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Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: January & October
International students can apply
Entry Requirements
Teaching & Research


MA Film, Media & Society at Liverpool Hope is underpinned by critical and creative practice, and seeks to interrogate the role that cinema and the media play within society. The course is critical because of its intellectual rigour, and it is creative because you have the opportunity to produce an original portfolio of practical work. It is unusual for an MA to offer modules in both theory and practice, but MA Film, Media & Society is equally suited for students who prefer to specialise exclusively in either theoretical study or practical work, or who wish to combine the two areas. Overall, then, students will have the benefit of co-teaching from academics and practitioners, and will be encouraged to consider the ways in which cinema and the media help to shape popular understandings of social and political issues.

Whatever your specialism, you will be taught by staff who are international experts in their field with either extensive current peer-reviewed publications, or multiple award-winning productions. The course is also highly career-focussed, and from the outset you will have opportunities to enhance your CV with workplace opportunities.

Why choose this subject?

  • A critical and creative MA in Film, Media and Society that enables you to focus on theoretical or practical work, or to combine the two.
  • The chance to work closely with tutors who are publishing academics and award-winning filmmakers.
  • A superb academic library (including thousands of DVDs) and professional equipment purchased to support developing practice needs.
  • A vibrant research culture to which postgraduate research is integral.
  • Dedicated support for developing your career, including opportunities for a range of work placements in the media industries.
  • Studying in a beautiful ‘garden campus’ collegial environment with teaching rooms, library, studios, and all support services close at hand.
  • Masterclasses from international figures, as well as a range of local and national field trips.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum delivery will be enhanced, where appropriate, by masterclasses and guest sessions from leading industry and academic figures.

Whether studied in 12 months full-time or 27 months part-time, the curriculum will have three essential components:

  • A core 30 credit course exploring the role that cinema and the media play plays in shaping popular understandings of social issues.
  • Three 30 credit optional courses, with the choice being governed by student expertise and career intentions. Students may mix theory and practical choices, or specialise in either field. Not all options will necessarily be available each year, and the range will depend upon staff availability and student numbers.
  • A 60 credit Dissertation or Advanced Professional Practice Portfolio.

Theory courses may include:

  • The Hollywood Family Film
  • National Film Industries
  • Film Music and Sound

Professional practice courses may include:

  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Filmmaking

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.


Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

International Entry Requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages

Teaching and Research

All teaching at Liverpool Hope is informed by research, whether it is peer-reviewed publications or creative practice. Film, Media & Society at Liverpool Hope fosters an exciting research culture and is the home of the Popular Culture Research Group. The group hosts a series of research seminars over the course of the year, featuring papers from colleagues at Hope and the wider national and international scholarly community.

MA students will also have the opportunity to attend Theorising the Popular, a two-day international conference hosted by Liverpool Hope’s Department of Media and Communication. Now entering its eighth year, Theorising the Popular aims to highlight the intellectual originality, depth and breadth of ‘popular’ disciplines such as Film, Television, and Fan Studies, and regularly attracts scholars from across the globe. In addition to attending the conference, students will be encouraged to present papers based on their MA research.


Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:



We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.



If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.


The Film, Media & Society team place employability as a key outcome of your studies. To this end, we liaise closely with colleagues from Hope’s Careers, Enterprise, and Employability departments to bring students every possible career opportunity, including funding to establish creative industry start-ups, networking events with employers, as well as CV writing and interview training.

Our reputation for academic and professional standards means that companies in the area come directly to us in seeking students for paid positions, including filmmaking and research posts. Consequently, our students have built significant competitive career advantages as an aspect of their postgraduate study.