Film Studies PhD

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.

Why study with us?

My supervisors are well-versed in my research area, and are often able to recommend materials or approaches that I wouldn’t have considered. I recommend making the most of their assistance.

Bart Miller - PhD student
  • 72%

    of our publications were rated 4* and 3* ('world leading' and 'internationally excellent') REF (2014).

  • 90%

    of environment was rated 4* and 3* REF (2014).

Overview

In Modern Languages and Cultures (MLC), our research is characterised by an interest in the global dimensions of language-based study, including Hispanic, Lusophone and Francophone cultures and societies outside of Europe; migrant and transnational cultures in Europe; multilingualism; sociolinguistics; world cinema; the cultural impacts of European expansion and colonialism; global Black Studies; and the processes of translation and transculturation implicit in all those encounters.

We equally have significant research strengths in histories and memories, specifically in themes relating to representations of war and conflict in different international contexts. Several colleagues are developing engagement with digital transformations in research practices and themes, employing new technologies in the presentation of their research on periods from the Middle Ages to the contemporary world.

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.

Our research interests reflect our research themes. 

Research themes

Our research themes are:

• Post New Wave French cinema
• Political cinema in France post-1968
• The interaction of film and theatre
• The multilingual dimension of European cinema
• Contemporary and post-war German literature and film
• Italian crime film
• Brazilian cinema
• Latin American women film-makers
• Movement in Latin American cinema
• Cinematic realism
• Feminism in Spanish cinema and television
• Memory in Spanish cinema and television
• Contemporary world cinema
• Slow cinema.

Facilities

The University of Liverpool has excellent research facilities within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. For postgraduate researchers, these include designated shared office space and access to a vast repository of sociolinguistic journals (including e-journal), through the Sydney Jones Library.

As a postgraduate researcher at the University of Liverpool, you will become part of the Liverpool Doctoral College. The LDC supports all postgraduate researchers across the University to thrive in their doctoral programme with our dedicated team of esteemed supervisors, professional services staff, and student peers, ensuring that our students succeed in their studies.

Research groups

Most research-active colleagues are affiliated to one or more of our MLC research groups:

  • Image, Sound and Performance and Conflict
  • Memory and Heritage
  • Place, Space and Belonging
  • Media Histories: From Manuscript to Digital

MLC colleagues are also closely involved in the following research centres:


Study options and fees


PhD Duration Home/EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,407* (2020) £23,650* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020).
Part time 4-6 years £2,204* (2020) £11,825* (lab based programmes) £9,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020)

*This fees excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

^Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.


Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

Applications are welcomed from both full-time and part-time students. For research degrees, we would normally expect applicants to have a BA or BSc degree of 2:1 standard (and also an MA) in a subject relevant to the proposed field of research.

We welcome applications from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this research degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.


How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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