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BA (Hons) Film Studies

Start date:
Study mode:
Course duration:
3 years
Mt Pleasant
UCAS Code:
Grades/points required:
BBC - ABB (112 - 128)

Tuition fees

Home full-time per year
International full-time per year
All figures are subject to yearly increases. Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.
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Why study Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Explore the history and development of cinema from around the world
  • Study film theory, criticism and interpretation
  • Hands-on practice with digital cameras and editing software
  • Opportunity to learn filmmaking skills
  • Opens up careers in film production, exhibition and distribution as well as research and teaching
  • WATCH: 2022 Degree show and graduate projects

About your course

The BA (Hons) Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University is a hybrid degree that combines practical and theoretical work. The course will enable you to explore the development of cinema worldwide, while providing you with extensive hands-on filmmaking and editing experience using our industry-standard production studio and editing suites.

The degree offered by LJMU is an academic programme but you will also be given the option of receiving hands-on practical experience with digital cameras and editing software to create an impressive portfolio of your own. This will include short fiction and documentary. Liverpool is the second most filmed city in the UK after London and the perfect place to start your filmmaking career.

You will be based in the Liverpool Screen School, which is located in the £38million Redmonds Building in the Knowledge Quarter of Liverpool city centre. The building features the latest in specialist facilities, including a production studio, a green screen and designated editing suites.

Additional course costs

Production expenses are subsidised for Final Film Production at level 6.

  • Listen to two final year students, Bill and Emma to hear what they have enjoyed about studying Film Studies at LJMU


"The degree was the first time I had direct academic support towards becoming a filmmaker. Having never written or worked on a film's production before, the course gave me my first invaluable practical experience. Since graduating, I have received two short film commissions from the UK Film Council as a writer-director."
Aubrey Reynolds, Film Studies graduate

Professional accreditation/links

The Liverpool Screen School enjoys excellent connections with key film and media organisations in the UK and internationally. Such connections open up exciting chances to network with leading practitioners as well as diverse work-related learning opportunities where you can put what you have learnt at LJMU into practise out in industry.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • access to programme-appropriate software
  • library and student IT support
  • free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you'll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


This course has a strong vocational dimension and encourages the development of a particular set of skills that are valued not only in the film industry but in other industries as well.

LJMU Film Studies graduates have gone on to work in the film and television industries as writers, directors, researchers and actors. Employers include the BBC, Channel 4, FACT, LA Productions and Lime Pictures.

Key skills gained during the degree - such as problem solving as part of a team, critical judgement and being able to approach tasks independently, creatively and in a disciplined manner - are also in demand in public relations, advertising, corporate communications, cultural journalism, research and the film and television service industries. As a Screen School student, you will receive lots of opportunities to gain paid and unpaid work experience from PULSS (Production Unit Liverpool Screen School) alongside the taught curriculum

Alternatively, you may want to pursue postgraduate study at MA and PhD level or go into teaching.

Some of our graduate destinations include:

  • Joshua Pullar: ProducerMTV (New York)
  • Alex Beards: Editor LA Productions
  • Matthew Plant: Locations Assistant on Peaky Blinders
  • Abby Brennan: Digital Content Producer Creative England
  • Matthew Wiggins: PA/Editorial Department - Artemis Fowl, Rocket Man, Mamma Mia 2
  • Adam Yee: Social Media and Marketing - Sichuan Education Association (China)
  • Emma Green: Digital Marketing - Northern Powerhouse Partnership
  • Adam Jones: Won BAFTA Scholarship
  • Joe Costin: MCR Manager - Envy Post Production
  • Danny Kilbride: Creative Director - Thinking Film Ltd.

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course, to ensure our students experience a transformation in their career trajectory. Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU's suite of online Apps, resources and jobs board via the LJMU Student Futures website. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU's in-house recruitment service, and we also offer fully funded Discovery Internships.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones and we offer a year-round programme of events, including themed careers and employability workshops, employer events and recruitment fairs. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU's Careers, Employability and Start-up Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Level 4

Core modules

Writing for Screen
20 credits

Writing for Screen will equip the students with industry standard practices for screenwriting whilst at the same time encourage them to find their own creative voice as a screenwriter. They will be encouraged to engage with both theoretical writing and short film narratives which will be chosen from a range of sources to encourage and reflect diversity. Writing for Screen is part of the screenwriting strand within  the film studies curriculum which will scaffold into the Film Adaptation Module ( 5021Film) in Level 5 and the Film thesis (Screenplay) (6064Film) in Level 6. It will also provide a bank of short screenplays which can be used for Fiction Filmmaking (5029Film) at Level 5.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

British Social Realism in Film
20 credits

This module will outline the social realist traditions associated with British cinema. After establishing the initial links with documentary film, students will understand how social realism has developed from the early 20th Century up until the modern day. Students can then use this knowledge in order to develop a pre-production portfolio of their own, which has the potential to be developed into a film at a later date on production modules on the programme.

