Taught course

Cultural Geography (Research)

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Geography

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Entry requirements

UK 2:1 (Honours) degree or equivalent in one of the following subjects:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Drama
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Theatre Performance

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall with 7 in writing and no subscore below 5.5.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Cultural Geography (Research) was founded in 1995 as one of the first masters programmes in the world to offer students focused engagement with the then emerging sub-discipline of Cultural Geography.

Twenty years later and Cultural Geography is one of the most dynamic sub-disciplines in contemporary geography. Our course reflects this dynamism, exploring the relationships between our physical world, human identity and mobility. We combine core concepts with research methods training and interdisciplinary scholarship and practice. We develop this alongside innovative placements and research engagements with some of world’s top cultural institution, located on our doorstep in London.

The MA in Cultural Geography (Research) combines the vibrant research of the outstanding Social, Cultural and Historical Geography group with cutting edge teaching.

Thematically cultural geography focuses on the interconnections between place, landscape, environment, mobilities and identity, and thus has profound relevance for the contemporary world. Our graduates go on to work in a range of sectors, including the arts and cultural sector, publishing, planning and urban policy, private and public sector research work as well as many carrying on to further doctoral study.

The course attracts a diverse range of students from a range of backgrounds, not just those with geography degrees. To see more about the activities around the MA Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway, please look at our research group blog Landscape Surgery.

• Study in a department ranked 2nd in the UK for research by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

• Enjoy placements and research engagements with top cultural institutions including the V&A Museum, the Museum of London, the British Library, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the Royal Geographical Society.

• Graduate with excellent employability prospects or progress to doctoral study.

Fees and funding

Recognised for ESRC 1+3 studentships. College awards.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    ESRC 1+3 recognised.

Course contact details

Liz Hamilton \ Karen Oliver
+44 (0)1784 443563