Research course


Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy
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

The MA by Research allows you to conduct independent research culminating with a 40,000 word dissertation. Research is supported by one-to-one supervision with a member of the Philosophy team. There are no required courses, but students on the programme are welcome to audit courses on the taught MA degrees.

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Nathan Widder
+44 (0)1784 414127