Research course


Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Politics and International Relations
MA by research

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree or overseas equivalent. The department will also consider strong 2:2 degrees Alternative entry requirements: Relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area.

Months of entry


Course content

Royal Holloway's MA (by Research) in Philosophy offers students the opportunity to conduct independent research on a topic of interest, culminating with a dissertation of up to 35,000 words. There are no required courses, but research is supported by an advanced seminar run by core Philosophy staff as well as one-to-one supervision, with additional seminars offered by Royal Holloway's Humanities and Arts Research Centre and the Institute of Philosophy at the School of Advanced Study in central London.

Information for international students

English Language requirements:IELTS score of 6.5 with 7 in writing for non-native English speaking applicants. See: http//

Fees and funding

UK students
£3,996 (2014 entry)
International students
£11,900 (2014 entry)


Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Sarah Sanders
+44 (0)1784 276315