MA Film Studies

Academic Year 2020/2021

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The focus of the MA is on critical and historical studies of film and television with an emphasis on issues of gender, class, race/ethnicity, consumerism and citizenship within national, international and transnational contexts. The aim of the course is to provide you with an opportunity to engage at an advanced level with particular topics in screen culture while identifying, pursuing and developing your particular research interests. MA study facilitates the deepening of your understanding of film and television from within and beyond the canon in a variety of genres, periods and forms. You will acquire transferable analytical and practical skills which will benefit you whatever career path you may choose.  

  • The MA in Film Studies includes topics in television as well as film, a combination unique in Irish Universities
  • The MA is designed to enhance your fluency in critical media literacy
  • Sophisticated digital screening facilities at the UCD O’Kane Observatory

Careers & Employability

Many of our alumni work in a varitey of different sectors, including the theatre and film industries, print and broadcast media and cultural institutes, where a background in the humanities is particularly valued. Graduates have established careers in organisations including The Irish Times, RTE television and radio, the Irish Film Institute, the Dublin International Film Festival, and FilmBase. They have also secured roles in film production organisations both in Ireland and internationally, as well as in academia.

 

Curricular information is subject to change


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This MA is aimed primarily but not exclusively at those who have done some formal study of screen cultural practices at undergraduate level. 

The aim of the course is to provide you with an opportunity to engage at an advanced level with particular topics in screen culture and also to provide you with an opportunity to identity, pursue and develop your particular research interests. 

The MA in Film Studies is aimed primarily but not exclusively at those who have done some formal study of screen cultural practices at undergraduate level. Strong preparation in an adjacent humanities discipline is often sufficient for those who are willing to rapidly acquire discipline-specific vocabularies and concepts. The degree offers good preparation for further research work.  It is critical to note that despite the degree name students study television and new media in addition to film.

The aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for engagement at an advanced level with particular topics in screen culture and also to provide students with an opportunity to identify, pursue and develop their own particular research interest in the form of a minor dissertation. The programme features a wide choice of courses through which students will have access to experienced teachers and active researchers. A supportive environment is fostered by a first semester core module in Media Theory and Culture which involves intensive seminars, workshops and presentations.

It is customary in Film Studies to require end-of-term essays that entail significant original research on the part of the student. In recent years, assessment methods have been diversified to incorporate in-class group work, peer review, oral presentation based on assigned readings and a greater variety of short essays, blog pieces and workshops in which students detail essay plans and explore critical concepts.

Some students will see this MA as a preparation for PhD research and an academic career. Most will see it as a way of acquiring knowledge and skills which will help further their careers in the print and broadcast media, the film industry, arts/cultural administration and management, education and cultural institutions including libraries and archives.  

    On completion of this programme students will have:

    • Acquired an advanced understanding of film and television from within and beyond the canon in a variety of genres, periods and forms.
    • Acquired advanced critical literacy in relation to media as a “life skill” that fosters more reflective, engaged citizenship.
    • Acquired critical media literacy skills and put these into use in the writing of essays and in the generation and seeing through to completion of an original, advanced research project.
    • Acquired transferable analytical and practical skills, which will be of benefit in whatever career path they may choose.
    • Built on their undergraduate work through a more advanced and specialized analysis of media forms, histories and cultures.

    MA Film Studies (Z032) Full Time
    EU          fee per year - € 7315
    nonEU    fee per year - € 19900

    MA Film Studies (Z340) Part Time
    EU          fee per year - € 4390
    nonEU    fee per year - € 9950

    ***Fees are subject to change

    Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

    Each year the School of English, Drama and Film offers a number of Scholarships for MA study:  these consist of a number of tuition bursaries of 1,000 euro, and one bursary 5,000 euro, which will be awarded to the hightest-ranked applicants to the School's MA programmes, including the MA in Film Studies.

    http://www.ucd.ie/englishdramafilm/newsandevents/mabursaries2016-2017/#d.en.329537

    In any year, the availability of and number of Scholarships will be recommended by the BA Programme Board to the Principal of the College of Arts and Humanities and the Principal of the College of Human Sciences for their approval.  Please see 

    http://www.ucd.ie/scholarships/prospectivestudents/prospectivepostgraduate/academic/

     

     

    A BA (Hons) or a Bachelors in a cognate area (NFQ Level 8) with a 2.1 classification or equivalent* is normally required. 
    *equivalencies will vary depending on grade scale of award presented but will generally require a grade average of B or a GPA no less than 3.08.

    • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.
    • Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information: https://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/int%20pmp/

    Shannon Lawlor
    MA 2016

    The MA in Film Studies in UCD was an outstanding opportunity to explore and develop my passion for film and media in an academic setting. I found the diversity of the topics covered in this programme vital to my understanding of film. The modules offered helped to hone my analytic skills, while independent research allowed me to apply these skills to my own areas of interest. I found the support offered at UCD, from the staff to the library resources, invaluable in this endeavour and extremely accessible to students from a variety of backgrounds. With UCD being one of the most welcoming campuses in Ireland, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in the MA and have no regrets about my time spent there. Doing this MA programme fostered my interest in this field and I now hope to pursue a PhD in film at UCD. I am extremely grateful for the chance to study what I love, and this is exactly what this MA offered me.

    Ryan Dorrian 
    MA 2018

    After completing an undergraduate degree in UCD, I had a desire to further my academic pursuits through the university’s MA in Film Studies. The course offers a variety of diverse modules, which allowed my classmates and I to examine a range of screen media, through a multitude of academic frameworks and historical contexts. In addition to the coursework that is assigned in the core and optional modules, I was provided the opportunity to pursue my own research interests through the thesis component of the course. This independent learning is facilitated through the guidance of the department’s knowledgeable lecturers, who constructively mentor students through the process. I able to develop my own research topics through a diverse and vast array of academic resources offered through the university’s multiple libraries and facilities.

    The following entry routes are available:

    MA Film Studies FT (Z032)
    Duration
    1 Years
    Attendance
    Full Time
    Deadline
    Closed
    MA Film Studies PT (Z340)
    Duration
    2 Years
    Attendance
    Part Time
    Deadline
    Closed