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Film and Visual Culture, MA

University of Aberdeen
Program overview
48 months
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

Film and Visual Culture, MA

Our unique Film & Visual Culture programme at Aberdeen offers a rigorous training in the history and theory of the moving image, as well as the shifting terrain of 21st century visual culture.

You will combine the analysis of visual objects and artefacts– analogue and digital, moving and still, underground and mainstream – with theory to explore a range of underground and mainstream cinematic movements. You will also look at the practical elements of film and visual culture, including the production and circulation of film.

This broad, rigorous and enquiring approach is a great preparation for further study or for a career in the film industry, broadcasting, new media, journalism, teaching and other related fields. New opportunities in Scottish broadcasting are available through our Joint degree in Film and Visual Culture and Gaelic Studies.

As you learn, you will be inspired by our friendly and vibrant international community, on a beautiful medieval campus with great facilities for learning, sports and leisure and will have many opportunities to develop the extra skills and interests that will boost your employability further and to broaden your horizons through study abroad.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

Overall - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

  • Academic Writing for Language & Literature
  • Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen
  • Introduction to Visual Culture
  • Introduction to Film and the Cinematic Experience

Optional Courses

Select further courses of choice to make up 120 credit points.

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

  • Visualising Modernity
  • Visualising Revolution

Optional Courses

Select further courses of choice to make up 120 credit points.

Year 3

FS30EF Film and Politics: German and Austrian Filmmakers Facing T (30 credit points)

Compulsory Courses

  • Cinema and Science: Beyond Fiction A
  • The Art of Screen Writing
  • Cinematic Cities A
  • On Documentary: History, Theory and Practice
  • Landscapes of Film A
  • Performance Art

Optional Courses

Select 90 credit points from level 3 Film and Visual Culture courses, plus a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 4

Optional Courses

Select one of the following:

  • FS4002 Dissertation in Film and Visual Culture
  • FS4506 Dissertation in Film and Visual Culture

Plus select a further 90 credit from list of level 4 Film and Visual Culture courses below.

  • Dissertation in Film & Visual Culture
  • Dissertation in Film & Visual Culture
  • Confronting the Nazi Past in German and Austrian Film - B
  • Cinema and Science: Beyond Fiction B
  • Landscapes of Film B
  • Cinematic Cities B
  • Performance Art


  • RUK: £9,250
  • EU / International Students: £18,000
  • Home Students: £1,820

Career paths

Our Film & Visual Culture programme at Aberdeen is designed to advance your knowledge in the academic study of cinema and you will also have the opportunity to develop skills in digital video production and web design. This programme will provide you with an invaluable platform for further study or a career in the film industry. Previous graduates of our programme have gone on to work in areas such as broadcasting, teaching, new media and journalism.

About this institute

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...

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University of Aberdeen

King’s College
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Scotland, UK

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