Film Language
20 credits

In studying film language students will gain key foundational skills in practising in textual analysis in relation to film.

Film Theory
20 credits

This course surveys the history of the various traditions of theoretical inquiry in film studies. We investigate textual criticism (formalism, structuralism and auteur theory), identity politics, (feminism, masculinity, queer and disability theory and race) and various other theoretical paradigms.

Production Skills
20 credits

Through a series of lectures and practical workshops students will be introduced to fundamental film production skills using cameras, lenses, lighting and sound equipment. Students will develop an understanding of how historical developments in film craft inform current film productions and explore current trends and best practice in digital filmmaking.

Post-Production Skills
20 credits

This practical module introduces the basic principles and software tools involved in post-production for film.

Through completing a range of short briefs, students will develop the skills to build a personal portfolio, gaining the software skills required throughout the course. Students will be encouraged to maintain this portfolio throughout the programme to showcase their skillset upon Graduation.

The Journal will include production paperwork etc. and reflection on the work produced for each brief.

Level 5

Core modules

Documentary Filmmaking
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the basic principles of directing, filming, editing and producing for a short documentary film.

Fiction Filmmaking
20 credits

The fiction filmmaking module will develop students’ knowledge and experience of the technical, creative, organisational and administrative demands involved in a short film production. The overarching theme of this module is the development of the creative processes in relation to film production.  The short film genre gives students the opportunity to test out ideas or tell a story within the confines of a limited run-time. The relationships between technical, creative, and aesthetic choices will be considered in relation to the ‘real-world’ issues of production management. Working to a brief is designed to give students opportunities for work-based learning.

Working in Film
20 credits

This module aims to give students an understanding of the working practices and organisation of the British film industry. This module will provide all students with a work-based learning experience through opportunities to network with and present to industry. Students will be encouraged to develop their understanding of the different sectors of the local and national film industry into a recognition of the job opportunities that are presented in an area of personal career interest to them.  Students will test out the industry relevance of their careers knowledge by presenting to and networking with industry partners and they will then apply to relevant work experience opportunities as part of their careers portfolio.

Optional Modules

American Cinema
20 credits

Through a series of seminars student will develop a deep understanding of developments in American cinema from its beginnings to the present day. Students learn about early entrepreneurial approaches to cinema, through to the studio system, independent production, post-studio conglomerations, censorship, and international co-production.

Film Adaptation
20 credits

This module will consider theoretical debates such as the limitations of Fidelity and whether Adaptation can be considered a genre. Specific attention will be paid to Stage to Screen adaptations, Shakespearian translations, Comic book and Video Game adaptations and Fan Adaptations. The module also includes a series of workshops and tutorials designed to develop student screenwriting skills as they create an adapted screenplay.

Experimental Filmmaking
20 credits

In this module you will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience, planning and managing a short experimental film production. You will be able to develop specific skills in the areas of cinematography, lighting and sound design, as well as post production skills in editing and colour grading that are appropriate for experimental filmmaking.

Video Essay
20 credits

Through a series of lectures and practical making workshops, students will be introduced to the video essay as a form of scholarly engagement with Film. They will gain familiarity with current practice within the academic video essay community and explore existing scholarship on the developing form of the scholarly video essay as a legitimate form of academic research and publication.

Study Semester Abroad
60 credits

This is an opportunity to spend one semester of your second year at one of LJMU's partner universities around the world. 

Study Year Abroad
120 credits

This module aims to provide students with an additional year of study at an approved overseas partner that will complement their studies in Liverpool.

European Cinema
20 credits

This module serves as an introduction to the range and variety of films produced in Europe, as well as to the significance of film festivals for its visibility and promotion. It highlights the diversity of cinematic production in Europe, focusing not only on different national traditions, but also on the fact that European cinemas consist both of art and popular films.

Level 6

Core modules

World Cinema
20 credits

The module provides insights into a range of non-US and non-European cinemas, and critical tools for the students to engage with films from different cultural contexts.

