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The University of Southampton
FilmPart of Humanities


Film Studies at Southampton has established a strong research profile among its staff. This reputation was consolidated by the leadership of Professor Pam Cook, author of The Cinema Book, one of the most influential texts in the discipline (and voted best film book in a BFI readers' poll), who remains involved with Film at Southampton through her role as Emeritus Professor.

The discipline is led by Prof Michael Williams.

Our approach towards film and television can be defined by our focus on issues of cultural transfer and exchange, and on the strong perception of visual media as transnational and global, rather than purely national, phenomena. This emphasis is reflected in our individual research activities and publications, and in our collaborative efforts, such as major international conferences and research seminars.

Our research staff have a strong international reputation for research excellence and regularly gain external funding for prestigious projects as well as media appearances on television, radio and the press. Our contacts extend worldwide, and include collaborations with partners in the Americas, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Sharing knowledge

Our research seminars are open to all. They are a key part of the research culture at Southampton, and allow our students to hear leading researchers present their work, and ask them questions.  

Exploring film

Researchers investigate film from a range of methodological perspectives, including aesthetic, historical, socio-cultural, economic, and theoretical aspects. Visit our staff pages to see what we are working on.

Meet our research team

Our academics are leaders in their various disciplines, with national and international reputations for their work. Visit our staff pages to see what our academics are working on now.

Key facts

In 2014, our research was submitted to the Research Excellence Framework jointly with Music, Modern Languages and English. Music are ranked number 1 in the UK, with 90% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent. Modern Languages are ranked in the top 5 in the UK and English are ranked in the top ten for published research work of all English at University level in the UK.

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