Benefiting from our close links to industry and national/ international research networks, you will be able to extend your critical and theoretical expertise of a specialist area of film and screen culture, and make an original contribution to knowledge through an individual piece of advanced research.
The School of Liberal and Performing Arts offers a stimulating and supportive intellectual environment, consisting of a diverse culture of interdisciplinary postgraduate research. You will benefit from working with a team of both research-active and industry-connected supervisors.
Students are encouraged to present their research findings at national and international conferences and symposia annually. Cheltenham’s vibrant cultural community, with its numerous festivals and events, provides a rich and lively learning environment for our students.
Participation in peer group seminars, screenings and workshops, in addition to university-wide visiting lecture programmes and events, is an integral part of the research student experience in film studies.
Research Areas:Our experienced team of internationally established, research-active staff are able to offer supervision across a wide range of subjects and themes, including:
- art-house and independent film cultures, practices and industries
- film audiences, identities and spectatorship
- cult cinemas, genres and fan cultures
- national and transnational cinemas and traditions
- representations of gender and sexuality in film and screen culture
- screenwriting, adaptation and theories of screen practice
- stardom and screen performance
Research in these areas is also promoted by the Centre for the Study of Film and Screen Cultures and the Being Human Research Centre.
All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers.
This research contributes to the subject community Literacy and Critical Studies and the research priority area Being Human: Past, Present and Future.
- MA by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area
- PhD: a masters degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to your proposed research topic
- We actively encourage applications from students from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
- EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent
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Dr. Robin Griffiths
Postgraduate Research Lead for the School of Liberal and Performing Arts
"Robin’s research over the past twenty years has been funded by both the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is primarily concerned with queer debates around national identity, spectatorship and representation."
Benefiting from our close links to industry and national/international research networks, you will be able to extend your critical and theoretical expertise.
Cheltenham’s vibrant cultural community, with its numerous festivals and events, provides a rich and lively learning environment for our students.
Opportunities for interdisciplinary research collaboration across the liberal and performing arts, and in such related areas as media and creative writing.