Term Dates and Structure

The MA International Film Business is a split-site degree: taught across the University of Exeter campus in term 1 (including a field trip to the London Film Festvial) and The London Film School in term 2 (including a trip to the Berlinale and European Film Market, Berlin). In discussion with their tutors, students can then decide where it is best for them to be located in term 3 to research and write up their dissertation or dissertation project.

The first term is taught at the University of Exeter by leading film academics, where you will have access to world-class university resources and facilities (including the globally renowned Bill Douglas Cinema Museum). You will undertake a global survey of international film production, distribution and exhibition strategies and trends, and study business strategy, accounting and finance, intellectual property and entertainment economics.

Term two is taught by expert tutors and practitioners at the renowned London Film School in Covent Garden. You’ll study the entertainment value chain through seminars delivered by school staff and industry professionals, and a further series of intensive full-day seminars exploring film business innovation will lead into a final project, guided by staff and your industry mentor. This individual or group-based project will reflect the practical application of independent filmmaking, delivery or curating, based on elements studied in previous modules.

Term three is devoted to the written dissertation or dissertation project. As the needs of each student can vary for this project and since it is now possible for supervision to take place via distance (e.g. on Skype) there is a degree of flexibility as to where students choose to research and write-up their dissertation. Some remain in London, others return to Exeter or may even (if they are international students) return home to complete fieldwork for their dissertation. Students are encouraged towards the end of term 2 to discuss what arrangements work best for them for term 3.

Term dates 2018-19:

Term 1, Exeter: Mon 24 September – Fri 14 December
Term 2, London: Mon 7 January – Fri 29 March
Term 3, London: Mon 29 April – Fri 19 July

Berlinale International Film Festival Field Trip

In your second term you will take part in our four-day field trip to the Berlin International Film Festival, including access to the European Film Market, which is a business to business event not open to the public.

The Berlinale takes place in February and is one of the world’s oldest and most important international film festivals. About 400 films from all around the world are screened each year at the festival, most of which are international or European premieres.

As well as the excitement of premieres and the films in competition, the Berlinale is an important place for film industry executives to do business. The Berlinale hosts both the European Film Market and the International co-production market, where around 400 companies are represented. The festival also organises a variety of workshops, panel discussions and film programmes. As an accredited visitor you will be able to take advantage of many of these events.

Expenses for accommodation, flights, travel and accreditation are included as part of the cost of the MA for each student. You will, however, be expected to cover any other additional costs associated with your trip to the festival. A £500 bursary will be paid in November for you to book your flight and hotel. In November, you must also ensure that you have the correct travel visa; most non-EU students will need a Schengen visa to travel to Germany and visa applications should be made to the German Embassy in London (for more information, click here). Exeter/LFS will organise your festival accreditation.
You can find out more about the Berlinale from the festival website and from Professor Will Higbee’s blog posts about visiting Berlinale.



At Exeter you will have access to world-class university resources and facilities including the world-renowned Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. The museum holds a unique archival collection with particular strengths in the area of British Film Producers. In your first term you will design and deliver a Pop-Up Cinema event in the museum. Housed in the University’s state-of-the-art Research Commons study facility the museum houses more than 70,000 artefacts and includes extensive archival material on selected British film producers. The main University Library also has significant holdings in the area of film studies including books, journals and more than 10,000 films and television programmes on videotape and DVD. Our Audio-Visual collection in the University library comprises over 12,000 film titles, in addition to books and recordings of American music of all kinds. All our Postgraduate students enjoy access to excellent computing facilities.

The Postgraduate Common Room in the Queen’s Building provides a relaxing space where postgraduate students can meet and work together in reading and discussion groups.

While in London, you will have access to the British Film Institute library and National Film Theatre as well as some of the facilities and expertise of the London Film School.



Students will study five core modules to a total of 180 credits across three terms.

EAFM205 and EAFM200 will be studied in Exeter in term 1.

EAFM201, EAFM202 will be studied in London in term 2. EAFM201 is delivered by staff from the LFS, EAFM202 is co-delivered between LFS and Exeter.

In term three you have a choice between EAFM203 (written dissertation) and EAFM204 (dissertation project). As already stated, arrangements for supervision and meetings with the industry mentor that may effect where you base yourself to research your dissertation in term 3 will be discussed with each student individually.

More information about individual elements of the modules, including assessments can be found here (Select ‘Film Studies – postgraduate’ from the drop-down menu).

