Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 4-6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



Joint Honours

Start date



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What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Focus on the fast-paced world of film and TV as part of your Joint Honours degree – and prepare for an exciting future in the creative and cultural industries.

This course develops your critical and theoretical understanding of the moving image, drawing on a wide variety of disciplines including history, psychology, cultural studies and aesthetics.

You’ll consider areas such as genre, narration and the film and TV industry while exploring related topics such as film history, contemporary research and the context of production.

As a joint honours student you will also have the opportunity to undertake an extended project within Film and Television.

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Professional links to inspire you

Our strong network of contacts within film and TV will open doors for you. We have close ties with QUAD, the arts and media centre which acts as a creative and cultural force for Derby and features an acclaimed independent cinema. The Chief Executive of QUAD – Adam Buss – is one of our Film and Television graduates. 

We also offer exciting opportunities for you to hear from industry experts via guest lectures, become involved with QUAD cinema and field trips such as to British Board of Film Classification, the London Film Museum and the National Media Museum.

Industry insights and work experience

As part of the course, there is the chance for you to attend a number of film festivals and we encourage you to undertake volunteering opportunities within the sector. Our close links with QUAD pave the way for you to support the marketing and promotion of their annual film festival.

In the second year of your studies, you will select a work experience project and you can gain experience of the creative and cultural industries.

The course also features an opportunity for you to focus on communication and produce a range of coursework including essays, video essays, presentations and a dissertation.  His subject focuses on film and television theory with some practical options and elements included in some modules to apply theory to practical examples.

We sometimes organise an activity for students take part in towards the end of the academic year such as a Filmmaking Summer School.

Learn from an expert team

You will be taught by active researchers who will challenge and motivate you to get the most out of your studies. Our staff have industry experience and research expertise in areas ranging from British TV drama to international horror films, from science fiction on screen to fandom and cult media.

Our Film and Television subject leader, Teresa Forde, has published on science fiction film and television drama, including in the Intellect fandom series on Doctor Who. Senior Lecturer Nathan Hunt has published on video games and zombies.

They will build on your understanding of film theory within a critical and cultural framework.

Study in America

You can choose to study part of your degree at one of our partner universities in America:

Improve your career prospects

A Joint Honours degree fosters your analytical, evaluative, critical and creative thinking, together with your ability to learn and synthesise new skills and ideas.

Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree and you will also be able to demonstrate your organisational skills and capacity to work to deadlines, communicate effectively and carry out independent research. 

Our students have taken the opportunity to combine Film and Television Studies with a range of other subjects within the Joint Honours Scheme . Joint Honours subject combinations include:

What you will study

You can study Film and Television Studies as either a joint, major or minor subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.


The number of modules you take will depend on how you decide to combine Film and Television Studies with your other subject. You will study modules such as:

  • Screening America
  • Film and Television: Text and Context
  • Image, Industry, Analysis*
  • The Wider Screen*

*Depending on your combination

  • Critical Perspectives
  • Image/Music/Sound
  • American Youth Cinema
  • Work Experience Project 
  • American/European Exchange (replaces modules in spring semester)
  • Cyberbodies
  • Horror/Nation
  • New Hollywood and Beyond
  • Ready Player One
  • Independent Study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Find out more about Film and Television Studies

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

This subject is delivered via lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will be asked to produce coursework within each module and will be provided with full feedback in order to improve your work.

You will benefit from the support of our study advisers based in the library as well as study workshops run by the library.

How you will be assessed

Film and Television Studies is assessed via a range of coursework, such as essays, video essays, projects and presentations. There are no formal exams.

Who you will meet

You will be taught by a highly qualified and experienced team of lecturers, with individual areas of expertise and research in film and TV studies. They include:

Dr Teresa Forde - Subject Leader for Film and Television who has published on a range of work on film and television. Her particular interests are in science fiction, soundtrack, cultural theory, fandom, and memory in relation to film and TV. Her publications include chapters on True Blood and The L Word in Television Finales (Syracuse, 2018), a chapter on Fringe in Women's Space: Essays on Female Characters in the 21st Century Science Fiction Western (McFarland, 2019) and the co-edited The Legacy of Mad Men (Palgrave, due 2019).

Simon Philo - Simon's research interests include transatlantic popular music, art in the 1960s, the cultural Vietnam War, and US TV. Simon has published chapters and journal articles on The Simpsons, MTV in Europe, US TV teen dramas, Vietnam War literature, Pop Art, punk, ska and the Rolling Stones. He is the author of British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence (2015) and Glam Rock: Music in Sound and Vision (2018).

Dr Nathan Hunt - Nathan’s research interests span fandom and cult media, taste and popular culture, Hollywood cinema, science fiction and horror, consumer cultures, magazines and the cultural industries, audiences and reception, video games and game culture, masculinity in the media, and postmodernism in film and television. He has published on themes ranging from cult TV to film fan cultures, contributing most recently to a collection on The Zombie Renaissance in Popular Culture (Palgrav).

Tom Craig - Tom is Programme leader for Film Production and teaches on film and television studies with a special interest in horror. Tom has experience in the film industry within film finance and production. He is also the Creative Director of Big Brain Films.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*


£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Graduates from this subject have secured jobs in media-related careers such as cinema marketing or management, television production, television research, journalism, public relations and radio production.

You could also progress to roles in lecturing, teaching, museum work, library work and film archiving. If you want to continue your studies, you can consider postgraduate courses in subjects like film-making, scriptwriting, journalism or teacher training.

Graduate success story

Leigh Small, a Film and Television Joint Honours student, worked on a graphics traineeship with ITV News Group. After completing his training at ITV Central, Leigh was promoted to a fully fledged graphic designer for ITV in Newcastle and he is now a freelance Graphic motion Designer working with a variety of media companies.

Annika Wilmot, a Joint Honours student with a major in Film and Television Studies, is a Production Co-ordinator at BBC Studios who has worked on programmes such as Children in Need.

Drew Taylour Davis, a Film Studies graduate, is a Director of Future Proof Films, a successful video production company Future Proof Films which also produces video content for a range of high profile companies.

Dale Beaumont Brown from Elixir Media has recently made an award winning documentary about wrestling, This is Progress

We also have Film and Television Studies alumni who are teaching in schools and Further Education, librarians, archivists and marketing managers.

Programme leader

Dr Teresa Forde

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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