Research course

Media Arts

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Media Arts

Entry requirements

Masters degree in relevant subject. Professional or work experience preferred.

Months of entry


Course content

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 per cent 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.

Department specialisms

Staff in Media Arts have a range of research interests which includes American and European cinema; gender, sexuality and cinema; independent filmmaking; film and video production; screenwriting; the televising of drama, dance and music, cultural theory and mass culture; modernism and postmodernism and multimedia literacy.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
48 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Jackie Marty
+44 01784 443734
+44 01784 433832