The period of study for a Research Degree will be no less than two calendar years of full-time study, or four years of part-time study.
A) For programmes of study leading to the award of MPhil, the thesis must be submitted within three years of full-time study or six years of part-time study.
B) For programmes of study leading to the award of PhD, the thesis must be submitted within four years of full-time study or eight years of part-time study.
Applicants who wish to undertake their research should have, or expect to be awarded, a Masters degree in a relevant field, or have the equivalent postgraduate experience.
Financing postgraduate study needs careful planning. There are no mandatory awards for postgraduate study, so prospective students need to be clear about costs and possible sources of financial support.
Royal Holloway has established an enviable record for helping students secure funding, made possible in no small measure by our status as a premier research-led university. In addition to the awards we are able to offer, the College is well supported by external funding bodies.
For further details about sources of funding, including TECHNE please visit our Funding page.
If you are interested in applying, please visit our Admissions page where you can find general information on the application process and access the online application form.
It is essential that you spend some time investigating the research projects undertaken by our staff to check that your proposed research topic fits within our research expertise. It is also helpful for you to contact the member(s) of staff who you have identified as most appropriate to supervise your proposed research in advance of you making a formal application, so that you can discuss your proposal with them and ascertain whether they have the capacity to take on an additional postgraduate research student.
Where applicants are applying for TECHNE funding, the College application should be submitted at least one month before the TECHNE deadline. All other applications should be submitted by 31 July.
Please submit the following supporting information when you make your application:
- research proposal outline
- two samples of written work in English, which should take the form of short academic essays or reviews of theatre productions (2,000 words each);
- one academic reference - your referee can upload this directly to the online system or email it to the Postgraduate Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- a copy of the degree certificate / transcript from your previous degree (this can be a transcript of your progress so far if you have not yet completed it);
- a copy of your English language qualification (if English is not your first language) - if you have not completed an IELTS or recognised test yet, you can submit your application without it and then forward your results once they are available;
- a supporting statement, explaining your motivation for studying your chosen programme;
- and copies of any other qualifications that are relevant to your chosen programme.
We may invite suitable applicants for an interview, either in person or via Skype.