Film Studies BA (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: P303
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB-BBB / IB : 33 with no score less than 4. /
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Films have been vital cultural outputs for over one hundred years. The context in which they are produced and distributed is constantly changing but their importance as documents of our times remains, as does the pleasure they give to audiences across the world and their potential influence on the way those audiences may see the world.

Film Studies at Liverpool offers you the chance to study with recognised scholars of film cultures and industries around the world, offering a wide-ranging and sophisticated academic programme in this critical field.

Our students have an interest in world cultures and a desire to fully appreciate the ways in which these cultures have expressed themselves through film. We encourage you to become an independent learner and can offer a variety of support to aid this development.

Programme in detail

Single honours students of Film Studies take 90 credits of Film Studies modules in Year One and 120 in Years Two and Three. In addition to the Film Studies modules listed opposite, you will need to take 30 credits (one module per semester) of a subsiduary subject in your first year: you could use this opportunity to learn or maintain a foreign language, to continue the study of a subject you enjoyed at A level or to experiment with new fields. In Year Two and Year Three you select modules up to 120 credits (over the year) from a wide range of options.

Please note: In Year One students are required to take 30 credits of optional modules outside Film Studies. These may include Ancient History, Archaeology, Egyptology, or modules focusing on the histories of Ireland or Latin America. You may also choose modules from other subjects.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a Joint

Film Studies is a popular joint degree choice, especially (but not exclusively) with cognate subjects such as Communication & Media, English or Music. A joint degree in Film Studies allows you to develop your understanding of film in the context of another discipline, and vice versa.

Joint students in Film Studies take 60 credits in Film per year. In Year One your programme will not include FILM106 or COMM152. In Years Two and Three the full range of film modules are available to you, although the number which you select is limited to two per semester. In Year Three you may do a dissertation module in film or in your other joint subject (but not both).

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

124 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

Ranked 19th for Modern Languages in the Guardian University Guide 2018

Department resources

The Department has recently moved to a fully-refurbished Grade I listed building in the beautiful Georgian Abercromby Square. We have our own Language Lounge which is stocked with language-learning resources and provides a beautiful and contemplative environment for group work or private study. It has five PCs specialising in language learning programmes. We have our own Modern Language film collection which is available to students for loan.

Research performance

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) graded 72% of our staff publications as world-leading or internationally excellent with the remaining 28% considered to be of recognised international quality. This ranks us above Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Oxford and Exeter.

Why this subject?

Learn a language the Liverpool way

At Liverpool, you can choose which level to learn at with confidence, knowing we are specialists in teaching languages to all levels. Beginners will benefit from our years of experience in accompanying students in their first steps in their chosen language; advanced students will see their knowledge broadened and deepened.

Access new facilities

Our fully-refurbished Language Lounge is the centre of departmental life. It is a lively place where you can work on your language skills with the aid of online resources, watch foreign-language films, meet someone for a chat in your chosen language or simply settle down with “un espresso”.

Experience our ‘connected’ Liverpool curriculum

Our teaching is informed by partnerships with organisations across and outside the university. As part of your modules, you may visit an exhibition, deliver a language taster in a school, do an internship in one of our partner organisations, or interview a film maker. Our department routinely organises visits by award-winning writers, directors and translators who will share valuable insights into their work and we recently received a University Learning and Teaching award for enriching the experience of students in and beyond the classroom.

Broaden your understanding of language and culture with a year abroad

You’ll spend your third year teaching English, attending university, completing a work placement or working for a non-government organisation (NGO) in one or more countries relevant to the language or languages you are studying. A reduced fee is payable for the year which you spend abroad. If you are studying two languages you will normally split the year between two countries.

Higher than average salaries

Did you know that the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) say that students who study abroad as part of their studies are more likely to be in further education or employment six months after graduating and to earn higher than average salaries, and that they are more likely to graduate with a 2.1 or First Class degree?