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 policymakers 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

Film & Television Studies (FTVS) is a dynamic subject area in the School of Culture & Creative Arts and has achieved national and international distinction in the field.

Cultural connections

Based in the Gilmorehill Centre, we are a frequent host for cultural events in Glasgow (Bandstand-related screenings, primary school screenings, etc) and serve as a regular meeting place for particular cine-related and broadcasting interest groups (the Radical Film Network etc). The annual Screen Conference takes place here each summer, attracting scholars from all corners of the world.

We have close involvement with film-related events 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. 

Links with industry

We enjoy 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 relocation 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. 

Screen production options

We are 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. We have two particular Honours options (Screen production for Junior Honours/Screen production for Senior Honours), available to students on the MA programme.

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 development of film & 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 on particular periods and places (eg postwar Japanese cinema, Scottish film and television); genres (eg animation, amateur cinema); theory and practice of film and television (eg digital media, television production); and specific themes (eg screen performance, 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

International exchanges are a distinctive feature of our work. 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 2023

Summary of entry requirements for Film & Television Studies

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)

  • AAAAA Higher or AAAA Higher+B Advanced Higher (BBBB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S5 or S6)

  • MD20: BBBB (also other target groups*)
  • MD40: AABB*
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: one A-level Humanities subject.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL English and HL Humanities subject.

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

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)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Cambridge English Qualifications

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169

School Qualifications

  • iGCSE English or ESOL 0522/0500, grade C
  • International Baccalaureate English A SL5 or HL5
  • International Baccalaureate English B SL6 or HL5
  • SQA National 5 English or ESOL, grade B
  • SQA Higher English or ESOL, grade C
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, English Language grade 4
  • West African Examination Council, Senior Secondary School Certificate, English grade C6

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

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 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.

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 location assistant for feature film productions in Scotland and development assistant at Syncronicity Films.

Older graduates are now firmly established in their chosen creative fields, working for leading media companies such as the BBC 

Degrees and UCAS codes

Due to high demand, if you wish to be considered for Honours Film & Television Studies you must apply using a UCAS code for Film & Television Studies.

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.

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

How to apply

Due to high demand, if you wish to be considered for Honours Film & Television Studies you must apply using a UCAS code for Film & Television Studies, either as a single subject or as a Joint Honours combination.

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

SQA applicants who are eligible for our Widening Participation programmes are encouraged to participate in one or more of these programmes, including Summer School, to support your application and the transition to higher education.

International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 26 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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