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MA in Documentary Practice

The MA in Documentary Practice provides a challenging intellectual framework for the development of documentary production skills. The aim is to combine production professionalism with academic excellence, thereby fostering clever, creative and socially engaged documentary filmmakers. It is ideal for students who wish to become professional filmmakers and/or research academics.


In the first and second semester the teaching for the MA in Documentary Practice comprises taught modules with lectures, screenings, seminars and independent production work. There will be roughly two days of sessions scheduled across the teaching week. In the summer students will undertake the Film Studies Research Project, an independent project that combines academic research and production work, and which is co-supervised by a practice-based tutor and a member of the research team.


The MA is made up of a range of 30 and 60 credit modules totalling 180 credits overall.

◦   Film Studies Core Course

◦   Documentary Film: Theory and Practice

◦   Documentary Production Project

◦   Film Studies Research Project

◦   Optional Modules


Research Team

The practice-based teaching on the MA in Documentary Practice is undertaken by specialist staff. The core course is taught by research academics who are leading figures in their fields; specialisms include film philosophy, film history and national cinemas.


Postgraduate Production

The department of Film has run practice-based modules with a production element for several years. There is an established undergraduate BA Hons Film Studies programme with production work in fiction, documentary and scriptwriting.


Film Studies at QMUL

The Film Studies Department has its own production and studio facilities with dedicated staff.  The department is part of an international school with French, German, Russian and Iberian and Latin America Departments. The MA in Documentary Practice is an international programme in terms of its students and staff and in terms of the range of work produced on the course.


For examples of our students’ production work please have a look at our Film studies Vimeo channel.

Visit the websites, showreels and IMDB pages of some of our graduates working in the industry.


To discuss the MA in Documentary Practice please contact:

Athena Mandis

Programme Leader

 Tel: +44 20 7882 8788


To apply for the MA please contact:  

Postgraduate admissions

School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8332



For more general queries contact:


Graduate Admissions Office

Queen Mary, University of London

London E1 4NS

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5533



International students

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3066



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