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 small but growing department and have developed 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. 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.