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Film and Screen Media and History

Study History and Film and Screen Media as part of a small, student focused department, at a University with the most satisfied students in London.

Why study Film and Screen Media and History?

A degree in Film and Screen Media and History will give you an excellent basis to pursue a career in the creative and cultural industries. Studying Film and Screen Media alongside History means that you will develop high level academic research skills, alongside the practical and theoretical understanding of the media industry that will help you stand out in fields like marketing, production, PR, and the creative and heritage industries.  

The degree offers you the chance to follow your own passions. History at St Mary’s ranges from the medieval period to the present day, and covers the History of Britain, Europe, America, the Middle East, North Africa and Australia. Film and Screen Media includes nodules focused on the theory and practice of screen media, as well as focusing on different national cinemas and genres.

We offer opportunities for you to gain work experience in the media and specialist modules to develop your skills in creative scriptwriting, film and cultural criticism, and film production. 

Why St Mary’s?

As a Film and Screen Media and History student at St Mary’s you will be part of a friendly and supportive community you will be part of a friendly and supportive community, and you will work closely with the leading academics that teach here. We feel that this allows us to offer a really high quality student experience, and students at St Mary’s are the most satisfied with their course of any University in London.

As part of the Department of the Humanities, you will benefit from the vibrant community of students and staff. All of our lecturers are experts in their field, and students can also benefit from the range of talks and events held at the Twickenham Exchange arts centre.

Career opportunities

A diverse range of career opportunities exist for Film and Screen Media and History graduates. The employment skills that you will have acquired should allow you to develop a career in: the media, communications, market research, the heritage sector and public services. You will benefit from being 35 minutes away from the historical sites and media industries in central London.

These skills will also allow you move into graduate and specialist management positions and provide you with essential skills and knowledge needed if you wish to set up your own business.

The degree also provides a sound basis from which to undertake further postgraduate and specialist training.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Film and Screen Media and History students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

You can also undertake a work placement as part of your degree. 


Key facts

  • St Mary’s students have the highest levels of satisfaction with their courses of any University in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • Choose your own pathway through the degree, tailoring it to your interests
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus, just a half hour train journey from Central London
  • Study overseas at one of our partner institutions in the US or Europe
Teaching methods

The course is predominantly taught through seminars and workshops, where you will work collaboratively with other students.

The programme includes a number of screenings and field trips to relevant historical sites in London and nearby. The cost of entry and reimbursement for travel is included in the tuition fees.

Some teaching is also done through lectures and tutorials. Tutorials are a great opportunity for you to discuss your work with us in detail.

Assessment methods

Most of our assessment is by coursework (about 90%) with a small number of revealed exams (about 10%).

Our assessment models are different for each module, allowing you to develop a range of demonstrable skills during your degree programme.

Many modules are assessed through essays, but you will also write critical commentaries about primary sources, or review books and articles. In some modules, you may give presentations, or participate in mini-conferences or where you will present your work to your peers in a supportive and encouraging environment. Other modules allow you to submit practical production work or screenwriting.

You will receive written feedback on all assignments and are encouraged to meet regularly with tutors to discuss your work individually.