Film and Visual Culture

Film and Visual Culture


Exploring the role film and visual culture plays in wider society.

Study Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MSc or PhD

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Based in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, the Film and Visual Culture department offers a progressive approach to researching this influential and vibrant area of study. Our aim is to train students to become active participants in their own visual culture, as careful scholars and creative practitioners.

Our Research

Embedded in the scholastic traditions of a university founded in 1495, our Film and Visual Culture programme combines interaction with top researchers, an attractive teaching environment and excellent facilities. Students can also elect to engage with practice-based work at MLitt and PhD level, utilising our Media Lab HD production and post-production facilities.

Film and Visual Culture plays an important role in the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture (GWW), which brings together researchers form across our university. The GWW Centre acts as a vibrant hub for Postgraduate Research students engaged in visual culture research and fosters rich possibilities for interdisciplinary work.

Key research specialisms within the department include:

  • African Cinema
  • Marginal American Genre Cinema
  • Documentary
  • Practice-as-research in filmmaking
  • Post-traumatic sites in film and visual culture
  • German and Austrian literature, film and visual culture
  • Memory studies
  • Visual cultures of science
  • Science in Cinema
  • Film, visual culture and ecology
  • Intermediality
  • Representation of cultural identities in postmodern and contemporary visual and popular culture
  • 20th-century cultural identities in Spain
  • Arts-based approaches to petroculture
  • The poetics of filmmaker Raúl Ruiz
  • Film and exile
  • Film and dream

However, Department members are keen to hear from potential applicants interested in pursuing a postgraduate degree (MLitt or PhD) related to any area of film and visual culture.

More detail of research activity within the department can be found on the staff pages.

Our Experts

Head of Research Area
Dr Calum Waddell
Other Experts
Dr Silvia Casini
Dr Katya Krylova
Dr Bárbara Barreiro León
Dr Alejandra Rodríguez-Remedi

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MPhil or PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.

International Applicants

Fees and Funding

Please refer to our Tuition Fees page for fee information for this Research Area.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


Whether taught or research-based, postgraduate work in Film and Visual Culture at Aberdeen will prepare you for entering a variety of careers.

You will gain and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the field while specialising in the areas of Film and Visual Culture that most interest you. As you do, you will also be developing transferrable skills sought by a wide range of employers including project management, collaboration, creativity, presentation and communication across a variety of formats and audiences, working to deadlines and managing a diverse workload. Both within your studies and through the excellent student societies, including Granite City TV and the Aberdeen University Filmmaking Society, postgraduate students also have a wealth of opportunities on campus to learn or develop media production skills in a vibrant and supportive environment.

Developing expertise in the broad field of visual culture will position you well for a future in academia, arts management or production, the film industry, journalism and broadcasting, and areas relating to information and communication technology, but will also equip you with skills desired by employers across diverse industries.

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Contact Details

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen
King's College
AB24 3UB