Global Cinema and Culture

Study Global Cinema and Culture with either Film and Media Studies (in the Global Cinema degree) or English (in the Literature and Cinema degree)

What can films and other types of artistic representation tell us about our globalised world? How have cultural forms and practices evolved through this and the last century, as different global groups and regions have become increasingly interconnected?

These innovative combined degree courses cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries, drawing on several areas of expertise in visual culture across the humanities. You’ll learn how to interpret cultural texts and practices from throughout the world, gaining a solid grounding in film and textual analysis, cultural studies and area studies. These degrees can lead to a variety of careers, including publishing; academia; journalism; television, radio and film; administration and management; advertising and public relations.

We’re a vibrant and friendly team, with close international ties and a reputation for cutting- edge research and high-quality teaching.

Entrance requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
BBBB - one sitting.
ABBB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points

Other qualifications


Minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.

Advanced entry
Not available.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply.

If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).

Course contact

Professor Elizabeth Ezra University of Stirling
+ 44 (0) 1786 4677538

Course Director

Professor Elizabeth Ezra

Find out more

Degree course

The BA with Honours in Global Cinema and Culture exists in two Combined Honours courses, Global Cinema (with Film and Media Studies) and Literature and Cinema (with English)

Semesters 1 – 3

In Semesters 1 – 3 you will take the following core modules:

  • Global Cinema and a module in English (for the Literature and Cinema degree) or Film and Media (for the Global Cinema degree)
  • Post-war European Cinema and a module in English (for the Literature and Cinema degree) or Film and Media (for the Global Cinema degree)
  • Classic European Cinema and a module in English (for the Literature and Cinema degree) or Film and Media (for the Global Cinema degree)

Semesters 4 – 8

In Semesters 4 – 8 you will develop a critical understanding and analytical approach to global cinema and culture, including analysis of certain non- European cultures. At the same time, you will develop your skills in English (for the Literature and Cinema degree) or Film and Media Studies (for the Global Cinema degree).

Core advanced modules include:

  • Global Cinema and Culture Theory 1
  • Global Cinema and Culture Theory 2
  • Dissertation Preparation
  • Dissertation

Advanced option modules include:

  • Transnational Identities
  • African Literature and Cinema
  • French Cinema of the Fantastic
  • Queering Latin America: Sexuality and Gender in Film
  • Postcolonial France
  • Transatlantic Cinema

Teaching and assessment

Assessment is continuous, so you will submit coursework as well as sitting exams. There is also a component of group work and group assessment, which enables you to develop teamwork skills.

In the final year of your studies, you will take a dissertation module and write a dissertation on a specialist subject of your own choosing.

Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

In the first two years, students might have one lecture and one seminar a week per module, with a film screening every two weeks. At Honours level, students can expect to have a two-hour seminar in each module per week.

Combined degrees

Global Cinema and Culture can be studied with:
CourseUCAS Code
English QP3H
Film and Media P390

(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)

Related degrees

The Global Cinema and Culture degree at Stirling is distinctive in that it combines the study of cultural theory with the study of cinema and other visual media such as photography.

Study abroad

You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.


Staff on the course have international reputations in the fields of cinema and cultural studies.

Languages, Cultures and Religions has particular strengths in film studies, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, and queer studies.

Our students

The staff create a friendly, and academic atmosphere throughout the course encouraging you to fulfil your maximum potential at all times. So if your interests are rooted in the way cinema operates, particularly in different cultures then this course is perfect for you!


Alex Jackson, recent English Studies with Global Cinema and Culture graduate (now Literature and Cinema).

Our Staff

Professor Elizabeth Ezra has published widely on cinema and culture, including books on European cinema, transnational cinema, early cinema, and French colonial/postcolonial film and culture. She sits on the editorial and advisory boards of several academic journals, and is co-director of Stirling’s MLitt in Film Studies, which is jointly taught with Communication, Media and Culture.

Success stories

Although the course is quite new in that it has only recently produced its first cohort of graduates, already this group of students has had considerable success in gaining places on postgraduate courses.

96% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education, 2015)

Career opportunities

The attractive combination of skills developed by this course is highly sought after by employers both in the UK and abroad. Graduates are prepared for a wide variety of careers in publishing, journalism, television, radio and film, academia, administration and management, advertising and public relations.

Skills you can develop through this course

As you progress through your Global Cinema and Culture degree, you will have the opportunity to develop  practical skills and attributes that are much sought after by prospective employers: 

  • Written communication – these skills are developed through the various essays, reports and examinations required for each of your modules
  • Oral communication – learn to get your point across effectively in a group setting through class presentations 
  • Teamworking –  groupwork is an essential part of your GCC degree, and is developed through group presentations
  • Global awareness — you will gain an understanding of the variety of cultures and national identities that shape the world today, as well as an awareness of the role of cultural practices and cultural institutions in society
  • Media analyisis—you will become proficient in the analysis of a range of media and expressive arts, including not only cinema, but also digital media, photography, literature and advertising
  • Time management – you will learn how to manage your time more effectively through your active involvement in group projects, as well as by successfully juggling your weekly workload in order to meet your multiple deadlines for coursework 
  • Self-confidence – participating in every aspect of your degree will help build your confidence, both personally and professionally.

Chances to expand your horizons

Global Cinema and Culture students enjoy a vibrant, cross-cultural environment in which they will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures from high-profile international speakers.

Where are our graduates now?

According to recent statistics (Unistats, 2012), more than 85 percent of Global Cinema graduates go on to employment or further study within six months of graduation. Our recent graduates have gone on to a wide variety of jobs in the UK and abroad including: academia, administration and management, advertising, journalism, public relations, and television, radio and film production. 

Graduating with a degree in Global Cinema and Culture degree does not necessarily mean that you have to progress into a career in that field.  A Global Cinema and Culture degree is a solid foundation upon which to base a career in a variety of different fields.

Fees 2016/7

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,555.00
Scottish and EU students TBC
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years


Fees 2015/6

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,275.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information


Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.

Please note: Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

Global Cinema and Culture
  • Degree award BA (Hons)
  • UCAS Code P390
  • Type Full-time, Part-time
  • Start date September
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