MA Film Production

The Media, Film and Broadcast Centre is a purpose-built production environment which includes television studios, radio studios, video editing suites, audio edit suites, Apple Mac digital media labs with Adobe software and a sound theatre.

The Course

MA Film Production is a practice-led Master's programme focusing on screenwriting and film production, supported by film theory.

Members of the teaching team have included screenwriter Ewen Glass; writer-directors Phil Stevens, Dr Mikey Murray and Marcella Forster; and cinematographer Jack Shelbourn.

Guest lecturers have included feature-film director Deborah Haywood (Pin Cushion), production designer/art director Anna Pritchard (Broadchurch, The Psychopath Next Door) and sound designer/recordist Grant Bridgeman (The C Word, Bronson).

You will have the opportunity to develop your practical production skills in our Media, Film and Broadcast Centre with access to facilities including television and radio suites, editing suites, Mac digital media labs, a sound theatre and screenwriting room.

This course is designed to provide an educational context through practical workshops in production techniques, lectures and seminars, through which you will have the opportunity to develop an advanced level of creative, conceptual, technical, critical, organisational and research skills, all of which can be appropriate to employment in the media industries. Independent working engages with production projects, research and the completion of academic assignments.

Contact and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

Dewesternizing Film Studies (Option)
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Dewesternizing Film Studies (Option)

Dewesternizing Film Studies aims to rethink and reassess the conceptual apparatus of contemporary film studies and theory to test its suitability for the analysis of film production, exhibition and reception in a variety of non-western contexts.

Film Production 1 (Core)
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Film Production 1 (Core)

This module provides students with the opportunity to gain practical production experience, including scriptwriting, directing, camera, lighting, sound recording and editing skills. These are practised via production of two short digital films (documentary, experimental or fiction), which are assessed.

Film Production 2 & Final Project Pitch (Core)
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Film Production 2 & Final Project Pitch (Core)

This module is designed to enable students to use a chosen medium (radio or single or *multi camera production or screenwriting or photography or design or new media) as a means of personal expression.

The module will be organised around providing students with the opportunity to further develop technical skills and techniques in their chosen specialism so as to: develop an original concept, undertake appropriate production research, schedule the project, produce the project and edit the project. A smaller project within this module aims to enable students to conduct the research, development and planning necessary for the final masters project in their chosen specialism.

*Dependent on the numbers of applicants wishing to specialise in this production platform.

Final Film Project (Core)
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Final Film Project (Core)

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to realise the project idea which they developed in Project Pre-Production. The project is expected to be, depending on the student’s chosen specialism, a programme, a script, an extensive still image or design portfolio or new media project. It is intended that the project will contribute to the development of the student as someone capable of conceiving and realising a creative project to a professional standard. It is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop their conceptual, critical, creative, technical and organisational skills to a high order.

Gender, Culture and Media in a Global Context (Option)
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Gender, Culture and Media in a Global Context (Option)

This module examines the multi-directional and variable relationship between gender, media and culture. We will interrogate the category of gender as a tool of cultural analyses and its relation to media and popular culture. Gender will be presented as central to media and cultural formations; while media, mediation and culture will be presented as central to gender formations. Key concepts to be examined in relation to gender will include body, class, power, sexual difference, masculinity/femininity race/ethnicity, identity/non-identity, subjectivity. These concepts will be introduced and examined in relation to case studies, media practices and texts from a variety of historical and geo-political contexts.

Human and Inhuman in the 21st Century (Option)
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Human and Inhuman in the 21st Century (Option)

This module examines the specific social, cultural and political implications of everyday life in the 21st Century. It will aim to do this by attending to the expression and mediation of these issues in popular culture, dominant discourse and creative practice.

Media Ecologies 1 (Option)
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Media Ecologies 1 (Option)

This module is designed to critically tackle the current disintegration between discrete media forms. It recognises that long established boundaries between modes, practices and conventions of media have become diffuse. Where, in the past, individual media forms were comfortably self-contained and distinctive, today these forms are experienced as a type of informational content that we access on multiple devices and in multiple contexts.

The module understands contemporary media to be a complex, entangled ‘ecology’, a dynamic system in which any one product, device or image is always multiply connected, and in which our use of such media is necessarily informed by such connections. It insists that media activity is informed by a pattern of relations between individuals, political and economic institutions, commercial brands, and technologies.

