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The support offered by the university stood me in good stead for my career following my studies. Since leaving I have delivered papers at several international conferences and published two books.

Mark Aldridge - BA Film and English, MA and PhD Film Studies
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Film is particularly well represented, with the University boasting a cinema that shows a number of blockbuster films as well as independent and world cinema. There are also excellent off-campus facilities for film - a thriving independent cinema that also hosts special events and two multiplexes, so Southampton is certainly a good choice if film is your passion.

Melissa Donne - BA Film and Philosophy, MA Film Studies
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The film course at Southampton provides the essential tools for anyone who wants to work in film.

Daniel Greenway - BA Film and French
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My favourite module in Film has been Film Noir. This was brilliantly taught with some great screening choices. The topic was something I thought I knew, but the module highlighted many debates and interpretations that changed my perspective on what I had previously assumed.

Jacob Hando - BA Film and History (2022)
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When I first arrived, I had no idea what to expect. I was so happy to find myself in small seminar groups with very friendly teachers.

Alexandra Heaton - BA Film and French
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Throughout the course my participation in extra-curricular societies has swayed my ambitions to television, which is strengthened by my work in film.

Dom Kullander - BA Film Studies
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The UK offered me a great experience with its outstanding history and solid academic development. Southampton is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. It is a perfect place for people who are looking for an academic career.

Chu-Ying Liu - PhD Film Studies
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Choosing the University of Southampton was a simple decision for me. The University has a world class reputation and the Film department consistently ranks at the top end of the national league table.

Elliott Nikdel - BA Film Studies/MA Film and Cultural Management/PhD Film Studies
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I think, the best research in the area of film studies is in the UK and the best academic centre among them all is at the University of Southampton. The decisive factor for me was that my area of interest was also shared by authoritative figures of the field making up the department’s academic staff.

Alican Pamir - PhD Film Studies
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All the way through my A-Levels I knew I wanted to study Film, and Southampton had one of the best academic departments for it in the country.

Ben Robins - BA Film
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Knowing about the university systems both in the US and in Germany, I find studying in the UK more demanding and more rewarding. I have enjoyed tremendous support and advice by my supervisor, advisor and other members of staff, which I think I would not have received elsewhere. This has helped me grow as a person and as a researcher.

Claudia Sandberg - PhD Film Studies
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I chose the University of Southampton because it is a world class university and secondly it is ranked as number one in film studies in UK.

Zubair Shafiq Jatoi - PhD Film Studies
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There were two reasons that I chose to study at Southampton: The Film department was ranked first in the country and had a great variety of modules, And the staff and students were the most friendly and welcoming I had met across every university open day I attended.

Philippa Short - BA Film and English
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I chose to study for a PhD at Southampton because of the expertise offered in areas relevant to my topic of research, which involves exploring cultural and linguistic differences in the reception of contemporary European cinema.

Ingrid Stigsdotter - PhD Film Studies
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The course looked amazing, and there are loads of great options to choose from in your second and third year so you can do things you really enjoy. It's interesting, challenging and lots of fun, and I've really enjoyed it!

Lisa Thompson - BA Film and English
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This is the best place for me, working alongside inspirational staff. I’m not saying I’ll never leave, but another university would have to be pretty special to beat Southampton.

Dan Varndell - PhD Film and English
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Southampton has a varied and strong extra-curricular offering for those wanting to 'simulate' working in the film industry on a small scale. It was my involvement in these that gave me the confidence to apply to post-production facilities.

Alysia Wildman - BA Film and English Literature
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