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International: £12,500 per year
- Work closely with specialists across film, TV and performance studies.
- Learn in our our specialist film studies facilities including a purpose-built film theatre, The Void.
Our research strengths in film and TV include American, British and Irish, East Asian, and European cinemas, adaptation, documentary, horror, and television; and in performance studies they include applied theatre, contemporary British playwriting, site-based performance, theatre historiography, ethnography and popular culture, performance philosophy, and the monologue. Several members of the team engage with practice-as-research methodologies, including screenwriting.
This degree is hosted in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Graduate School.
How you learn
We have a vibrant research culture and we value and support all our research students who make a vital contribution to the intellectual life of the University. You will be part of our community of researchers in the Humanities, with the opportunity to attend and/or contribute to a range of discipline, faculty and University-wide seminars, workshops, training and conferences. We offer formal research training events and academic seminars as well as more informal workshops where you can practise delivering conference papers in a supportive environment. Funds are available to support you in attending conferences and we encourage you to deliver papers and publish your work.
We recognise that doctoral researchers arrive with a diversity of skills and experience. Therefore, we provide flexible training and development opportunities covering a range of research-related skills, including transferable skills, research ethics and integrity (mandatory), data management, teaching skills and career planning. Your development needs are identified and agreed with your supervisory team at the start of your degree, and reviewed and updated as appropriate.
You benefit from access to our specialist film studies facilities for your research. For example, films are shown in our purpose-built film theatre The Void, which combines state-of-the-art technology with older technology, including cinema-standard 4K digital projection and two 40-year-old Westrex 7000 35mm projectors. These projectors can show both recent and rare, culturally valuable films in their original cinema format, including silent films at the correct speed. We are one of the few universities in the country that have these capabilities. You can view films as they were originally meant to be seen, an experience that cannot be replicated through home viewing alone. The Dolby 5.1 surround-sound system enhances your viewing experience.
Course leaders and tutors
Niels's teaching at Sheffield Hallam focuses on imperial history, globalisation, international history, and research training
You work closely with specialists in your chosen field to produce a thesis of up to 40,000 words. Your supervisory team will include a Director of Studies and one or more second supervisors with expertise and interest in your research area. Much of the work for your degree will be carried out independently, and you will need the initiative, motivation and commitment to succeed.
Your supervisors will help you to define your research programme, agree any associated training requirements, and provide direction while encouraging you to develop as an independent researcher.
You learn through
- Independent research
- Supervisory meetings
- Film Screenings
The rigorous analytical thinking necessary for research degrees is attractive to employers. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills which are applicable in related areas such as the film industry, film curatorship and preservation, the creative industries and beyond.
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
You will have access to a desk and computer, as well as to a wide range of databases and other electronic resources through our Library.
On this course you work with
- An extensive collection of books and journals on film and the performing arts.
- Specialist film studies facilities including our purpose-built film theatre The Void
- Privileged access to the British Film Institute (BFI) Archive which contains more than 50,000 fiction films and over 100,000 non-fiction titles, most of which are not available elsewhere
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £4,327 per year.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for international postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £12,500 per year.
Doctoral student loans
Up to £25,700 available to help you while you study a postgraduate doctoral course.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Film and performance courses (PDF)
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