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FILM8004 Film Studies Individually Negotiated Topic (iPhD version)

Module Overview

This involves an in-depth study of a specific area in film analysis, history or theory. Subject areas are chosen in collaboration with the Module Coordinator, and content is negotiated individually between the student and the tutor with relevant expertise. Course content and assessment modes are agreed by the end of the second week of the semester in which the course is taken and recorded on the student’s course selection form (returned to the Module Coordinator). This module provides iPhD students with a short, highly supervised ‘bite’ of research on a topic of their choosing (within the range of topic for which the Department can provide expert supervision) in preparation for the more extended and independent work required for their doctoral thesis.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a specific topic in film analysis, history or theory chosen in collaboration with the Module Coordinator and specialist tutor
  • analytical and investigative methods appropriate to the topic of your choice
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • structure a research project in film history, theory or analysis
  • evaluate secondary literature in the field of your topic
  • determine appropriate modes of presenting the results of your research
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • plan and execute a research project within a limited time frame
  • organize and manage basic research tasks, which may include reading and analysing a wide range of secondary literature


This module involves the supervision of students in individual tutorials, leading towards the formal written presentation of the completed research at the end of the semester.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • tutorial support from a dedicated supervisor. Learning activities include • individual research • completion of the assignment requiring research, analysis and written presentation.

Independent Study149
Total study time155


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback - consultation with your tutor in preparation for the formal assessments


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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