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Centre for Film and Screen




Cambridge offers the opportunity to pursue doctoral study in a specifically designated programme in Film and Screen Studies. Students on the programme join the active and varied film and screen studies research culture at Cambridge and participate in our annual research seminar series.

Opportunities to teach on undergraduate film studies papers are made available to PhD students who also take leading roles in organising research events, including an annual Film and Screen Studies postgraduate conference. Details of the Centre's current research students can be found here.

"The Centre for Film and Screen offers an exciting, supportive and genuinely interdisciplinary environment in which to undertake doctoral study. In recent years, the Centre as hosted a range of prominent academic speakers, as well as filmmakers such as Michael Haneke, Lucrecia Martel and Gianfranco Rosi. The libraries of the University are very well stocked and many Colleges offer additional funds and resources to facilitate research. Teaching opportunities are also varied, ranging from one-to-one tuition to group supervisions and seminars. Taking into account a range of factors—the intimacy of College life, the broader research culture, as well as the close proximity to London—Cambridge strikes the perfect balance for a PhD student. Above all else, however, it is the dedication of the faculty that has made my own experience here one of both personal and academic fulfillment." - Jules O'Dwyer - Current PhD student in the Centre for Film and Screen

For information on the nature of PhD research at Cambridge and in the School of Arts and Humanities, please see:

For full information regarding the application process and funding opportunities, please see:

If you would like to discuss a possible research proposal for postgraduate study (MPhil or PhD), or learn more about the MPhil programme, please contact the Centre's director, John David Rhodes

For general inquiries, including questions regarding the application process and funding possibilities, please contact the Postgraduate Office.


Please see Applying and Funding


Screenings and Events

Ironies of Web 2.0

2 May 2019

Ironies of Web 2.0 Professor Damon Young Film & Screen Studies MPhil Conference Monday May 6th at 6pm in the McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College Keynote Lecture Contemporary media cultures evince a crisis of authorial perspective, experienced as a collapse of the distinction between sincerity and satire...

Vertigo Effects: Film, Flight, and Simulation Sickness

1 May 2019

Vertigo Effects: Film, Flight, and Simulation Sickness Dr Patrick Ellis Georgia Institute of Technology 4pm, Wednesday 8th May 2019 McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College One of the first media pathologies associated with cinema was “camera sickness,” a vestibular malady that shared symptoms with other newly...

Todd Solondz: Filmmaker in Residence 2019

11 April 2019

We are delighted to announce that the award-winning independent American filmmaker Todd Solondz will be at the Centre for Film and Screen in early May of the Easter Term, 2019. Solondz is one of the leading figures in what has come to be known as ‘independent cinema’—cinema produced outside the Hollywood studio system—a...