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Cultural Geography (Research) MA

UCAS code
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length
1 year full time
2 years part time
Department Geography »

The MA Cultural Geography (Research) 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 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. We combine core concepts with research methods training and interdisciplinary scholarship and practice. We develop this alongside innovative placements and research engagements with some of world’s top cultural institution, located on our doorstep in London.

The MA in Cultural Geography (Research) combines the vibrant research of the outstanding Social, Cultural and Historical Geography group with cutting edge teaching.

Thematically cultural geography focuses on the interconnections between place, landscape, environment, mobilities and identity, and thus has profound relevance for the contemporary world. 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 work as well as many carrying on to further doctoral study.

The course attracts a diverse range of students from a range of backgrounds, not just those with geography degrees. To see more about the activities around the MA Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway, please look at our research group blog Landscape Surgery.

  • Study in a department ranked 2nd in the UK for research by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • Enjoy placements and research engagements with 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.
  • Graduate with excellent employability prospects or progress to doctoral study.

Core modules

Year 1

Cultural Geographies: Key Ideas

Cultural Geographies: Contemporary Debates

Social Science Methods for Cultural Geographers

GeoHumanities Research Methods for Cultural Geographers

Research Training


Cultural Engagements

Cultural Engagements: Placement Options 

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.

Essay 1 and Essay 2 - 5000 words each (20 credits each)

Workshop Report 1 and Workshop Report 2 - 5000 words each (20 credits each)

Research proposal - 2000 words (20 credits)

Dissertation presentation - 20 minutes
Dissertation Viva - 1 hour - (0 credits)

Blog post (s) - 4000 words - (20 credits)
Video/podcast - 10 mins/30 mins

Placement Reflection - 5000 words (20 credits)

Dissertation - 15000 words (60 credits)


This programme is delivered in a single stage, equating to either one-year of full-time study or up to five years of part-time study.

Entry criteria:

Applicants with UK, EU or overseas qualifications who have or are on track to obtain at least a 2.1 (or equivalent) in one of the following subjects:

Cultural Studies


English Literature



History of Art

Media Studies


Theatre Performance


English language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall with 7 in writing and no subscore below 5.5

If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor your study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT)

International and EU entry requirements

Please select your country from the drop-down list below

Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.

Study Cultural Geography (By Research) 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. 

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £7,000

Overseas students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £14,500

Other essential costs**: Transport costs to London (Bedford Square) for teaching one day a week in Term 1 and approximately three days in Term 2 - cost dependent on departure point

How do I pay for it? Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

* These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email student-fees@royalholloway.ac.uk for further information on part-time fees. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5 per cent for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees and our terms and conditions.

** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.

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