Final Film Pre-Production
20 credits

This module gives the students an opportunity to develop their understanding of pre-production skills and practice applied to film making. It enables students to develop an ability to understand and reflect constructively on the pre-production process for independent film production.

Final Film Production
20 credits

In this module you will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience of some of the technical equipment required for short video production at an advanced level with either fiction or non-fiction filmmaking.

Film Thesis
20 credits

Through a series of lectures and tutorials students will develop their critical thinking and research skills as part of the completion of a large independent study project. They will be encouraged to generate effective strategies to manage their time, meet deadlines, and engage in self-directed study in an area of Film Studies they have a specific interest in.


Optional Modules

Interpretation in Film
20 credits

Through a series of seminars student will develop a deep understanding how to interpret film through a variety of theoretical approaches. These will include text-based approaches, as well as other understandings, such as paratexts and promotion, taste cultures, audiences, and fandom.

Work Based Learning
20 credits

This module provides Film Studies students with the opportunity to widen their direct knowledge of working practices in a film-related field. The module allows students to widen their contacts and to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned on the programme to a work setting. Students negotiate a learning contract with an employer/client and a tutor, and are assessed on their written account of the content and relevance of their work experience/client project to the Film Studies degree.


Black American Film
20 credits

The module produces students with a historical overview of Black American identity in film. Topics covered include Minstrelsy, Early Black Pioneers, Stereotyping and Marking, The Emergence of Black Stars, The Civil Rights Era, Blaxploitation, Gangsta Films, Intersectionality and Black Lives Matter.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, writing workshops, film screenings, online activities and production group work. Your tutors will also be available for one-to-one tutorials and we make extensive use of our virtual learning environment, Canvas, to provide course information, further reading and peer interaction.

Work-related Learning

The programme includes opportunities for work-based learning in which you spend a portion of your studies working in film or film-related industries, followed up by a written account of your experience. This is an invaluable opportunity to further enhance the practical and transferable skills that give you a professional edge when it comes to securing your first job in this very competitive market.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

From the moment you begin your studies at LJMU, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide one-to-one support over the three years of the course. Their role is to give you feedback on how well you are progressing with your studies and encourage you to plan for your educational and professional development.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We appreciate that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include coursework (essays, reviews, individual and group presentations, individual and group critical self-evaluation, logbooks, self-reflective group portfolios, research exercises, individual work-based learning reports and dissertations); exams (seen and unseen, plus class-tests) and group productions (pre-production portfolios, factual and fictional films).



Constructive feedback is vital in helping you to identify your strengths and areas where you may need to put in more work. We aim to provide this within 21 days of submission of a piece of work.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

This hybrid course will enable you to explore the development of cinema worldwide, while providing you with extensive hands-on filmmaking and editing experience using our industry-standard production studio and editing suites.


What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpools growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, TV studios, radio suites, green screen, editing rooms and news rooms, social spaces, and a caf. It is only a short walk from LJMUs Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies.

Entry requirements

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Grades/points required from qualifications: BBC - ABB (112 - 128)

Qualification requirements

GCSEs and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Welsh GCSE in Maths or Numeracy
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A levels

Minimum Number of A Levels: 2
Maximum AS UCAS Points: 20


Extended Diploma: DMM - DDM.

Access awards

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Pass overall with a minimum of 112 points

International Baccalaureate

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical

​Extended Diploma: DMM - DDM

Irish awards

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications.

T levels

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications.

You need to obtain the required UCAS points from a related subject area.

Alternative qualifications considered

Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
International applicants will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Additional requirements

  • Interview required

    Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

International requirements


    6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

Further information

  • DBS, Occupational Health requirements

    Is a DBS check required?


  • Reduced offer scheme

    As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold between 8 and 16 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has experience of living in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach programmes such as a summer university. Please contact course enquiries for further details. 

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

UCAS is the official application route for our full-time undergraduate courses. Further information on the UCAS application process can be found here https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate-students/how-to-apply.

We are looking for students with a critical and practical enthusiasm for film.

The kind of essential skills that you will need to demonstrate in your application are:

  • Teamwork, as you will have to work closely with others
  • Good communication skills, as you will be expected to contribute to seminars and give presentations
  • The ability to write logically and grammatically
  • Good analytical skills, so that you can critically assess films

Desirable Skills are:

  • Information retrieval techniques, as you will be expected to read around the subject and draw upon your findings for essays and projects
  • Time management skills, as you will have to work to deadlines on a regular basis
  • Good IT skills, as you will be expected to submit work that has been word processed

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.