Hui-Han Chen – PhD Film Studies

Film Studies PhD student Hui-Han Chen chose the University of Birmingham because of the state of the art green campus and welcoming multicultural environment. We find out more about his experience as a researcher at the University.

Hui-Gan Chen, doctoral researcher in Film Studies at the University of BirminghamWhy did you choose to study a PhD in Film and Creative Writing?

“I am always fascinated by cinema’s ability to reflect and inform historical, political, ethical, and philosophical issues. Through appreciating and studying films from different parts of the world, I have the opportunity to learn a variety of cinematic representations showing how culturally diverse the world is and should be.” 

Why did you choose to undertake research at the University of Birmingham? 

“I chose to do my research at the University of Birmingham because it has a state-of-the-art and green campus, a spacious library full of academic and research resources, and a welcoming multicultural environment.” 

What are the best things about your course?

“The Film and Creative Writing Department provides research supervision from some of the best academics who have been publishing critically acclaimed books and journal articles within the Film Studies field. The close interaction between students and supervisors, other academic staff and a cohort of research students keeps my research progress on track and constantly improving. As the research interests of our researchers are interdisciplinary, I always feel inspired after the group meetings, annual keynote speeches, and the symposiums held by B-Film, The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies.”

What is life like as a researcher at the University of Birmingham?

“There are plenty of study spaces across the campus. Postgraduate researchers have the access to the research suite at the Main Library. If the researcher is entering the second year of their PhD, they will have an allocated desk at the Westmere House. You can always get away from your work to get networking by attending the social events held by Westmere House or other research communities. You can also easily go to Birmingham city centre in about 10 minutes by train to enjoy good food, trendy coffee shops, and the vibrant music scene.”

What support have you received during your PhD? 

“I have received the College of Arts and Law Research Support Fund to cover most of the expenses when I travel for conferences.” 

Find out more studying for a PhD in Film Studies over on our course pages.