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Film Studies MPhil/PhD

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Film Studies.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in recent years. We aim to produce research that is distinctive, socially and culturally relevant, and that influences national agendas. We continually strive to develop new areas of research excellence while, in certain areas, our work has already been acknowledged as world-leading.

As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment. You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and to take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme. This will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree while enhancing the skills you will need in any future career.


Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests

Our Institute of the Arts has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in British cinema, film theory, cult, exploitation and horror film, and documentary.

Excellent supervision

Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.


With study space and IT provision in the Research Office, and access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and state of the art library facilities, the Film Studies team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources to support your learning and research project.

At present, Film Studies MPhil/PhD students are undertaking research on trauma and the documentary image; and understanding the link between the writer and the creation of emotional impact through the screenplay form.

How to apply

How to apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Research School on 01905 542182 or

Before you submit a full application, please contact Research School ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.



Dr Paul Elliott
Expertise: film theory; Alfred Hitchcock; British cinema.

Dr Mikel Koven
Expertise: cult and exploitation film; folklore and film; urban legends; representations of the Holocaust; horror cinema; ethnography; film festivals, and audience studies.

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