Global Cinema

BA (Hons)

The Global Cinema 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.


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?

This innovative combined degree course 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.

Key information

EU Applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2017 and 2018 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. EU students will also be eligible for tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

  • UCAS: P390
  • Qualification: BA (Hons)
  • Study methods: Full-time, Part-time, Campus based
  • Start date: September
  • Course Director: Professor Elizabeth Ezra
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Location: Stirling Campus

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Professor Elizabeth Ezra

University of Stirling

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

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

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points

BTEC (Level 3):

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.

Fees and costs

Fees 2017/18

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,845.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years


Fees 2018/19

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 12,140.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.

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. 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.

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

The BA with Honours in Global Cinema is a combined degree with Film and Media Studies.

Semesters 1-3

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

  • Global Cinema and Media 1: Representation, Meaning and Identity
  • Post-war European Cinema and Media 2: The Moving Image
  • Classic European Cinema and Media 3: Reading Film and Television

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 Film and Media Studies.

Core advanced modules include:

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

Advanced option modules include:

  • African Literature and Cinema
  • Exoticism in French Cinema
  • The Body in Screen Culture
  • Sport, the Media and Popular Culture
  • Gender and Representation
  • Queering Latin America: Sexuality and Gender in Film
  • Radio Feature Production
  • Radio Drama Production
  • Postcolonial France
  • Transatlantic Cinema

Delivery 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.

Related degrees

European Film and Media; Film and Media; French; Spanish.

Modes of study

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

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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. At Honours level, students can expect to have a two-hour seminar in each module per week.

Why Stirling?

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

Study abroad opportunities

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!

Our staff

Staff in film studies have published widely on film, media and culture, including articles and books on European, African, Latin American and Hollywood cinema, early cinema, media and feminism, film and embodiment, and a range of filmmakers, actors, and film movements.

Careers and employability

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

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.

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