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The International MAster in Cinema Studies (IMACS) is organised by a network of fourteen universities regulated by a general mobility agreement approved and signed by all partner universities involved.

The programme is based on a broad range of courses, and it is developed diversifying and enhancing the scientific specialization of each partner of the network. The resulting offer is a value-added educational path, proposing a distinguished initiative in the field of cinema and audiovisual studies in Europe.

IMACS is open to 5 students per university each year, selected on the basis of a research project and their language skills. The selected students are expected to attend their classes in three different universities belonging to the network, their home university and two other HE institutions located in two different countries. The classes are held in the language of the country where they take place.

This programme is focused on research and its main aim is to provide students with excellent qualifications; the participants receive a certificate issued by each university complementing the MA diploma issued by their home university, which should be considered as an encouraging starting point for a possible PhD application.


IMACS is conceived as a master programme allowing the selected student to gain the equivalent qualifications in each and every one of the universities where s/he has taken her/his classes.

Designed as a two-years programme (Master 1 and Master 2), IMACS provides 120 ECTS over the course of 4 semesters. It encompasses 16 specific teaching modules, organised as follows: 10 modules during the first year (five courses per semester during Master 1) and 6 modules during the second year (three courses per semester during Master 2). According to its possibilities, each partner offers one or more classes per module, which may vary from one year to the other. The classes offered in the frame of the 16 IMACS modules are therefore of variable number and are managed by each university mirroring its own teaching program. This ensures a good variety in terms of areas covered, allows the diverse expertise of the partner universities to significantly come through, and guarantees an up to date curriculum.

During the first semester of the first year students are expected to take five classes (corresponding to five modules), in order to acquire 25 ECTS. The second semester is to be spent abroad at one of the partner universities, where students are once again expected to take five classes (similarly, they correspond to five modules and to 25 ECTS). Whenever needed, students can take a language class both at their home university and to the university where they will be spending the semester. At the end of the first year students must write a research project (mini-mémoire), possibly associated to a research methodology class, that represents a preparatory work for the final dissertation.

The second year is mainly devoted to the research project that will be presented as final dissertation. Students are expected to spend the first semester abroad and to take three classes (15 ECTS); this mobility must take place in a different university from the one of the previous semester. The second semester is to be spent at the home university, where students are once again expected to take three classes (15 ECTS). The dissertation defence is to be held at the home university, but co-supervisions across IMACS universities are encouraged.

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At the end of their journey, students must have taken one-third of the classes in two foreign universities (25 ECTS during the first year and 15 ECTS during the second year, that is to say 40 ECTS out of 120 ECTS) and one-third at their home university. The third part is devoted to the elaboration of the final thesis.

The classes corresponding to the established teaching modules will be available at the beginning of the academic year. The local coordinator and the general IMACS coordinators are the first port of call for prospect students (see contact tab for the full IMACS Faculty).

Classes are given by local professors in the language of the home institution, with the exception of some universities, such as the university Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (classes in Castilian) and the University of Amsterdam (classes in English). It is possible that due to Faculty mobility programmes some classes will be given by lecturers coming from a different university, and yet belonging to the IMACS network – these classes can be structured as intensive sessions and may be delivered in English.

The programme does not include practical labs, or professionalising classes as part of the basic IMACS structure, and it does not include the chance to have an internship while abroad. Nevertheless, students are free to take such like classes is offered by the specific partner university they are spending their abroad semester at, or as supplementary modules to be included as extra-curricular activities in their academic record.

Fees are subject to the home university policies and to the laws and regulations of the institutions selected as host universities for the first and second period abroad.

ADVISORY NOTICE: due to academic policies, the following universities have a limited enrollment: Birkbeck College, London; University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; University of Amsterdam; University of Montréal; University Roma Tre. Candidates are also asked to consider that the University Pompeu Fabra, UFJF and the University of Amsterdam are able to host IMACS students only during their second mobility abroad (first semester of the second year).