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Royal Holloway has one of the leading Media Arts departments in the UK with an international reputation for the excellence of its research. The department’s lively and diverse community is working at the cutting edge of research focusing on the analysis and practice of film, television, digital media and contemporary art.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the biggest periodic research assessment exercise in the world, 83% of the department’s research has been judged to be world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) in terms of originality, significance and rigour. The Media Arts department is ranked 8th out of all media departments in the UK.

The REF 2014 has clearly reaffirmed the department’s position in the top ten media departments in the country, based on all assessment parameters:

  • 45 per cent of our research has been classified as world-leading (4*).
  • Media Arts increased its GPA (grade point average) from 2.9 in the RAE 2008 to 3.27 in REF 2014.
  • 100 per cent of our research impact was graded 4* and 3*. This means that both our traditional scholarly and practice-based research is generating ‘outstanding’ and ‘very considerable’ impacts, thereby benefiting the media industry, film and television archives, policy makers as well as cultural and public life in general.
  • REF 2014 has also confirmed the strength of our research environment, 70 per cent of which was classified as 4* and 30 per cent as 3*. This reflects our success in winning competitive research funding, developing and consolidating collaborative and individual research projects, supervising PhD students and creating a vibrant research culture that is conducive to producing research of world-leading and internationally excellent quality. 

Research interests

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Discover our academics' research interests, spanning film, television and digital media.

Research projects


Find out about the externally-funded research projects we're involved in.

Read more about our current students and their research interests.

Research seminars and events

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Take a look at the upcoming research seminars and events we're hosting.

Our alumni


Find out more about our former students and where their research has taken them.


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