Film Studies (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

About the course


Film Studies degree at DMU offers you the chance to go beyond the viewing experience to explore film as an art form, as a social institution, and as a business.

Reasons to study Film Studies (Joint Honours) at DMU:  

  • Learn from experienced subject experts with a range of relevant professional, industry and creative expertise
  • Study a wide range of movies, from Hollywood blockbusters to the latest developments in world cinema 
  • Focus on practical filmmaking skills, industry understanding and experience and develop skills suited to a variety of careers in the creative industries and beyond.

Our Film Studies Joint Honours course links the criticism and history of film to the core concerns of a range of other subjects. If you are fascinated by film, but want to combine your passion with another area of study, the Joint Honours route is the perfect choice. 

Subjects include Creative Writing, English, Journalism, or Media and Communication. Each of these options functions as a carefully designed programme of study, which allows you to focus on the films you love, while also developing knowledge and skills in an area of your choice.

Key facts

UCAS course code:  
Creative Writing and Film Studies: WP83
English and Film Studies: WQ6
Film Studies and Journalism: PP35
Film Studies and Media: P390

Duration:  Three years full-time/six years part-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

Entry requirements for 2014

  • Normally 260 UCAS Points from at least two A Levels or equivalent
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English
  • BTEC requirements: Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) at National Diploma Level.
  • Additional qualifications can contribute towards the points score such as a third A Level or AS Levels
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points.

If you are unsure about the amount of UCAS points your qualifications may attract you can use our UCAS Tariff Chart|.

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

International Students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition|, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.


Teaching and assessment

The Film Studies programme is based in DMU’s prestigious centre for the study of Cinema and Television History. The teaching team is made up of widely published academics, film journalists, filmmakers and industry professionals, and you will become part of a vibrant film culture at the university.

On a day to day level the course is taught using a mix of lectures, screenings, small group discussions, individual tutorials and private study. Assessment includes essays, research reports, edited collections, presentations and film reviews.

Course modules

Year one

  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Introduction to Film History

Year two

  • World Cinemas
  • Hollywood

Year three

  • Cult Film
  • Case Studies in Film Genre
  • Film Studies Dissertation or Major Filmmaking Project*

Joint Honours degree students will study available modules from 50% of one subject and 50% of another.

*As a Joint Honours student you can choose to do your dissertation in Film Studies or your other subject.

Academic expertise

The Film Studies staff at DMU publish widely and are all well known within their specialist fields. We have particular expertise in British cinema, popular American entertainment and cult film.

The course is led by Dr James Russell, an expert on Hollywood cinema. The team also includes Dr Ian Hunter, specialist in cult film and screen adaptations; Professor Steve Chibnall, whose recent publications include books on British B-movies, Brighton Rock and the cult gangster film Get Carter; and Dr Claire Monk, co-editor of British Historical Cinema and a regular contributor to Sight and Sound.

Graduate careers

The course provides a broad grounding in film history, criticism, practice and industry skills. On graduation, you may use the skills you have gained to pursue a variety of careers in the film and cultural industries or beyond, or go on to study or research at postgraduate level.

Over the past five years, graduates from our joint honours courses have gone on to work for employers such as BBC Films, BBC Sport and Odeon Entertainment. They work in roles such as film and television production staff and researchers, writers for film news media, public relations writers and executives, film journalists in print and online, including Little White Lies magazine, independent filmmakers and camera-people, commercial managers, and as teachers and academics.

Fees and funding

Full-time £9,000
Placement year £650
Part-time (Where available)
4 year course £5,925 per year
6 year course £3,950 per year
Per module £988 per 15 credits
Full-time £12,200
Placement year £750

For more information please take a look at our Fees and Funding| section.


Scholarships and bursaries are available to home undergraduate students studying on a full time basis. To see if you are eligible, take a look at the Fees and Funding| section of the website.


You will be able to make use of DMU’s excellent library facilities and collections, as well as our state-of-the-art computing and projection facilities. For practical filmmaking, you will benefit from a range of digital-imaging facilities and production equipment. Film screenings at Phoenix Square are shown in the latest digital high definition formats and Xpand 3D.

How to apply


Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website| or via the contact details below.

Customer Service Unit
PO Box 28
GL52 3LZ

T: 0871 468 0 468


International students can apply directly to the university through our online applications portal|.

Contact details

For further information and admissions advice

Study enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

Submit an online form| to ask questions and get advice.

Focus on joints

Film Studies and Creative Writing combines different kinds of writing skills with a focus on cinema, and emphasises screenwriting.

Film Studies and English draws on expertise from our respected team of adaptation specialists, focusing on the relationship between film and fiction.

Film Studies and Journalism allows you to combine vocational journalism skills with film news reporting and film criticism.

Film Studies and Media and Communication focuses on the role played by cinema in the broader media environment.

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