Cultural Geography MRes

Course Introduction

The course

Masters study in Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway was founded in 1995 as one of the first masters programmes in the world to offer students focused engagement with the then emerging sub-discipline of Cultural Geography. Twenty five years later and Cultural Geography is one of the most dynamic sub-disciplines in contemporary geography. Our course reflects this dynamism, exploring the relationships between our physical world, human identity and mobility.

The MRes in Cultural Geography is especially suited for students looking to progress to PhD study. In this MRes we combine core concepts with intensive research methods training in the form of a long-form dissertation that is ideal preparation for further postgraduate study including PhD programs. Reflecting the collaborative and outward facing nature of our research culture, the curriculum also includes the potential for innovative placements and research engagements with some of the world?s top cultural institutions and creative organisations, located on our doorstep in London.

Thematically cultural geography focuses on the interconnections between place, landscape, environment, mobilities and identity, and thus has profound relevance for the contemporary world. As well as progressing to doctoral study, our graduates go on to work in a range of sectors, including the arts and cultural sector, publishing, planning and urban policy, private and public sector research and insight.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is by coursework only. Formative feedback and detailed ongoing discussion of work before final submission is a central part of the teaching ethos of the course. Students also have significant autonomy in the selection of topics for coursework and dissertation allowing them to develop particular interests and specialisms.

Your future career

Study MRes Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London and you?ll be well placed to progress to PhD study or to a rewarding career in your chosen field. This research-based programme sees more than 50% of graduates progress to doctoral study.

This programme is structured to maximise graduate employability and further education prospects, with transferable skills sessions, career development sessions and workshops taking place to help graduates you achieve your career ambitions. We help our students to work on their PhD applications, and also help to arrange placements with some of the world?s top cultural institutions ? including the V&A Museum, the Museum of London, the British Library, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the Royal Geographical Society.

* 90% of Royal Holloway graduates in work or further education within six months of graduating.

* More than 50% of Cultural Geography students progress to PhD study.

* Transferable skills sessions, career development sessions and workshops help you to achieve your career ambitions.

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £7,900 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £7,900 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £16,800 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £3,950 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £3,950 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £8,400 Overseas Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have 2:1 in Cultural Studies, Drama, English Literature, Geography, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Music, Sociology, Theatre Performance. Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ?good 2:2? is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have 2:1 in Cultural Studies, Drama, English Literature, Geography, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Music, Sociology, Theatre Performance. Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ?good 2:2? is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above. Students will require: IELTS 6.5 overall. Writing 7.0 No other subscore lower than 5.5; TOEFL iBT: 88 overall, with Reading 18 Listening 17 Speaking 20 Writing 26.