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Humanities (Film) MRes

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Full time | Keele University | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Humanities / General Studies / Combined Studies Film Studies

Course type


Course Summary

On this Master of Research (MRes), you'll be supported to build a bespoke programme of advanced research and study to match your personal and professional interests - you can learn a language, explore palaeography, broaden your field of study, or complete a work placement. Recognising that film has become one of the 20th and 21st centuries' most pre-eminent and influential forms of art and mass entertainment, the Film pathway develops your knowledge of global film industries, and a range of historical and contemporary film theory and practice.


Highly flexible and with a focus on one-to-one supervision throughout the course, you can tailor this MRes around your research and career plans. You’ll graduate with knowledge of research design, methods and processes, together with the creative, critical, reflexive, and analytical mindset that employers desire. The MRes can also be used as a stepping-stone to further research at PhD level.

From the outset, you will be paired with an experienced supervisor to support your personal and professional development, working together to advance your research interests and develop your individual research, writing and communications skills.

Film Studies is a broad, challenging, exciting and relatively new discipline that allows you to engage imaginatively with films from the past and present, and from a variety of different global cultures, developing your skills in critical analysis and argument.

On the MRes Humanities (Film) pathway, you’ll be taught by internationally-recognised researchers and experienced practitioners in their fields. Their specialisms include: Film history; Film and Television and aesthetics; Documentary filmmaking; Short filmmaking; Mobility in film; Social realism; and Film and Politics. You'll develop key transferrable skills in research, analysis and communication to enhance your career prospects across a range of sectors or to prepare you for further academic study.

As part of the bespoke Individual Research Orientation module, you’ll agree a tailored learning plan to expand your knowledge, skills and experience. For example, you can learn a foreign language, study subject matter from a different discipline like statistical modelling or improve your ability to read old manuscripts.

Using our contacts or through your own networks, you can also undertake a work experience placement here in the UK or abroad. In the past, our students have helped staged exhibitions, catalogued an archive, reviewed educational material and reflected on the selection of historical textbooks in a school.

The School of Humanities benefits from world-leading and internationally excellent research across the main areas of humanities: English Literature; Creative Writing; English and American Literature; Film Studies; History; Media, Communications and Creative Practice; and Music and Music Technology.

This wide range of staff expertise not only enables us to offer five specialist pathways (in English, Film, History, Media, or Music), but also considerably broadens the scope for potential interdisciplinary research topics. This makes it an ideal choice for students who want the freedom to conduct in-depth research on a subject of their choosing, while also receiving the guidance expected of a taught master’s.


This module aims to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for the advanced critical analysis of theories related to contemporary film theory and practice. You will investigate the possibilities and limitations of film language, its influence on how we understand our own (and others') history, and our various forms of identity (individual, national, sexual, racial). You?ll deepen your understanding of how films function within the cultures of which they are part, as well as the ways in which the formal characteristics of film have developed over time and across diverse cultures. Topics covered will include authorship in film, and theories of the auteur; genre theory in its historical development and its modern configurations; issues of national cinemas, aesthetics and identities; ideologies about gender and race, and how these impact on the ways identity is generated in film.

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Entry requirements

Students must have an undergraduate degree with at least a Second-Class, upper division Honours degree (2:1) or international equivalent. An academic reference may be requested to further your application.