PhD Film Studies

Our diverse mix of subject specialities means we’re a vibrant and imaginative community with plenty of opportunity for intellectual exchange. We belong to the interdisciplinary School of Literature and Languages, which has research-active staff in English literature, creative writing, film studies, translation studies, theoretical and applied linguistics, and literary and cultural studies

Key course information

Entry requirements
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Start date
January 2025
4 years
UK fees
Overseas fees

Why choose this

  • Our film researchers work on a range of specialist areas within the areas of cinema studies and visual studies, including issues of gender, the connection between music and the cinema, documentary film and media, genre cinema, cognitive analysis of the moving image and animation studies.
  • Our researchers have close links to the Department of Music and Media at Surrey, which also carries out cutting-edge research. 
  • We’re part of TECHNE, an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded doctoral training partnership, which provides access to comprehensive academic and professional training programmes, as well as the possibility of funding for your studies.


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Research excellence

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 ranked the School of Literature and Languages 10th for research impact in the UK, with 75% of our case studies rated as having outstanding impacts

Fantastic graduate prospects

95% of Surrey's postgraduates go on to employment or further study

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