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Research degrees in theatre, film, television and interactive media

Help to advance emerging research and creative practice in one of our diverse research clusters, from cultural histories to accessible film-making and digital cultures to immersive narration.

Why study at York?

At York, we generate innovative ideas and practices that benefit culture, society and the economy. Our research culture builds on our strengths in studying and making theatre, film, television and interactive media and the ways in which those practices interact. Such innovation has led to several multi-million pound, industry-facing projects with digital creativity at their heart. Study with us and contribute expert research to projects highly relevant in today’s world, such as virtual reality or competitive video games.

Our courses

Masters degrees

Doctoral degrees

Our Screenwriting by research (MA), Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media by Research (PhD) and Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media by Creative Practice (PhD) degrees can be taken as distance learning courses.

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Visiting researchers 

Spend part of your research degree at York as a visiting research student.

World-leading research

We’re one of the UK’s top 25 research institutions in the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest Research Excellence Framework results (2021). 83.3% of our research impact is rated 4* - REF’s highest rating.

York is a UNESCO city of Media Arts

From digital innovation to media arts, York is a creative hub for innovation and ideas. Also a member of the Creative Cities network, for two millennia York has been the meeting point for the ideas and creativity of the world.

Industry-standard facilities

You'll have access to two professional HD television studios, theatre stages, extensive vision and sound post-production suites and a 140-seat 4K digital cinema with surround sound.


Our purpose-built £30m media complex is central to our research activity and home to a wide range of production facilities. We offer industry-standard professional theatres, television studios, sound stage, production labs, digital cinema and much more. Our first-class facilities and diverse staff specialisms place us at the forefront of efforts to develop interdisciplinary research across the University.


To showcase our research and enhance collaboration, we hold a regular series of seminars including papers by visiting speakers, as well as talks by University of York staff. There are also opportunities for current research students to present their research, giving you a chance to build your confidence and forge industry links.

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