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FILM6029 Research in Film Studies

Module Overview

Full-time and (normally) first year part-time students on the MA in Film Studies and the MA in Film and Cultural management follow this research skills course, which includes an introduction to research, study and presentation skills, information technology and library/remote data resources. Opportunities to visit local and regional film archives are included in this unit.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• provide an introduction to advanced (MA level) research and study skills, with a particular focus on film-related approaches and needs

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • different research methodologies in film studies that enable you to pursue a research project of your choice
  • different forms of resources in the field of film studies, including
  • library resources, such as book, journal, and micro-fiche/film collections, on-line resources, and databases
  • regional, national, and international archival collections
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate different methodologies and resources available for the study of films, and test their applicability to your own research
  • develop coherent, original, and intellectually persuasive critical arguments in discussions and in writing, drawing on appropriate resources and critical frameworks
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • competently communicate ideas in writing (in terms of clarity of expression, structure of argument, correct grammar/spelling, appropriate presentation/layout, referencing conventions, etc.)
  • competently present a research topic to an audience, making full use of presentational techniques and conventions (including the use of visual aids, handouts, modes of address, pitch, awareness of environmental factors, etc.)
  • define and manage research projects in accordance with given deadlines and available/appropriate resources
  • access recent research findings on the development of Film Studies as an academic discipline
  • demonstrate effective research skills, through identifying, locating, selecting, and interpreting primary sources, e.g. web-based material, reviews, newspapers, marketing and other industry-related material etc.)


As a research skills course, content includes practical introductions to library resources and accessing electronic data, as well as dealing with information technology and particular portals for accessing such information. There are also sessions dealing with essential skills such as those associated with study and presentation, as well as some theories of research methodology.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • plenary seminar discussion • tutor-supported individual work Learning activities include • preparation for individual discussion and participation in group discussion on a variety of relevant topics • completion of an assignment requiring you research and analysis

Independent Study143
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Ball, Steve. The Complete Guide to Writing Your Dissertation. 


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback - Feedback on oral presentations (by both peers and instructors). These will be group presentations, geared around research into five journals/web resources on a chosen topic. N.B – Please note that this module is assessed on a pass-fail basis.


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 50%
Written report  (2500 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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