory. 

Advanced Entry 

Advanced Entry allows highly qualified applicants to start their degree in year two of the four-year MA degree, completing their degree in three years instead of four.  

Choosing Advanced Entry will limit the flexibility of your degree. Certain subjects require Advanced Entry students to take Level 1 and Level 2 courses at the same time. Some degree combinations offered on UCAS might not be available due to timetable clashes between required courses.  

We will check all Advanced Entry applications to make sure your proposed degree can be delivered before we make an offer.  

Indicative Grades for Advanced Entry Consideration (in addition to having met the Standard and Additional Entry Requirements) 

  • International Baccalaureate: 38 Points including three HL subjects at 6, 6, 6 which include two subjects from English and Humanities or Modern Languages. 
  • Advanced Placement: results of 5, 4, 4 (out of 5) OR two AP scores of 5 plus SAT at 1410 or ACT at 30 OR two SAT2 subjects at 700 plus SAT at 1410 or ACT at 30. 

About International Baccalaureate entry requirements

The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).


International Baccalureate qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.

European qualifications


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

English language requirements

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

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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 External Relations

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:


Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.


Career prospects

This programme is a valuable preparation for careers in various aspects of the media, arts and cultural industries. The immediate job destinations of some of our recent graduates have included production trainee for the Scottish Media Group and graphics operator for the sports technology specialists Deltatre.

Older graduates are now firmly established in their chosen creative fields, working for leading media companies such as Google and the BBC or as arts administrators, journalists and media academics.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

MA (Hons)

Film & Television Studies: P390 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Archaeology: VW46 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Classics: QP83 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Comparative Literature: PQ32 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Digital Media & Information Studies: GP53 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/English Literature: QW3P (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/French: RW16 (5 years)
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Film & Television Studies/German: RW26 (5 years)
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Film & Television Studies/History: VW16 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/History of Art: VW36 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Latin: P3Q6 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Music: WW36 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Philosophy: VW56 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Politics: LW26 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Portuguese: 8Y7M (5 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Scottish History: VWF6 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Scottish Literature: QW26 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Social & Public Policy: LW46 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Sociology: LW36 (4 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Spanish: P3R5 (5 years)
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Film & Television Studies/Theatre Studies: WW46 (4 years)
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has a total of 100 Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new international students for 2020 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.  

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RUK Access Bursary 2020 Entry

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2020/21, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

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RUK Excellence Scholarship 2020

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

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James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students of African/African-Caribbean backgrounds. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for one year of undergraduate study. The scholarship is open to both current and new applicants to the University.

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The Ronald and Rita McAulay Scholarship

Mr Ronald McAulay, alumnus of the University (MA 1965), and his wife Rita wish to establish a Scholarship to support students who are Hong Kong nationals wishing to take up an undergraduate course of study at the University of Glasgow.

The McAulays would like to establish a scholarship which encourages Hong Kong residents to achieve an international education, therefore the award will cover course tuition fees and a living cost stipend.

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Beaconhouse Schools

The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

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Humanitarian Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering four scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2020. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Residential Services section on the website.

We are also offering four scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £5,000 per year stipend toward living costs per year of study.

More Information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

If you wish to be considered for Honours Film & Television Studies you must apply using a UCAS code for Film & Television Studies. This is due to high demand for the subject.

Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

International students can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

How to apply for Advanced Entry

Apply for year 2 (Y2) on your UCAS application. If the specific subject is unavailable for Advanced Entry or your application for year 2 entry is unsuccessful, you will be automatically considered for year 1 entry. You do not have to submit a separate UCAS application.

Apply via UCAS

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