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University of Reading

Whiteknights , Reading Berkshire ,United Kingdom


Full Time: 12 months | Part Time: 24 months
Pursue flexible postgraduate research with our MA by Research Film, Theatre & Television
This research-intensive master’s programme is designed for students who want to explore a specialised area of film, theatre or television.
The programme offers:

  • Flexible structure. Tailor the programme to your personal interests and schedule.
  • One-to-one supervision. Work with one of our Department’s world-class specialists.
  • Independent and taught study. In addition to completing a dissertation or practical project, you will study two taught modules in the subject area of your choice.

The programme creates a direct route into PhD study, but it’s also suitable for those who want to specialise as theorists, critics, artists, archivists, or producers.

Your learning environment
Working with our expert academics in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television, you will have access to the Department’s:

  • research projects and activities
  • special collections
  • technical facilities and purpose-built spaces in the state-of-the-art Minghella Studios.

Alongside your guided independent research and two taught modules, you will have the chance to further hone your skills through research training offered by our Graduate School.
You will also have a dedicated supervisor to oversee your dissertation or practical project in film, theatre or television.
Your taught modules will include a mix of seminars, tutorials, workshops with industry representatives, external visits and technical training. 

Flexible study options for MA by Research Film, Theatre & Television students
You can study this programme full-time over one year, or part-time over two years. 

You will also choose between two pathways:

  • MA by Research in Film and Television
  • MA by Research in Theatre 


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Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should normally have a second upper class honours undergraduate degree in film, theatre, television or media, or a related arts and humanities subject, with significant experience of critical and analytical study. We also consider applications from candidates from other backgrounds.