Deepen your knowledge through our MA, MSc and PhD programmes. The School of Law offers an taught courses in MSc Forensic Psychology, MA Culture, Consumption, and Marketing, and a wide variety of Social Work programmes. We welcome postgraduate research proposals in law, criminology, sociology, forensic psychology, and social work.
All students who have graduated from an undergraduate programme at Royal Holloway will have an automatic 15% discount on fees.
MSc Social Work
This combines class-based academic and practice-oriented teaching with two field work placements, and leads to a professional qualification in Social Work.
MSc/Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Practice (with Advanced Award in Social Work)
This programme is delivered in part-time modules which offers social workers the flexibility to continue their professional development.
We work in partnership with local authorities and voluntary agencies to provide professional courses across health and social care settings.
Professional Doctorate programme
We also offer MPhil/PhD places within all of our research groups, for study on a full- or part-time basis. We accept students throughout the year.
The Professional Doctorate will equip practising health and social care professionals with leadership skills and support original research that leads to advanced practice.
For further information, please contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Frank Keating.
We offer a range of financial support, particularly for low-income families, mature students and care leavers, and scholarships for the most academically gifted, including the Jo Campling Bursary.
The College Research Scholarship also offers a PhD/Professional Doctorate tuition fee waiver at the Home/EU rate for up to three years (full-time) or six years (part-time).
Law, Forensic Psychology, Sociology, Criminology
We have a growing postgraduate community with an emphasis on engaging with current intellectual debates and the development of skills to enhance employability.
Our postgraduate students enjoy a friendly and stimulating research environment and regular, tailored supervisory sessions.
Many of our postgraduate students are from outside the UK, which provides a forum for exchanging ideas in an international context.
MPhil and PhD
Our Medical Sociology doctoral programme has a world-class reputation stretching back over forty years, with many of its alumni now in leading academic and research positions around the world.
We understand the importance of fostering doctoral students' professional skills, so we support them in presenting papers in the UK and abroad.
We also provide mock vivas, annual reviews and personal advice on future career paths.
What our graduates say
Dr Chaitali Das
Lecturer, Queen's University, Belfast
I started my PhD in 2004 and successfully defended my thesis in 2009.
The department was extremely supportive in creating a suitable atmosphere for me to carry out my research, by providing me access to a good infrastructure and mechanisms of support from staff and students.
My faculty also helped me create links with other administrative departments in the university where I was later able to get a part time administrative position to support myself.
My supervisor was brilliant. She was sensitive to my needs as an international student and supported me to be able to live and study well at RHUL. She also encouraged and supported me to attend various conferences, apply for grants and subsequently plan my future after my research.
Dr Rick Hood
Senior Lecturer, Kingston University
In 2005-07 I studied for an MSc in Social Work at Royal Holloway, and after qualifying went on to work for a local authority child protection team.
A couple of years later I happened to see an email advertising a number of PhD scholarships funded by the Southwest London Academic Network (SWan). Suddenly I knew that was what I wanted to do!
I contacted my MSc course director, who was very helpful and supportive, and encouraged me to make an application. Then I was fortunate enough to make it through the selection interview.
Along with my lead supervisor, I was also provided with two other supervising academics linked to SWan. They were all brilliant. My lead supervisor was there right from the start and stayed with me through every stage of the process, culminating in the nerve-shredding experience that is the PhD Viva.
Doing a PhD was transformative in many ways. My supervisors encouraged me to present at conferences and publish papers, and gave me opportunities to teach and contribute to other research projects. In the end, it has completely changed my career path.
Dr Jenny Tonsing
National University of Singapore
Doing my PhD study at Royal Holloway has given me exposure to an outstanding academic experience and research environment which has helped expand my intellectual inquiry.
The institutional support and the resources made available for doctoral students for research were excellent. I never stopped working: reading, thinking and writing.
I was fortunate to have a committed and dedicated supervisor. She was exceptional from day one of my doctoral study. She was sensitive to my needs, intuitive, supportive and a superb mentor.
My supervisor's high expectation, confidence in me, and enthusiasm for my research project were the driving force to give my best and to be the best that I can be.