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  • Objectives
    This new MA programme aims to offer wide coverage of British cinema history and theory, focusing on a range of historical periods and selected subject areas (e.g. the studio system, gender representation, adaptations of literature) in which British cinema has exhibited distinctive features.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements: Usually a 2.1 degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • Academic Title
    MA in British Cinema
  • Course description
    It will draw upon the research strengths of its staff, who have helped build Hull’s reputation as one of the key institutions for the study of British cinema and television.

    In line with the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s growing emphasis on research training in MA programmes, the MA in British Cinema will also feature several modules devoted to the development of research and presentation skills that will be good preparation for any further postgraduate research as well as various kinds of employment.

    Teaching will be mainly via two-hour seminars involving discussion and debate, based on specially assigned weekly preparation.

    On selected modules there will also be the opportunity to produce longer pieces of work on topics of your own choice; attend papers by staff and external speakers; present your own research to your peers; take advantage of one-on-one guidance for the preparation and writing of essays; and develop your research techniques, including archival research.

    CORE MODULES

    -Projecting Britain: Ealing Studios
    -Women and British Cinema
    -British Cinema: Research Methods and Approaches
    -Seminar Paper
    -Dissertation

    OPTIONAL MODULES

    -British Screenwriters: Graham Greene
    -Issues and Themes in Contemporary British Cinema, 1980 to the Present

    OTHER MODULE INFORMATION
    Selected modules from other MA programmes in the faculty (e.g. programmes in English or in modern languages) will also be available as options to students on the British Cinema MA.

    ASSESSMENT
    Assessment is by essays of varying length (2,000–6,000 words), seminar papers, research logbooks and a dissertation of 15,000–20,000 words.

    SPECIAL FEATURES
    This MA will be the first Masters degree to focus specifically on British cinema, responding to the growth of interest in the national cinema that has been reflected in teaching, research and publication over the last 20 years.

    One particularly distinctive feature of the MA is its inclusion of television drama as a vital aspect of British film culture; another is its examination of local connections with British film, through the invitation of guest speakers, the use of local archival material and the exploration within particular modules of the important contribution made by Hull people to the history of British cinema and television.

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