Media Ethics, Law and Regulation (Core)
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Media Ethics, Law and Regulation (Core)

This module is designed provide the opportunity to develop an understanding of the ethical context of media production, media law and regulation in the UK (EU) and the USA. The module will be organised around discussion and examination of: ethics of media production, rights of free expression, common law of libel, ECHR and HRA, current UK and US communications acts, journalists’ codes of practice and content regulatory codes.

Media Industries (Option)
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Media Industries (Option)

This module provides the opportunity to develop an understanding of the structures of media systems regionally, nationally and globally, with a specific focus on private and public funding sources and the organisation of media production, distribution and exhibition for traditional as well as new media platforms and outlets.

The module will be organised around discussion and examination of:

  • UK Creative Industries and their relation to global media systems and markets.
  • Existing media markets and the identification of future markets
  • The development of new media technologies and their impact on media markets
  • Normative practices operating in media corporations and small and media sized businesses
  • Case studies of innovation and creativity in media production.

The module will also have contributions from visiting media professionals.

The Art and Craft of Film (Core)
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The Art and Craft of Film (Core)

This module is designed as an introduction to the work of professional practitioners in film and television, such as the screenwriter, director, cinematographer, art director, sound designer and editor. Guest speakers are professionals from the industry and aim to share their craft secrets with students. Assessment is via presentation and a written case study.

The Working Screenwriter: Art and Industry (Option)
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The Working Screenwriter: Art and Industry (Option)

This module is a practice-based and practitioner-led experience, in which students will have the opportunity to create materials relevant to the construction of a feature screenplay.

The process will begin in earnest with AfterEight, an entire eight hours dedicated to kick-starting feature ideas and developing these into robust and sustainable screen stories. At the end of this intensive process, supported by lecturers and practitioners, and modelled on the highly popular 24-hour film challenges, students are expected to have the bones of a feature film story, which they can develop further and use as a basis for their screenplay.

A series of masterclasses and guest lectures by screenwriters, directors, writer-directors, cinematographers and producers will provide an insider overview of the film industry today, with advice on getting employment and credits. Students can learn how to survive as a freelancer in the early years and how to approach screenwriting/writing-directing as a long-term career. The demands of being a screenwriter are different to those of the writer-director and each will also be addressed.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessment is conducted using a range of strategies which include media productions, programme pitches, presentations, case studies and essays.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

International students may require evidence of a media portfolio posted online.

Media academics conduct internationally recognised research in a variety of topics, including Spielberg studies, film and medievalism, exploitation studies, and film and gender.

Industry Links

Members of the teaching team have included screenwriter Ewen Glass, writer-directors Phil Stevens, Dr Mikey Murray and Marcella Forster, and cinematographer Jack Shelbourn.

Visiting Speakers

Guest lecturers have included feature-film director Deborah Haywood (Pin Cushion), production designer/art director Anna Pritchard (Broadchurch, The Psychopath Next Door) and sound designer/recordist Grant Bridgeman (The C Word, Bronson).

For more information on previous visiting speakers in the Lincoln School of Film and Media, please visit:

 2019/20 Entry*
Home/EU £7,400

(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

International £16,000
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

- £10,906, if your course starts on or after 1 August 2019
- £10,609, if your course starts between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Marcella Forster

Marcella Forster

Programme Leader

Marcella Forster is a screenwriter and filmmaker specialising in dramas about parent-child dynamics. She has written for film and TV, including EastEnders (BBC1) and the award-winning short film Daddy's Girl, which she also directed and which screened at high-profile festivals around the world. Marcella has been a script doctor at the London Screenwriters' Festival. She has an academic interest in women writer-directors and publishes on this subject.


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

This programme aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the high-level technical skills and knowledge required to establish careers in the media, film and television industries in roles including programme making, post-production and project management. Some students may choose to pursue careers in teaching or undertake a research degree at doctoral level.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure you have access to the specialist equipment and resources you need to develop the skills you may need in their future career.

There is a full range of portable equipment for filming and recording on location, as well as access to some media software for home use. All Media Production students can have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud software via our media and design labs.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.