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Postgraduate taught courses

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The English department has an international reputation for advanced research and welcomes applications from suitably qualified graduates for any of our MA courses.

Facilities and Teaching

The MA Creative Writing and the MA Poetic Practice are taught at the College's Bedford Square Building in central London.
All other MAs are taught at the College's campus at Egham, in London's green belt and close to Windsor Great Park. MA students have access to the College Library, Senate House Library, the British Library, seminar series at the IES in Bloomsbury, and to a range of online and IT support.

MA programmes are taught in seminars and workshops with close attention to individual students in the preparation of essays and dissertations. Many of our students go on to study in PhD programmes in the UK and abroad, and we offer careful advice on applications. The College Careers Service also offers full support to MA students, and some of our MAs offer placements.

See the link on the left for Prospective PGR Students for details of our MA by Research.


For details of costs including the alumni discount for Royal Holloway students, please see the College fees and funding page.

There are, in addition:

  • Five £1000 department MA bursaries, one attached to each of the MA courses below with the exception of the MA in Creative Writing which has the following three bursaries (all applicants who apply before 1 May are considered for these awards).
  • The Sarah Perry Bursary

    Value £2000, intended to help with the financial costs of study, to be awarded to an applicant to the Fiction pathway (application, including all documents and references, must be received by June 30).

  • The Robert Hampson Bursary

    Value £2000, to be awarded to an applicant to the Poetic Practice pathway (application, including all documents and references, must be received by June 1).

  • The Poetry Bursary

    Value £1000, to be awarded to an applicant to the Poetry pathway (application, including all documents and references, must be received by June 1).

  • The Dr Pirkko Koppinen Scholarship for Medieval Studies

Total value of £12,000, awarded to a top applicant to the MA Medieval Studies who is a graduate of Royal Holloway (for details see MA Medieval Studies below).

The studentship includes a stipend of £16,553 (plus fees at home/EU rates) for three years. In addition, the student will receive £550 per annum to support engagement with the Partner from the AHRC.

  • In addition, the Dept of English will be sponsoring an MA fee waiver for a teacher participating in our free-to-join TeacherHub>English programme, for the academic year starting September 2018.


One year (50 weeks full-time) or

Two years (102 weeks part-time)

MA Creative Writing



MA English Literature



MA Medieval Studies



MA Poetic Practice



MA Shakespeare



MA Victorian Literature, Art and Culture




Click here for postgraduate admissions information.

MA Creative Writing Open Day 



Find out more about what Royal Holloway can offer you.

The pathways on offer include Fiction, Poetry and Poetic Practice.


Monday 19th March 2018



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