Matthew Bruce

Matthew Bruce



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My PhD in French (Film) Studies research entails looking at "anachronistic heroes" in French Comedy cinema, from the 1950s to the present day. 


After attending Grammar School in my home town of Louth, Lincolnshire, I moved to Birmingham in 2013 to undertake my Undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham (BA Modern Languages (French and Spanish) with Film Studies). After graduating in 2017, I proceeded to undertake an MA by Research in French Studies degree at the University, under the principal supervision of Prof. Kate Ince, and co-supervision of Dr. Andrew Watts. After graduating in 2019, I took some time away from academia to build up my work experience, and I have returned to the University as of Sept. 2021 to undertake a Part-Time PhD in French Studies (with the same supervisory team) and, eventually, to pursue an academic career. Aside from my academic interests in film, I am a general film enthusiast, and an occasional film journalist. 


University of Birmingham

MA by Research in French Studies (2019 ; Pass)

BA Modern Languages with Film Studies (2017 ; 2:1)

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, MA by Research in French Studies: In search of le secret perdu: how French film director, François Truffaut, was influenced by silent cinema

25 Sept 201716 Jul 2019

Award Date: 10 Dec 2019

Bachelor of Arts, BA Modern Languages with Film Studies

30 Sept 201311 Sept 2017

Award Date: 6 Dec 2017

External positions

Billesley Research School, Birmingham

2 Jan 2022 → …


  • PC Romance languages
  • French
  • Film Studies


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