Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree enables you to independently explore your area of interest in real depth, it can also provide you with the chance to test or try out an area of study in preparation for doctoral study. Whilst you will be working independently, you won?t be alone, you will receive specialist one-to-one tuition throughout your degree. You will work closely with your specialist supervisor, or supervisors, to develop a clearly defined research topic and complete a 30,000-40,000 word dissertation.

You will be part of our research-led environment in which academic staffs are working at the frontiers of their subjects. The breadth of our teaching and research expertise means that we are able to provide the latest thinking, expert support and intellectual challenges. Our cutting-edge work ranges from the medieval to the 21st century and spans literature, cinema, thought and the visual arts. Possible comparative topics and themes include adaptation, reception, interpretation, performance, place and displacement or creative transfer. It is also possible to adopt an interdisciplinary focus to open up critical perspectives and break down geographical barriers.

In addition to your dissertation you will undertake a taught course designed to equip you with an array of theoretical and historical approaches to the study of literature, art and culture. This will enable you to articulate, refine and persistently test your own approach to your chosen topic within this broader theoretical and methodological framework. You will also have access to skills training and enjoy the additional support of a dedicated Research Advisor.

On graduating you will have a proven ability to undertake focused research, improved your written and oral presentation skills, and honed skills in critical analysis. In addition, you will have an understanding and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights in literature, film, cultural studies or the visual arts. All of these skills will be appealing to employers and enable you to pursue your chosen career. Alternatively, you will also be in a strong position to continue onto doctoral study, having demonstrated that you have the self direction, originality and initiative required.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,345 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,345 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £13,500 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £2,173 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £2,173 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £6,750 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have 2:1 UK Honours degree in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent. Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider a high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ?high 2:2? is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above.
  • International entry requirements: Students will require: IELTS: 6.5 overall. Writing 7.0. No other subscore lower than 5.5; Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 69. No other subscore lower than 51; Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.