Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Independent researcher who wants to move on to a PhD? Just interested in what further study might look like?

Take a first step towards doctoral study: explore your area of interest in depth, test out a research topic, and learn the skills of longer scholarly writing and film production. You'll be supervised one'to'one, and then assessed entirely on your research dissertation.

Along with your one'to'one supervisions, you'll take part in an interdisciplinary course in critical theory and methodologies. There, you'll learn about the key thinkers in the field, and the critical approaches you'll need for your dissertation.

The course is ideal if:

you're living outside the UK, or have a job that keeps you from undertaking a taught Masters programme.

you're wanting to move into independent research, beyond the challenge of a traditional taught MA..

Course Modules

Mandatory modules include:

Critical Theory and Methodologies;

Dissertation (40,000 words)

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA (Res)
2 years
Part Time
MA (Res)

Qualifications required:

  • A minimum of a 2.1 UK honours degree or overseas equivalent, usually in a relevant subject area. Relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area. If English is not your first language we require IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-scores.