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I've been accepted to do an MA in Contemporary Literature at the University of Manchester starting this September, my end goal being to complete a PhD and secure a tenure as a lecturer.

My dilemma is that the more I research possible dissertation topics for my MA (which will probably provide the basis of my PhD), the more I want to focus my research on the relationship between literature and film.

Therefore I'm considering swapping to an MA in Screen Studies, but I'd love to hear from any post-grads from either school, especially those who have gone on to do a PhD. The main information I'm after is - how possible is it to integrate film in to a literature MA, and which subject is currently attracting funding? I'm also a little concerned about the (in my view incorrect) opinion amongst some employers that any degree media/film studies related isn't worth the paper it's written on.

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(Original post by michelle2409)
I've been accepted to do an MA in Contemporary Literature at the University of Manchester starting this September, my end goal being to complete a PhD and secure a tenure as a lecturer.

My dilemma is that the more I research possible dissertation topics for my MA (which will probably provide the basis of my PhD), the more I want to focus my research on the relationship between literature and film.

Therefore I'm considering swapping to an MA in Screen Studies, but I'd love to hear from any post-grads from either school, especially those who have gone on to do a PhD. The main information I'm after is - how possible is it to integrate film in to a literature MA, and which subject is currently attracting funding? I'm also a little concerned about the (in my view incorrect) opinion amongst some employers that any degree media/film studies related isn't worth the paper it's written on.

Thanks in advance
Hello I'm not a postgrad from either department but one of my favourite lecturers with whom I had a good rapport did the Screen Studies MA at UoM. I know he did both his MA in Screen Studies and was doing a East European film PhD at Manchester too. He was from an English Literature background. I remember one time when were talking about MAs and he told me the Screen Studies department was really good and very flexible and inter-disciplinary. He was interested in East European identity and nationality in film, and was then able to become a specialist within my department of Russian and East European Studies. It even advertises itself as "an interdisciplinary MA, taught collaboratively between the Drama subject area and other subject areas across the Faculty."

Definitely worth dropping the Screen Studies convenor an email to double check possibilities of integrating literature into your study. If you're particularly interested in British, American or international film and literature you could then belong to do the department of English and American Studies at Manchester or any of the Foreign Languages departments.

As to your other question, if you're looking at going into academia then don't worry, the Screen Studies department has an excellent reputation from a solid Russell Group university, so no worries there.


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I've been accepted to do an MA in Contemporary Literature at the University of Manchester starting this September, my end goal being to complete a PhD and secure a tenure as a lecturer.

My dilemma is that the more I research possible dissertation topics for my MA (which will probably provide the basis of my PhD), the more I want to focus my research on the relationship between literature and film.

Therefore I'm considering swapping to an MA in Screen Studies, but I'd love to hear from any post-grads from either school, especially those who have gone on to do a PhD. The main information I'm after is - how possible is it to integrate film in to a literature MA, and which subject is currently attracting funding? I'm also a little concerned about the (in my view incorrect) opinion amongst some employers that any degree media/film studies related isn't worth the paper it's written on.

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It depends on the department, though I'd say the majority are open to cross disciplinary work including film. I'm in an English department and work across literature and film (I'm interested in genre and popular culture) - I'd say English is usually more open than Film, e.g. it would be much easier to do film and lit in an English dep't than in a film dep't I suspect..
As a PhD student, though, you'll need to think about finding a supervisor with expertise in both (or a department that assigns you two supervisors). There are a few explicitly interdisciplinary departments e.g. Essex's Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, which would probably be worth checking out (they offer an MA in Literature and Film...in case that would be of interest); if you work mostly in American film and lit, then there is always the option of an American Studies department (depending on your methodological inclinations).
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Cheers madamemerle that's really helpful would you mind asking the lecturer if he would mind you giving out his email address? would be great to ask him a couple of questions. If not, I could forward them to you for you to forward to him?
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Cheers madamemerle that's really helpful would you mind asking the lecturer if he would mind you giving out his email address? would be great to ask him a couple of questions. If not, I could forward them to you for you to forward to him?

Sorry - wasn't me who knows the lecturer.

I just looked at the MA you're talking about, though: I assume it's the Contemporary Literature and Culture MA? If so, I wouldn't have any worries whatsoever about being able to do film and literature in that MA - it looks specifically set up to allow that. It looks like a fantastic program - I'm jealous! Geoff Ryman is one of my favourite writers, how cool to be taught by him!
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Interdisciplinary study is actively encouraged within most humanities departments these days so you shouldn't have any problems doing an English Lit course with film included - in fact it may help your chances of funding for research. Film and Literature have a lot in common and you'll find plenty of academics researching both.
What you will need to decide - and you will need to talk it over with a supervisor - is where you are best placed - either in the English or Film departments - as the focus of the PhD required may be different and you may prefer the requirements of one department over the other. Always best to talk these things through with a potential supervisor.
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Thanks to all of you for your advice. I've since done a lot of running around and have spoken with a lot of people! It seems that you're all right in that there's a lot overlap between the two subjects.

I've spoken with one of the lecturers in the Screen Studies / Drama department who runs a course on text/film adaptation, and he says that this course is available to MA Literature students. He and one other lecturer from the film department specialise in adaptation and both of them would supervise me for a PhD even though I would be an MA Literature graduate. I think I'm going to stay on the MA Contemporary Literature course, as the Screen Studies seems quite vocational and I'm definitely in pursuit of an academic career, and the English department has an incredible reputation. This lecturer also said that adaptations are very much a 'growth area', so hopefully MinnieUK is right about securing funding! Can't wait to get stuck in now

Thanks everyone for your help.
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Hi! I am interested in a course structure or college curriculum that teach literature through film. Second, teaching methods dealing with both literature and film is my interest. Can you guide my and send some links to these issues?
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