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Applying & Funding Opportunities

The minimum entry requirement for postgraduate research leading to a PhD is the equivalent of a UK Upper Second Class Honours (2.1) degree. Applicants in Media Arts will normally be expected to have a Masters degree.

The College does not have a formal deadline for applications but research students usually commence their studies in late September of the academic year. If you seek financial support for your studies from the College, department or the Arts and Humanities Research Council you should note their deadlines for applications.

How to apply

We recommend you use our online application process as this is a speedier and more accurate service. It allows the exchange of applicant data, online reference requests and the saving of incomplete applications for completion at a later date.

In order for us to consider your application you’ll have to submit the following:

  • Royal Holloway application form
  • two confidential academic references
  • degree transcripts (original or certified copy)
  • a research proposal (approx. 1,500 – 2,000 words). Your project proposal should outline your chosen research area, questions and methodology
  • non EU/Home students should also submit copies of any documentation relating to UK/European Union fee status claims (e.g. Home Office letters, copies of passport showing citizenship or residency status.

AHRC Scholarships

Postgraduate Research Funding:  AHRC and College Studentships available in the Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway University of London

Those intending to study for PhD in the Department are able to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships and for College studentships through a single process. The AHRC studentships (stipend and fee waiver) are offered through the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership (http://www.techne-research.co.uk ) which is led by Royal Holloway and comprises six other universities in London and the South East. TECHNE offers a rich and diverse training programme for doctoral students with a focus on interdisciplinarity. The training programme is enhanced by input and placement opportunities provided by TECHNE’s 13 partner organisations (including the Barbican, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI and Science Museum) in the cultural sector.

The Department is also able to recommend students for College studentships (which may consist of a stipend and fee waiver or just a fee waiver). Approximately £380,000 is available for postgraduate studentships across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In the main College scholarships will be awarded by a Faculty Panel to students who are unsuccessful in their application for a TECHNE scholarship.

How to apply

Prospective doctoral students who are interested in applying for a studentship in the Department of Media Arts should proceed as follows:

1. Contact Prof. Mandy Merck in the Department to talk informally about your research proposal and what supervision might be available. Email on m.merck@rhul.ac.uk

2. If Prof. Merck agrees that the proposal may be suitable for a TECHNE or College studentship, complete both a College application form and a TECHNE application form. The deadline is the 7th February 2015. The College application form is available from http://www.rhul.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx and the TECHNE application form are from http://www.rhul.ac.uk/studyhere/researchdegrees/feesandfunding/scholarships/ahrc.aspx

(Note that by completing the TECHNE application form students will be considered for both TECHNE scholarships and College scholarships.)

3. When completed please send your TECHNE application form to Prof. Merck.

You should hear in early April whether the Department will be forwarding your application for consideration by TECHNE. If your application does go forward to TECHNE you will hear in early May whether or not it has been successful. Unsuccessful TECHNE applicants will be considered automatically for a College scholarship by a Faculty Panel and you should hear the outcome in early May.



Who to contact

If you have queries regarding the application process, please contact the Admissions Office (Tel +44 (0)1784 414944).

For questions relating specifically to pursuing postgraduate research in the Department of Media Arts, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies (research) Professor Mandy Merck or our postgraduate administrator Angela Gooden.



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