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MA Film and Television: Research and Production

University of Birmingham
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

MA Film and Television: Research and Production

The MA in Film and Television: Research and Production places employability and storytelling at the heart of the Program. Utilising a combination of theoretical approaches, critical engagement, creative practice and hands-on technical training, this MA gives you the chance to work within a dynamic and innovative department.

It combines rigorous academic training in research skills and methodology with technical and vocational training in designing, researching and editing audio-visual content. It also includes a media-focused work placement of up to 10 weeks.

Combining academic and professional training, the Program brings together theory and practice to enable students to develop key skills and abilities: creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.

This interdisciplinary masters Program is designed to help you take the specialist academic knowledge from your first degree and apply it in practical ways to kick-start your career in media production or scholarly research.

In addition to your MA, this Program also offers the opportunity to gain an industry-recognised qualification in Health and Safety for productions, which is a great enhancement to your CV. This is part of the Production Safety Passport Scheme approved by ScreenSkills (the skills body for the screen industries in the UK).

Admission requirements

We typically ask for an Honours degree, normally of an upper second-class standard, or equivalent. This does not have to be in a media or film-related discipline.

Applicants should have excellent communication skills, with high standards of both written and spoken English.

Academic requirements:

we accept a range of qualifications - our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements:

For this course, we ask for IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band. If you are made an offer of a place to study and you do not meet the language requirement, you have the option to enrol on our English for Academic Purposes Presessional course – if you successfully complete the course, you will be able to fulfil the language requirement without retaking a language qualification.

IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 76 with no less than 67 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced - minimum overall score of 185, with no less than 176 in any component

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Development and Production Processes for Film and Television

This module is delivered through a combination of small project assignments, masterclasses from industry experts, and group seminar work. It provides you with a realistic overview of the challenges and processes of research, development and commissioning for film, television and digital platforms.

Documentary Filmmaking

This module acquaints you with critical concepts in documentary filmmaking, recognisable across histories, genres, nationalities and media. Weekly seminars cover a range of styles and tones of documentary film from early cinema to reality television, providing you with a strong appreciation of the technical and editorial complexities of documentary filmmaking, and an understanding of the relationship between intention and form.

Research Skills in Film and Television

This module helps you to decide on a topic for your audio-visual or written dissertation and shows you how to plan your final piece of work. It guides you through using academic research resources such as journals and online databases, as well as developing research skills used specifically in the film and television industries.

Guided Editing/Guided Reading

This module helps to develop the skills required for your dissertation. For those wishing to complete an audio-visual dissertation, it trains you in the technical skills necessary to film, capture and edit digital film and video projects. Those completing a written dissertation will be trained in research and critical enquiry, and will work on a literature review to form the basis of their extended research project.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery


Full-time students will take three modules in the autumn term: Research Skills in Film and Television, Documentary Filmmaking, and Development and Production Processes (DPP). This is alongside practical training, lectures from industry professionals and employability workshops.

Guided Editing or Guided Reading will then be completed ahead of a May deadline, alongside the placement module. Placement arrangements will be bespoke for each student, with the written component of the module due in July.

The dissertation will be due in August, at the end of the year’s study.


In their first year, part-time students work alongside full-time students for two modules in the autumn term, Research Skills and Documentary Filmmaking. Part-time students will also attend practical training workshops, meaning they are fully equipped to participate in audio-visual production. They will then complete Guided Editing or Guided Reading in their first year, submitting in the summer.

In their second year, part-time students take Development and Production Processes in the autumn and work towards completion of their dissertation the following summer. It is possible for part-time students to undertake DPP in the autumn term of their first year, if they so wish.

The placement module is flexible across the two years, but the 2,500-word assignment will also be due in the summer of the second year.

The dissertation will be due in August, at the end of the second year of study.


Annual tuition fee for 2022:

  • UK: £9,810 full-time; £4,905 part-time
  • International: £21,240 full-time

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