The MPhil in Film and Screen Studies at Cambridge provides advanced training in study of the theory and history of film and other screen media in a vibrant interdisciplinary context. The moving image is explored in relation to the development of modern and contemporary culture, and to the history and theory of other media (literature, music, the visual arts, architecture, the digital). Students are immersed in a research environment that emphasises work on geopolitics, early cinema, art cinema and the avant garde, theory, aesthetics, and gender and sexuality.The MPhil is offered by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages as a 9 month full-time period of research and introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge.
The course aims:
These aims are achieved by
In addition to these subject-specific skills, the following general transferable skills are also acquired:
General transferable skills
a. The relatively intense timetable of the MPhil demands that students develop exemplary time-management skills. They work in collaboration with their supervisors to devise appropriate plans of study, and have to ensure that they meet all deadlines, formal and informal.
b. Students are expected to make regular presentations in seminar situations. This develops their oral presentation skills.
c. Written work is assessed on the basis of a demonstration of scholarly research and critical analysis. That is, students are expected to present a lucid, coherent and carefully substantiated exposition of a critical viewpoint. Writing must be in clear, grammatically correct, continuous prose, and must function as a single, comprehensible, persuasive, cumulative demonstration, not as a series of disconnected insights. The organisation of the argument of the essay or thesis, and its prose style, are of crucial importance.
By the end of the programme students will have:
For those applying to continue from the MPhil to PhD, the minimum academic standard is a distinction on the MPhil.
The Film and Screen Studies MPhil is a nine-month course that runs from October to June of any given academic year. It is classified as a research Master's. Students are expected to submit coursework and a thesis during the year, as follows:
Michaelmas Term: Core Course
During the first term of study, students attend weekly seminars and film screenings designed to give them a broad insight into moving image theory and culture. Half of the Core Course focuses on combining the study of classical and contemporary film and visual theory; the other half hones in on specialized historiographic and theoretical problems in the study of moving image media. The Course is, thus, both intensively grounding and intellectually expansive. At the end of this term, students submit one essay. The essay focuses on a specific theoretical framework or critical approach.
Lent Term: Modules
Students can choose from a range of module options. Some focus on the moving image, others are shared with different MPhils (e.g. European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures & Cultures; English: Culture and Criticism) and other departments and Faculties within the University, such as Architecture & History of Art, English, and Latin American Studies, among others. (The list of modules can change from year to year depending on the availability of academic staff.)
During Lent Term, students attend weekly group seminars led by the module convenor. Essays are submitted at the end of Lent Term.
Lent term modules may include:
During this term, students write a thesis. Theses must, according to the criteria laid down by the Board of Graduate Studies, 'represent a contribution to learning'. Theses must be written in English. The arrangements for their preparation are similar to those for the essays. Titles are chosen by students, in consultation with module convenors and/or prospective supervisors, and then have to be approved by the Faculty Degree Committee.
Topics and precise thesis titles must be submitted by a specific deadline in Lent Term. Up to this point the Course Director is the titular supervisor of MPhil students, but once the thesis topics are approved, a specialist supervisor is appointed for each student.
Students are expected to take part in fortnightly research events that take place across the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. Leading scholars in film and screen studies will deliver lectures and also meet with students in master class seminars. Students are asked to compile an (unassessed) dossier of critical responses to these events. Participation in these events allows students to engage intensely but also informally with innovative researchers.
|One to one supervision||
7 hours per year (1 hour for each of the three essays, plus 4 hours for the thesis)
|Seminars & classes||
Approximately 26 hours per year (18 hours of module seminars plus at least 8 hours of research seminars).
32 hours per year (core course lecture classes)
Students can expect to receive an online feedback report each term. Also feedback on the essays and thesis are provided in the form of a written report.
Students will be asked to submit a thesis of no more than 15,000 words. The examiners have the option to conduct an oral examination with the candidate.
Students will be asked to submit 3 x 4,500 word essays.
Student are asked to submit a non-assessed dossier of short critical responses to research seminars.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.