We offer research programmes in both critical and creative practice. These are designed for students who wish to conduct research into historical or broader theoretical issues in film and audiovisual cultures, or those who are interested in practice-led research. We encourage cross-disciplinary projects, especially those involving other areas within the School of Creative Arts. There are three programme routes:
PhD in Film and Visual Studies (Creative Practice)
Students opting for the PhD (Creative Practice) route will produce a body of supervised creative work, accompanied by a written critical treatment contextualising this work with the broader field of film and audiovisual cultures. We are particularly interested in applications in the following areas: Documentary Film, Conflict Transformation, New Media and Experimental Aesthetic Practices.
PhD in Film and Visual Studies (Critical Practice)
The PhD in Film and Visual Studies (Critical Practice) route offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced, original research in one of our current areas of specialisation: cinema history and historiography; sound and film; world and comparative film studies; documentary film; and Irish film and audiovisual culture.
The third route, the MPhil, also offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced research in either critical or creative practice in one of our areas of specialisation.
Mode of study/duration
Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).
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Documentary and ethnographic film
Irish film and audiovisual culture
Relations between film and the visual arts
World and comparative film studies
British film and cinema
Film controversy and film censorship
Professor Cahal McLaughlin
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The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School of Arts, English and Languages.
PhD Integrated Pathway (4 Years)
The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences PhD Integrated 4 year programme will constitute 1 year of taught modules, independent study to develop research skills and PhD study proposal, followed by progression to a further 3 years of PhD research.
Students of the 4 year programme will benefit from:
- An additional year to develop research skills and subject expertise through taught modules
- A more thorough understanding of the demands of PhD study
- Enhanced support to develop a robust and feasible research proposal for PhD
- A stronger foundation from which to deliver a successful PhD thesis
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For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
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Tuition fees for students from Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and the EU have not been set for 2020-21. The tuition fees for 2019-20 was £4,327. This normally increases by inflation annually and will be set in January 2020. The international fee quoted above is for the academic year 2020-21.
Film Studies costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.
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Queen's has seven outstanding competitive Doctoral Training Centres, with each one providing funding for a number of PhD positions and more importantly a hub for carrying out world class research in key disciplines.
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The UK Government will introduce new doctoral loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes from 2019.
Loans will be offered to English-resident students to study all types of doctorate at universities across the UK.
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Information on scholarships for international students, is available at www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships.
If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.
To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.
You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.
Fees and Funding
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For more information please read our Equality and Diversity Policy.
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