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Hispanic Studies MA by Research

UCAS code
Year of entry 2017
Course Length
1 year full time
2 years part time
Department Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures »

Royal Holloway is a thriving centre for postgraduate research in Hispanic Studies, with particular expertise in Mexican cinema and visual arts, Cuban visual cultures, Spanish prose fiction from 1850 to the present, Hispanic Golden Age literature, amd modern and contemporary Spanish culture, theatre and film. 

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 staff 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. We have a thriving Hispanic research environment, with topics ranging from trauma in Spanish film of the 1940s, to art, femicide and space in contemporary Mexico.

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.

  • Outstanding research profile: top 10 UK Modern Languages department for research quality and top in London(Research Assessment Exercise 2014).
  • Partners in the Joint Postgraduate Training Programme in Hispanic Studies that brings together staff and students from the universities of Cambridge, Reading and Oxford, as well as Royal Holloway and University College London
  • Numerous opportunities for intellectual discussion include our regular research forum which meets to discuss papers by research students and staff, research seminars and lectures delivered by staff and visiting scholars, and an annual Postgraduate Colloquium where research students present papers to renowned keynote speakers and visiting scholars. 
  • A close-knit international community based in our beautiful historic campus, and within easy reach of London, and all of the of the libraries, talks and facilities that it has to offer.

A 30-40,000 word dissertation on a subject of your choice. You will receive one-to-one support from your supervisor.

Critical Theories and Methodologies

This course is the core taught course for all students. It provides you with knowledge of a range of historical and modern theoretical approaches to the study of literature and the visual arts.  It refines your theoretical understanding and provides you with the methodological tools needed to proceed to PhD research if you so wish.

Critical Theories and Methodologies is assessed by a presentation.  The dissertation is examined by a Visiting Examiner.

Entry criteria:

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent.

Relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area.


English language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores. For equivalencies see here.


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.


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 the 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.

In recent years a number of our Modern Languages, Literature and Culture postgraduates have gone on to successful academic careers both in Britain and internationally in the fields of modern languages, critical theory and film. 

Postgraduates have also embarked upon many interesting and successful careers outside academia – in the UK, continental  Europe and the United States – including journalism at The Independent, work for NGOs, trade sales, publishing, professional translating, teaching, opera direction, museum curatorship, creative arts, and librarianship.

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.

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