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Research Methods (Film)

Key facts

  • Film Studies Department
  • Undergraduate degree
    • FLM509 Research Methods (Film). Level 5 module. Compulsory from 2016.
    • Second-year undergraduate module for BA Film Studies students.
    • Wikipedia related work includes groups of students reviewing, evaluating, and editing a Wikipedia page.
    • Started in 2013
    • Organised by Dr Nick Jones (previously organised by Dr Jenny Chamarette)


Research Methods (Film) is designed to develop research skills needed to succeed in university and beyond in the world of work. It is designed to foster a broad approach to research methods and expertise, rather than to train students in a particular critical approach. The module is also designed to ensure that students attain the higher level graduate attributes, including research capacity, clarity of communication, critical engagement with knowledge, information expertise, and rounded intellectual development, among others. As such, the module is designed to help students acquire transferable skills that will be useful outside university.

In the first part of the module, students work in small groups to adopt and edit a Wikipedia page on a particular film; in the second part of the module students work on a proposal for a possible dissertation/research project. The module involves elements of formal teaching, group-led and independent study, weekly reading and preparation, and peer review; and a range of assessments, including the editing of a Wikipedia page, group and individual presentations, and written assignments.

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