Film Studies

Films have been vital cultural out puts 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 support them 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.

Film Studies is currently available as a Joint or Minor subject. Students who choose to study Film Studies do so in combination with one of over 30 humanities subjects.

Subjects which combine particularly well with Film Studies include:

  • Modern Languages
  • Communication and Media
  • Music
  • English

Programme Introduction

Film Studies at Liverpool combines the existing specialisms of our contributing departments to offer a fully rounded specialist course for the first time at the University of Liverpool.

Our area specialisms include British, French, German, Italian, Hispanic and Latin American cinemas, and independent American film as well as Hollywood. Thematic interests include film documentary and realism, depictions of the city and of cultural exchange, and political aspects of cinema.

Programme Content

Studying Film as a Joint or Minor enables you to select those aspects of the course which link most closely to your other study programme, or alternatively to develop your audio visual literacy and your sense of the medium’s place in the world. Following a foundation in Year One, you choose from a broad range of modules in Year Two and Three.


Modules on offer in Film Studies include:

Year One

  • Introduction to Film Language
  • Approaches to Cinema (Film Theory)
  • Hollywood and Europe
  • European Cinema in History

Year Two

  • The Cinematic City
  • Propaganda and Censorship
  • The Italian Cinema
  • Global Media and Entertainment
  • Hollywood Cinema
  • Film and the Ancient World
  • Documentary
  • Introduction to French Cinema
  • Spanish and Latin American Cinemas: an Introduction
  • German Cinema from Expression is to the Present
  • Music and AV Media 2:World Cinema

Year Three

  • Film Studies Dissertation Module
  • European Cinema: Aspects of Realism
  • Political Cinema
  • American Independent Cinema
  • British Cinema
  • Music and AV Media 3
  • Cinema and Narratives of French Identity
  • The German Cinema Since 1990
  • Images of Geography in Spanish and Latin American Film
  • Italian Crime Fiction and Film
  • Realism of the Senses in World Cinema

How you learn

You will be taught in a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and small group tutorials where a friendly environment prevails. Great attention is paid to giving feedback on assessed work and academic staff will track the progress of individual students and intervene to improve learning.


We use a wide range of assessment types in Film Studies including group presentations and exercises in close reading of film extracts, as well as traditional examinations and essays.

You will be trained in oral presentation skills and analysis, in critical use of available printed and online sources, and on writing and examination skills.

Career Prospects

Graduates of Film Studies from the University of Liverpool are well-qualified for all avenues open to humanities graduates, and most particularly to put their talents to use in the fields of arts administration and teaching.

Past alumni have found employment in education, marketing, festival administration (for example at the London Jewish Film Festival) and a wide range of other fields including translation and business.

Study Abroad

You will have the opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree. We have links with universities in Europe, the US, Canada, and in countries across Latin America, which allow you to study abroad for a semester or a year, depending on your subject combination and your Major study programme. For more information