Film Studies (Film & Philosophy Pathway Available)

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

This course has been designed for students who want to deepen their knowledge of the world's cinemas and is taught at the leading centre for film studies in London. It offers an extensive range of options covering all aspects of film style, representation, spectatorship and philosophical approaches.

Our perfect location close to BFI Southbank (including the BFI Library), Southbank Centre, and Tate Modern means you will be studying in the heart of London with access to fantastic resources. The course is ideal for careers in the media, arts and related culture industries, or preparation for further study.

Key benefits:

  • Internationally renowned staff.
  • Focus on cutting-edge ideas and developments in film culture.
  • Ranges across European, American and World cinema from highbrow to lowbrow.
  • Located in the heart of London.
  • Film & Philosophy pathway available.

Who should take this course

We have designed this course for students who want to deepen their knowledge of the world's cinemas and explore the very latest approaches to studying them.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

A Film & Philosophy pathway is also available for this course.

Required Modules:

You are required to take:

  • Dissertation (90 credits)
  • Formations of Film Studies: an Advanced Introduction to the Field (20 credits)

If you are taking the Film & Philosophy pathway you are required to take at least two modules from a list that typically includes:

  • Cinema & Sentiment (20 credits)
  • Experimental Film & Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Film History & the Cinema Experience (20 credits)
  • Thinking Cinema (20 credits)
  • Reconfiguring Film Theories & Philosophies: A Cross-cultural Perspective (20 credits)
  • Media Aesthetics (20 credits)

Optional Modules:

Both pathways:

In addition, you are required to take 40 to 80 credits (depending on your pathway) from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • History & Memory in Film (20 credits)
  • Cinema & War (20 credits)
  • 21st Century Hollywood (20 credits)
  • French Cinema: History, Ideology, Aesthetics (20 credits)
  • Film History & the Cinema Experience (20 credits)
  • Art Cinema (20 credits)
  • Thinking Cinema (20 credits)
  • Popular European Cinema (20 credits)
  • Cinema & Sentiment (20 credits)
  • Experimental Film & Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Analysing Film Performance (20 credits)
  • Reconfiguring Film Theories & Philosophies: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (20 credits)
  • Global Queer Cinema (20 credits)
  • The Moving Image of Art (20 credits)
  • A range of Master's modules offered across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or
  • Global Institutes, subject to approval
  • Up to 20 credits from master's modules offered by similar Departments within the
  • University of London, or from other members of the Screen Studies Group (Birkbeck, SOAS, Goldsmith's, UCL and QMUL), subject to approval

If you are a part-time student, you will take your dissertation in your second year, along with 40 credits of optional modules. You will take everything else in your first year.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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