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Film and TV Studies research and PhD programmes

Film and TV Studies at Brunel has established a substantial body of research in a range of topics, including numerous major contributions to the field. Three themes provide strands across which much of this work can be categorized: independent, art and cult cinemas; moving image and critical/cultural theory; and documentary practise and theory. Areas in which staff have published major work recognized in the field include British, European, Hollywood, American independent, Hong Kong, and Third cinema; horror, comedy, the integration of video practice and theory, Marxism and the media, contemporary British and American television. Some of our staff are also filmmakers, particularly in documentary, and/or use documentary itself as a form of research.

Research opportunities for students 

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. Browse PhD opportunities below and find out about the funding available for students.

Research in Film and TV Studies

Find people, projects, groups and publications in Film Studies and read more about related research to this area. 

Independent assessment of our research quality (REF 2021)

Explore our work


About a War - a film by Daniele Rugo and Abi Weaver

A feature-length documentary exploring violence and social change through the testimonies of ex-fighters from the Lebanese Civil War.


Fully-funded studentships

Our funded studentships become available at different times of the year. Please keep checking our page regularly to see the latest funded opportunities. We also advertise all our funded studentships as soon as they become available on the @BrunelResearch twitter account.

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