Cambridge offers the opportunity to pursue doctoral study in programme in Film and Screen Studies in a supportive, disciplinary-specific but intellectually heterodox context. 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 undergraduates are made available to PhD students from their second year onwards. Students also take leading roles in organising research events, including an annual Film and Screen Studies postgraduate conference. Read more about the Centre’s current research students.

“Cambridge Film and Screen offers an exciting, supportive and genuinely interdisciplinary environment in which to undertake doctoral study. In recent years, the Centre has 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 – former PhD student at Cambridge Film and Screen

Contact us

If you would like to discuss a possible research proposal for PhD study, please contact a potential supervisor or the Postgraduate Teaching and Examinations Officer in Film and Screen Studies, Dr Xin Peng on

You should have a developed project in mind before contacting us. At minimum please include an abstract of no fewer than 500 words and an indicative bibliography of approximately 10-20 research sources with your first email.

Please try to avoid sending your proposal to more than one colleague in Cambridge Film and Screen at the same time. If you have already sent your proposal to a colleague, please state this in messages to any other colleagues.

There is detailed course information on the Postgraduate Admissions website.

It is important that you read through the information available on the Postgraduate Admissions Office website before submitting your application, in particular the supporting documentation required and, for non-native speakers, evidence of competence in English.

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Postgraduate Application Process

Apply Online via the Postgraduate Admissions portal

Cambridge Film & Screen

Tel: +44 (0)1223 335057