Film Studies PhD

Major code: FLPR


This course offers opportunities for supervised research in Film Studies. Research interests in Film Studies in HLC draw on the expertise of staff in various European and extra-European national cinemas (French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Latin American especially Brazilian and Mexican) and we would be particularly eager to welcome projects with a comparative dimension.

Subject Overview

Research areas where we would welcome proposals include: multilingual film and cinematic language exchange; sound and music (especially in Spanish/ Latin American film); star studies and popular genres in Latin America; French cinema post-1968; post-Wende Germany on film; European cities on film (especially Berlin); true crime and cinematic realism in audiovisual culture Colleagues are actively involved in national and regional film-related research networks. Liverpool hosts a regular screen studies research seminar with about five invited speakers each semester; the city has a thriving film culture with opportunities to liaise with local arts organisations such as the Tate Liverpool and the city's arts cinemas.

Key Facts

REF 2014
72% of our publications were rated 4* and 3* (world leading and internationally excellent), which ranks Liverpool Modern Languages and Cultures as 14/57 in the sector. 90% of environment was also rated 4* and 3*.

Why Department of Modern Languages and Cultures?

Close-knit community

We are a smaller department than many nationally, but manage at the same time to maintain a variety of very distinctive areas of strength in research. As a result we are uniquely placed to offer taught programmes which are tailored to the individual in a friendly, supportive atmosphere and, for research students, close contact with your supervisors from the outset.

Interdisciplinary activity

The department of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises academic staff working across a wide range of language-based studies covering literature, new media, film, history, politics, culture and sociolinguistics. Alongside French, Italian and Chinese, the department also offers Film Studies. The Department is an active participant in the School’s inter-disciplinary research centres, including the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Eighteenth-Century Worlds research centre. Since 2010, we have been part of the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, one of four Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.