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 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
See the further details of tuition fees when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Dr. Paul Vare
Postgraduate Research Lead - School of Education
"Starting as a teacher in UK and Tanzania Paul soon switched to community-based environmental education firstly in Leicester and then Mount Elgon, Uganda. His career focused on international education and sustainability projects working for charities but with communities, large corporations and governments including the UN. Paul joined here in 2013 following his interest in teaching and research."
- Burch, Cathy and Vare, Paul (2019-07-30) Stepping up in modern foreign languages: professional development across the primary to secondary school transition. Language Learning Journal, 47 (4), pp.1-15. ISSN 0957-1736.
- Vare, Paul and Arro, Grete and de Hamer, Andre and Del Gobbo, Giovanna and de Vries, Gerben and Farioli, Francesca and Kadji-Beltran, Chrysanthi and Kangur, Mihkel and Mayer, Michela and Millican, Richard and Nijdam, Carlien and Réti, Monika and Zachariou, Aravella (2019-03-29) Devising a Competence-Based Training Program for Educators of Sustainable Development: Lessons Learned. Sustainability, 11 (7), pp.1890. ISSN 2071-1050.
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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.