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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Film / Video Production Documentary Photography

Course type


Course Summary

Our pioneering MA programme guides you to find and tell the stories that matter to you. You'll explore the practice and theory of documentary film while you develop your unique voice as a filmmaker, accumulating excellent production and documentary-making skills. In addition, you'll learn specialist research skills that will aid your career.

  • Develop your distinct creative voice and create a solid portfolio of work
  • Train as an all-rounder with great production skills and film-funding experience
  • Learn from respected filmmakers and internationally renowned academics


  • Bespoke 41-seat cinema and state-of-the-art black box film studio facilities
  • Up-to-date camera and post-production technology and equipment, supported by experienced staff
  • Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including our Postgraduate Reading Room
  • Our new Graduate Centre: purpose-built study spaces and a roof-top common room with a terrace

Career paths

You will complete this programme with a portfolio of films, an impressive array of practical skills and specialist knowledge of documentary filmmaking, so you will be well-prepared for a successful career in the creative industries, in areas such as broadcast television, independent film production and teaching.

You'll also have excellent research skills, preparing you for doctoral study.

These transferable skills, coupled with the networking opportunities on our programme, have allowed graduates of this programme to move into a range of careers, such as:

  • Production
  • Documentary making
  • Film research

Different course options

Full time | Mile End | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Documentary in its simplest of forms is a recording of an act. The film camera is first and foremost a recording instrument, whether it captures 'life caught unawares' or a fictional scenario. This module examines the history of 'non-fiction' filmmaking in the 20th and 21 st century through the understanding of documentary styles and genre. Political, social, ethical and historical issues will be addressed through the engagement of theory and practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in Humanities or a creative arts discipline.