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Postgraduate programmes

The Department of Geography at Royal Holloway is one of the leading centres for international geographical research in the UK.

In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) we were ranked second in the UK. We also have consistently high scores for 'overall student satisfaction' in the National Student Survey.

We have an annual intake of about 50 postgraduate taught students on our five MSc/MA programmes:


There is a range of funding sources for students on our Masters courses:

  • Departmental Masters Scholarships (up to £1,000 each). One per programme.
  • Vanina Boix Bursary (up to £1,000). Only students on the Practising Sustainable Development course are eligible.
  • MA Cultural Geography Scholarship (up to £1,000).

To be considered for departmental funding, please complete an application form and return it by email to the relevant MA/MSc Director.

  • Alumni bursaries. All students who have graduated from an undergraduate programme at Royal Holloway will have an automatic 15% discount on your fees.

Postgraduate research

We have an more than 90 PhD students in our vibrant community, pursuing cutting-edge research and undertaking advanced training, in a host of areas.

The department participates in four Research Council funding schemes that support doctoral research across the breadth of the discipline. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies (Admissions and Recruitment), Dr Innes M. Keighren, for further details.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC): funding is available through the technē Doctoral Training Partnership.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC): funding is available through the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC): funding is available through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security for the Everyday.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC): funding is available through the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership.

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