Timetables & iExeter

To access your timetable please use the IExeter student portal. IExeter also gives you access to the following online
University systems:


  • Your student email
  • ELE (module support, resources and information)
  • Library records and electronic resources
  • BART assessment submissions portal
  • Your student record system (SRS)
  • My career zone
  • Student information desk (SID enquiries)

You can also download the ‘iExeter’ app to receive timetabling information direct to your mobile as well as access to some of the other systems listed above. More information on ‘iExeter’ can be found here.

For department, module, programme and room timetables please visit the University’s Timetabling and Room Booking Office website, you can use this website to book rooms for group study and meetings.

Assessment and Feedback

Submission, Conventions and Criteria

General information on awards and assessment procedures can be found in the Taught Programmes Handbook under sections marked for Postgraduates. All essays submitted should follow the following generic format:


  • Use a clearly readable font such as Times New Roman or Arial
  • Use minimum of 11 point font size
  • Learn how to use accents when quoting in languages other than English
  • Use double-spacing and clear margins of at least 2.5 cm all around
  • Number your pages
  • Use automatic footnote facility
  • Add your student number to the top of all pages but do NOT include your name. This ensures that your work remains anonymous to the marker
  • Keep a copy of the work you hand in (correct version)
  • All printed work should be printed double-sided unless otherwise advised by your department.


College of Humanities (EAFM200 and EAFM205)

In term 1, students will take EAFM200 and EAFM205. Assessments for these modules will be submitted online via BART. The deadline for all College of Humanities assignments is 10am unless specified otherwise. Feedback will be returned online within three weeks of your assignment deadline. The module convenor will be able to confirm this. Some formative work (i.e. not counted towards final assessment) is not included in the system. These pieces of work are often handed directly to your tutors.

The London Film School (EAFM201 and EAFM202)

These modules are taught at the London Film School in term 2. Written assessments will be submitted via e-BART and the work will also receive e-feedback through e-BART.

Dissertation (EAFM203 or EAFM204)

In the final term (term 3) of the MA International Film Business you will choose either EAFM203 Dissertation or EAFM204 Dissertation Project. The specific topic for the Dissertation/ Dissertation Project will be selected by you or your group in discussion with one of the course tutors - acting as your supervisor - ensuring that the final project/dissertation is informed by the overarching learning process of the MA as a whole.

EAFM203: You may choose to undertake a final dissertation related to an issue covered on one of the modules, which you will then develop into an independent study of 20,000 words. You will work with both your allotted supervisor and an industry-based mentor, who will provide practical advice and guidance.

EAFM204: The Dissertation Project allows you to produce a portfolio of work that reflects the practical application of independent filmmaking, delivery or curating, either alone or in a group. You will develop a case study or virtual project, based on one element studied in previous modules on the degree - for example, you may choose to create a virtual production company to explore a specific aspect of development, financing, sales and distribution in relation to the independent film production.

General information on MA dissertations in the College of Humanities can be found here.

If you wish to apply for mitigation for any of the modules, please follow this link: http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/taughthandbook/assessment/extensions,_deferrals_and_mitigation/

Dissertation submission

The standard deadline for MA dissertations is 10am on the final Friday of August. For this programme, the students should submit their dissertations to e-BART. The Administrative contact will be Gwen Morris. Please speak to the Information Point in Queen's Building for further information.

Advice and Support

Personal Tutor

The Personal Tutor is a student’s first port of call in matters relating personal development, academic progress and welfare. A Personal Tutor should also monitor progress, and assist tutees in reviewing their achievements and skills. You should, therefore, maintain contact with your tutor. Tutors will arrange a number of meetings with their tutees across a year, in accordance with University policy, and it is the responsibility of students to attend these meetings. Tutors are also available throughout the year, in their office-hours. For references, you should ask your personal tutor in the first instance. Otherwise, you could approach a lecturer whose modules you took. Make sure you ask the person concerned before you name them as a referee. Please remember to give your referee a copy of your CV so that they can write more accurately about you. Our responsibility to provide references does not end when you leave the University; indeed we routinely write references to students who left years ago. Your Personal Tutor for the MA International Film Business will be visible on your Student Record System. If you wish to make an appointment with your personal tutor, please check for office hours and email beforehand.

Support for International Students

The University of Exeter offers specialised and dedicated support for non-UK students. Details of the types of help and support on offer can be found on the International Student Support website.

All international students are strongly encouraged to attend specifically-tailored ‘Insessional’ support classes and workshops which are designed to help develop academic literacy skills. More information about The Insessional Programme can be found here.

Accommodation Advice

The University of Exeter does not provide accommodation for term 1. Students are encouraged to look to rent a short-term let in the private sector. Exeter Student Pad provides listings from the local landlords.
There are also a number of purpose-built private halls of residence within the city which offer individual tenancies who may offer short-term contracts.
More information and advice on accommodation in Exeter is available on the University’s Postgraduate Accommodation webpage under the MA International Film Business tab.

