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The Creative Skillset approved MA Documentary Practice provides the opportunity to study Documentary Film Making in Practice and Theory.


Study Documentary Practice at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The MA Documentary Practice provides students and professionals alike the opportunity to study Documentary Film Making in practice underpinned with sound academic theory within the context of the current media industry.

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About this course

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Frequntly Asked Question:

Do I get to make films?

Yes, you direct three films during the period of the course.


Two years Part-Time.

Blended Learning.

One day a week attendance.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

Candidates must meet the University's minimum entrance requirements and in addition hold an honours degree at minimum 2.1 or professional equivalence.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

100% Coursework. Assessment by Practice using industry models, such as Films, Proposals, Pitches, Budgets, Scripts. Academic component assessed by critical and reflective writing through Essays, Reports and Dissertation.

Exemptions and transferability

Transfer to and from other Ulster University postgraduate programmes facilitated and supported.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Documentary Film Directing and attendant skills, e.g. Producer, Camera Operator, Sound Recordist, Editor. Many graduates have found internal positions within organisations such as BBCni, UTV, RTE, TG4 as well as teaching positions in Seconday and Further Education sectors. For information on postgraduate research opportunities see:

Work placement / study abroad

Past Graduates have obtained funding and visa support for travel and expenses from One World Media to film in Africa. Staff links to industry in North America. Erasmus links to study in Europe.

Professional recognition

Creative Skillset

This course is recognised by Creative Skillset, Sector Skills Council and carries the Creative Skillset Tick for the purposes of indicating courses best suited to prepare for a Creative Industries career.

Academic profile

Course team boasts tutors from industry with international Feature, Broadcast and Industrial experience from the UK, EU and North American independant and commercial sectors.

Our staff are Research Active (Centre for Media Practice, MeCCSA) and engaged with industry through Innovation and Entreprise Activity.


Application is directly to the University via an online system. See: and

You are advised that the deadline for submission of applications is 1 June. We will consider late applications but these may suffer delays in processing and places may be unavailable.

Film Makers with industrial experience who have non-standard academic credentials may apply through an Acreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Contact the Course Director for further information.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Tuition fees shown are for last years entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to an annual increase. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study. Read our Tuition Fees Payment Policy

Northern Ireland & EU:

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Graduates have obtained Scholarships through BAFTA, ni Screen, SKY and One World Media.

Additional mandatory costs

All equipment and software provided.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.


School Office (Mrs S. Quinn)

T: +44 (0) 28 7012 3361


For queries about your application or admissions process please email:


Graduates have reported that they found the flexible structure of the programme through Blended Learning and Block Teaching allowed them to balance full-time work pressures with part-time study. They reported that they were impressed with the quality of Guest Speakers.