MA Film and Television

As screen-based media play a more central role in our lives, this course nurtures an advanced understanding of them, combining the critical skills needed to change the media industries with innovative, hands-on engagement with their inner workings.

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Why study MA Film and Television at BU? 

  • Deploy your creative skills to address inequalities and injustices, in both the media industries and the wider world
  • Work alongside internationally recognised experts in documentary, horror, science fiction, crime and espionage filmmaking
  • Interrogate the cultural significance of screen-based media using hands-on, practice-based research techniques
  • Investigate how film and television are constructed, how their industries operate, how they have developed over time, and how they continue to evolve and converge
  • Develop advanced research skills, to build a CV for a career in the media industries or academia
  • Work with producing, directing, scriptwriting, cinematography, sound and editing students to develop your intellectual and creative skills, and to foster a network of collaborators. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

This course equips you with the critical, creative, and intellectual skills to change the media industries for the better, through a deep, hands-on understanding of their histories, cultures, and practices.

You'll have the opportunity to complete your Master's project in collaboration with students from across the suite of Media Production postgraduate degrees. Gaining experience as a larger team allows you to develop skills that will prepare you for industry practice. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2023, January 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year full-time (September start). 20 months part-time (January start)

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course Details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

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Your application

On MA Film and Television, we are looking for applicants who:  

  • Seek to deploy their creative skills to identify, address and change injustices in the media industries and the wider world
  • Are passionate about exploring the world of film and TV cultures and industries 
  • Combine intellectual curiosity with creative flair
  • Will deploy critical autonomy to forge an advanced understanding of screen-based media
  • Are eager to add to our knowledge of how the world is mediated through film and television  
  • Wish to develop and apply skills suitable for research roles in the media industries and/or future PhD study. 

Entry requirements


Critical thinking, intellectual agility and the capacity to hone your creativity to enact meaningful change are among the most valuable skills in the twenty-first century. MA Film and Television is specifically designed to develop these core skills, equipping you for a career as a lifelong learner in either the media industries or academia. 

Cost and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

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Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

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