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MA by Research (Arts & Social Sciences subjects)

Our Masters by Research is a flexible programme that allows you to undertake in-depth study (both full- and part-time) on key areas of specialism within a department. We offer a tailor-made research-focused taught module, which will 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.

What it involves

The core of the MA by Research is a dissertation to maximum of 40,000 words, giving you the scope to explore your area of interest in real depth, to develop sophisticated critical and analytical research and writing skills. It often gives you the chance to test or try out an area of study in preparation for doctoral study.


As well as specialist one-to-one tuition for the duration of the MA by Research you’ll have access to skills training and enjoy the additional support of a dedicated Research Advisor. You’ll also have access to all of our facilities and postgraduate support. AWhat’s more, Royal Holloway is ideally situated for the libraries, talks and facilities that London has to offer, including the British Library and Senate House plus other specialist facilities relating to each deartment.


We consider applications from students in any areas of Classics, Drama, English, History, Media Arts, Music, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures or Politics, International Relation and Philosophy.

For more information about the research interests of staff in the relevant department, and details of how to get in touch, click on the links above.


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