For terms 2 and 3, London Film School can put you in contact with accommodation agencies and also help to broker introductions to current students looking for sharers. For more information email Becky Shaw.

Key Contacts


Additional information on the University of Exeter’s Film Department staff can be found here.


University of Exeter:

Students can register with the on-campus Student Health Centre for general medical needs. The University of Exeter’s Student Wellbeing Service offer comprehensive and confidential wellbeing support whenever
you may need it. You can find out more about the services on offer and book an appointment via the Wellbeing webpages. For out of hours help, the Wellbeing Information Directory is designed to give students access self-help resources and advice at any time. Students may also contact ‘Voice’, a confidential listening and information service. You can contact ‘Voice’ by calling 01392 724000 or via Skype, email, or instant messenger (available from 8pm to 8am, Wed-Sun during term-time) – for more information, please visit their website.

London Film School:


Because our MA courses are all over 6 months duration all of our students, including international students, are automatically entitled to NHS treatment. The National Health Service (NHS) is the free national healthcare provider in the UK. This means that you are all entitled to register with a GP (general practitioner/family doctor).

GPs: We strongly advise that you register with a GP as soon as you settle in the UK – please don’t wait until you are ill to find a doctor. You can search for GP surgeries by using the NHS website www.nhs.uk All you need to do is to put in your postcode and you will immediately get a list of local GP practices. It is preferable to register with a doctor close to where you actually live. To register, you will need to visit the doctor’s receptionist asking to be added to their list of NHS patients. You may be asked to take along your passport, proof of address and confirmation of your student status. If you need to provide proof of your student status you can collect a letter from the Student Services Manager. Registering with a doctor is free of charge, as is any consultation you have with them. If they prescribe you any medicines then there is a charge for prescriptions. Most GP practices will have female doctors which you can ask to be seen by if you prefer.

Dentists: To find a dentist you can use www.nhs.uk or you could also go to www.bda-findadentist.org.uk If you are looking for a dentist who will accept you as an NHS patient and use the BDA site, search under ‘both’ not just NHS. Even if you are accepted as an NHS patient you will probably still be expected to pay towards your dental treatment.

Other Sources of Advice: Most pharmacies/chemists have pharmacists who can offer advice on minor ailments such as colds and coughs. The nearest pharmacies to LFS is Boots at 4 James Street (just down from Covent Garden Underground). You can also obtain either prescription medicines or simple medicines such as aspirin, paracetomol or cough medicines from them.
NHS Direct – 111. This is a free advice service provided by the NHS. They operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you phone them you will speak to an operator who will take a note of your problem and they will get a nurse to call you back with professional advice.  
NHS Walk-in Centres provide free medical care and will see patients with minor illnesses or minor injuries. The nearest NHS Walk-in Centre to LFS is the Soho NHS Walk-in Centre at 1 Frith Street. Further information can be obtained from the Student Services Manager.

In An Emergency: Accident and Emergency can be found at some, not all, hospitals. A&E departments should only be used in the case of true emergencies and accidents. The nearest A&E department to LFS is University College Hospital, 235 Euston Road. You can either make your own way to an A&E department or in a real emergency call for an ambulance using 999. Emergency 999 calls are always free even from mobile phones. Please note if you use A&E for a non-urgent problem you may have to wait up to 4 hours to be treated.

Outside of your Course


Despite its small size comparable to London, Exeter boasts a thriving arts and culture scene for you to get involved in during your time here.

Here is a selection of some of the city’s key venues:

As well as this, you are encouraged to make the most of your time at the University of Exeter and get involved in our many Guild Societies on offer, such as XTV, Campus Cinema and Film Society.


Membership Cards

If you wish to use the National Film Theatre or International Student House, your LFS student ID card should be used to gain access. The British Film Institute Reference Library is located at the BFI Southbank, approximately 15 minutes from the school and has an extensive collection of books, magazines etc and access is free of charge. The Students' Union at the LFS is affiliated to the National Union of Students. You can obtain a membership card for the NUS via the Students' Union (Please contact welfare.office@lfs-students.org.uk) This card is widely accepted as proof of status and for discounts such as cheap travel tickets.

Beyond Your MA

Continuing Your Studies

Information on continuing your postgraduate studies in the College of Humanities can be found here. For any questions about further postgraduate study, you may contact the Graduate School Team directly via email.

Careers Guidance

The University of Exeter’s Career Zone offers dedicated support for students in helping them progress into their future career and this support continues once students have graduated. The College of Humanities also provides helpful information on career progression, opportunities and top tips on the Humanities Careers ELE page.