Film Studies BA (Hons) Add to your prospectus

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: P303
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB-BBB / IB : 33 with no score less than 4. /

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.


Study as part of joint-honours at 100:0 Choosing this subject as a Single Honours

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 support you through our dedicated library resources, including a wide variety of films from all periods and sources available for private study, e-learning initiatives and structured tasks outside the classroom.

Study as part of joint-honours at 75:25 Choosing this subject as a Major

A major in Film Studies will give you the chance to follow a nearly complete Film Studies course, while at the same time maintaining a connection with another subject to broaden your experience and feed into your understanding of Film. 

The module range available to you is exactly the same is for Single Honours students, but you study 90 credits rather than 120 in Film in Years 2 and 3 in order to make space for your Minor subject. 

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 Communications and 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 1 your programme will not include FILM 106 or COMM 152. In Years 2 and 3 the full range of Film modules are available to you, although the number which you select is limited to two per semester. In Year 3 you may do a Dissertation module in Film or in your other Joint subject (but not both).

Study as part of joint-honours at 25:75Choosing this subject as a Minor

A Minor in Film Studies allows you to maintain an interest in film analysis and film texts while pursuing your studies in your major subject. You might be interested in a minor if for example you expected to need to examine films regularly as research documents, or if you wished to maintain your skills in more than one form of cultural output. 

Students taking a Minor in Film studies take 30 credits of Film per year, effectively one module per semester. In Year 1 this takes the form of the core course in Film (Introduction to Film Language and Approaches to Film). In Years 2 and 3 you have access to the full range of module choices, with the exception of the dissertation.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

141 Year One undergraduates in 2017

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, from beginners to advanced.

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 studentsin and beyond the classroom.

Pursue your own adventure

Many of our modules allow you to focus on topics that particularly interest you. For example our language modules often let you choose and research a subject that interests you as part of your assessment, whether a book report or oral presentation. In cultural modules, you can choose or even devise your own essay question.

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.