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FILM8005 Research in Film Studies - iPhD

Module Overview

First year students on the iPhD in Film follow this research skills course, which includes an introduction to research, study and presentation skills, information technology and library/remote data resources.

Aims and Objectives

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, and 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:

  • At doctoral level, you will communicate ideas in writing (in terms of clarity of expression, structure of argument, correct grammar/spelling, appropriate presentation/layout, referencing conventions, etc.)
  • present a research topic to an audience at an advanced level, 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 at an advanced level
  • demonstrate advanced research skills at doctoral level, 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 would typically include 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 Study134
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

MHRA Style Guide.

Writing and Presenting Research. Guide to research and writing.

The A to Z of Correct English. Manual on academic English.

The Complete Guide to Writing Your Dissertation. Manual describing the elements of a dissertation.

Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. Guidance on academic writing for EFL students.


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  (20 minutes) 50%
Written report  (2500 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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