Research course

Arts and Social Sciences

Kingston University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
MA by research

Entry requirements

You will normally need a first or second class honours degree or equivalent in a subject appropriate to the proposed field of research. In exceptional circumstances, we may consider you for admission to a research degree without the conventional qualifications. If you have substantial relevant professional experience, including publications or written reports, the University will consider these as a potential alternative basis for an application for admission to a research degree programme.

Months of entry

October, March

Course content

The period of registration for these degrees is one year full-time or two years part-time.

The degree involves investigation and evaluation of an approved research topic and the presentation of a dissertation. This is between 15,000 and 20,000 words long, depending on the subject discipline. It will be the subject of an oral examination, in which you will show how you have critically investigated your area of research.

The award of MA by Research is at HE level 4. This is the same as MPhil, but only carries half the credits (180).

You might also be interested in downloading the regulations for the award of research degrees (PDF).

Information for international students

Where a candidate's first language is not English, advanced English language competence in the form of appropriate certificated learning (ELTS requirement of 6.5) or equivalent must be demonstrated as detailed in Kingston University's Admissions Regulations.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Research administrator
+44 (0)20 8417 9000