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.
40,000 word research dissertation
Critical theory and methodologies course
The MA is assessed entirely on the research dissertation (maximum 40,000 words), which is supervised one-to-one. It is intended to give you scope to explore your area of interest in depth, test out a possible research topic, and learn the skills of extended scholarly writing and/or film production.
UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1); or equivalent; Students with relevant professional or creative experience will also be considered.
English language requirements:
IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and no sub-score below 5.5, for non-native English speaking applicants.
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
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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.
This course is particularly attractive as a first step towards a PhD – many researchers who take this course go on to more advanced PhDs on the topic they study here.
Graduates have gone on to work in independent television and film production, for broadcasters like the BBC and ITV, interactive games development, and for distributors, exhibitors, talent agencies and entertainment lawyers.
Home and EU and students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £4,195
Overseas students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £12,800
Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.
*The tuition fees given above apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee and information is available from the Royal Holloway Student Fees Office on Student-Fees@rhul.ac.uk. All fees are likely to rise annually in line with inflation, but by no more than 5 per cent per year.
For further information, please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.