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What makes Film Studies at Worcester special?

Our Film Studies degree is about cine-literacy: studying of popular movies, art cinema and experimental film; contemporary and historical, mainstream and alternative, international and domestic cinemas as a kind of literature. Our Film Studies programme, in this sense, is an extension to our English Literature programme, studying films as text, and exploring the cultural, political, personal contexts of the text’s creation. 

We also explore the opportunities Film Studies opens by examining film marketing, distribution, exhibition, curating, festivals, film journalism and audience research.



Key features

  • Balance between contemporary and older films; British, Hollywood, and International cinemas.
  • Research-led teaching by internationally recognized experts in their fields.
  • Employability embedded across the course, offering students opportunities in a variety of career paths.
  • Joint Honours options with English Literature, Media & Culture, Film Production, and Screenwriting
  • Diverse team of academics with a variety of expertise.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points (for example, BCC at A Level)


For international entry, please contact our Admissions team,

Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Art and Design & Creative Media pathway page.


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Studying film at Worcester was an absolute joy. The enthusiasm of the lecturers shone through and I was always challenged to do my very best work, which gave me the confidence and motivation to continue my studies on at the postgraduate level

Tom Williams, Class of 2018

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Film, Media and Television Masterclass

Ahead of ‘Line of Duty’ Series 6, the University of Worcester School of Arts is delighted to bring you an exclusive event with Executive Producer, Simon Heath.

Born and bred in Birmingham, Simon’s career began in 1993 as script editor and writer on the BBC teen drama Byker Grove. He went on to create and write Ant & Dec’s early series for the BBC and C4. Simon joined World Productions in 1997, where he became Head of Drama in 2002 and Creative Director and CEO in 2009. 

Simon is best known as the Executive Producer of the acclaimed police corruption drama, Line of Duty. The Season 5 finale of which became the most watched TV show of 2019. 

He was also the Executive Producer for BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy nominated political thriller Bodyguard, the highest rated drama of the decade. 

In 2018, Simon executive produced the critically acclaimed, BAFTA nominated Save Me for Sky Atlantic which was the fastest binged Sky box set series ever and the winner of the 2019 RTS Award for Best Drama. 

World Productions’ was named 2019 Production Company of Year at both the Broadcast and Edinburgh TV Festival Awards.

This is an one-off exclusive masterclass for those of you who may be interested in a career in the film, television or media industry. It is also for you if you are a fan of the brilliant ‘Line of Duty’! 

The event will take place on Thursday 25th February at 10.00 to 11.30am 

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • World Cinemas
  • Introduction to Film
  • Hollywood and Beyond



Year 2


  • Film Theory
  • Film Genre Study 


Year 3


  • Dissertation


  • Film & Folklore 
  • Film Reviewing 
  • Studies in Cult & Exploitation Cinema 
  • Making Monsters 
  • Cinema & Modern Life
  • Literature & Culture: International Exchanges 
  • Asian Cinema 
  • TV Times 
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 


The two main forms of teaching on the Film Studies programme are the lecture and the seminar class. Lectures typically run 45-50 minutes each, and expose the student to a consistent argument constructed by the lecturer either introducing the student to key theoretical debates or applications of theory to a body of cinema texts. Seminars, which tend to be 2-hours in length, enable students to discuss the theoretical principles and applications made in the lecture. Seminars may feature small -group discussion, further application of theory to different films, or other research-led projects as befits the topic and the cohort of students. While lectures tend to be rather formal in structure and organisation, seminars can be more loosely structured and tailored to the specific students on a given module in any given year.  


In addition, meetings with Personal Academic Tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course. 


The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip them for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the Personal Academic Tutoring system enables students to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help them to flourish and be successful.  

Contact time

In a typical week, students will have around 12 contact hours of teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year there is normally slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.   

Typically, class contact time will be structured around: 

  • 1-hour lectures, per module per week 
  • 2-hour seminars, per module per week 

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, students are expected to undertake around 24 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve reading articles or chapters, and of course, watching the assigned films.  

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.   


Assessment in Film Studies is entirely course-work based. Mostly, these take the form of essays, but there are also opportunities for group-based assessments, like presentations, or reports, learning logs, self-reflective pieces, and portfolios of work.

While grades are determined by summative assessments, Film Studies offers more formative assessments, enabling students to receive feedback on their work without it counting towards their grade.


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Teaching Staff

All teaching staff on the Film Studies course have PhDs in their field (or are working on their PhDs), and are research active to facilitate research-led teaching. Therefore, students will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The teaching team are research-active specialists in film theory, have doctoral qualifications, and HEA accreditation. Please see details of the current staff team in the School of Humanities at our website.   

Programme Specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

I have never regretted choosing Film Studies for even a second. Film seminars ... would make my brain hurt (in the best way possible) and [the] lectures were always an eclectic, refined treat.

Eva Mackevic, Class of 2013

The lecturers ... have an encyclopedic knowledge of film and are ... the most supportive tutors I have ever met.

Chloe Gibson, Class of 2018

Dr Mikel Koven

The Film Studies course is led by Dr Mikel J Koven. His teaching areas include World cinema; genre; Hollywood cinema; horror cinema; film & folklore; and cult & exploitation cinema.

His research areas include Film & Folklore (fairy tales, myths, and legends); Exploitation cinema (with a focus on Italian horror film); Jewish cinema (representations, stereotypes, and the Holocaust); and “Cult” TV.  


Where could it take you?


Our Film Studies degree is designed around exposing students to a wide variety of employment options after a Film degree beyond being a filmmaker or reviewer specifically.

Through the programme’s core modules, employability opportunities are specifically identified and attendant skills developed. At Level 5, for example, the course team expand the student’s understanding of film-based employment options by directly addressing film cultures like festivals, programming special seasons, curetting, audience research, marketing, and distribution & exhibition contexts. Level 5 also has an optional Work Experience module which students may opt in for.

Level 6 enables students to explore more independently their own interests in further developing their employability options in two ways: potentially through their independent study projects and through the Film Reviewing module.  

The course team work closely with employers – such as Flicks in the Sticks, Rural Media Company, Worcester Arts Workshop, and Worcester Live, – to ensure that our programme is developing the right skills base that employers are looking for.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2021/22 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Film Studies BA (Hons)- P303

Joint Honours:
See our Film Studies degrees page for Joint Honours options.

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.


Dr Mikel Koven

Course leader