Film Studies - Theory & Practice

This programme combines a strong academic focus on the critical and historical study of film, with modules addressing digital film practice, screenwriting, film administration, education and festival curation.

The programme allows students to pursue either an academicfocused pathway or a practice-based approach to film, including the possibility of completing a feature-length screenplay during the academic year. The full-time programme comprises three seminar courses during the academic year and a choice from up to six options over two 12-week semesters, from which students must choose three. Part-time students will take half of these modules each year.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
QQI Level 8 degree or equivalent, H2.2, GPA 3.0, or equivalent international qualification. Students who do not meet the honours degree requirement but have a Level 7 degree (Merit 1) may be admitted to the PDip course with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their course work during the year. Applicants are required to submit a writing sample, consisting of either a graded academic essay or a review essay of a recent film (1,000 words), and a personal statement with their application.

Those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted with relevant professional experience via a qualifying exam, or be admitted to the PDip.

Application dates

NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions).


1FU4: 1 year full-time, 1FU5: 2 years part-time.

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Career Opportunities
Graduates have gone on to further research at PhD level and have acquired positions as lecturers and researchers in third-level institutions. Graduates have also found employment in a range of film festival, film and media production, and journalism roles, including university lecturer, television producer, publisher's production assistant, film producer and director, newspaper editor, journalist, teacher, theatre administrator, and film festival programmer.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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