Research course


Royal Holloway, University of London · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
MA by research

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent. Alternative entry requirements: Relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area. English language requirements

Months of entry


Course content

The MA by Research in Italian at the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway is a flexible programme that allows students to undertake in-depth study (both full and part-time), under the supervision of international experts, on a broad range of subjects, including literature, visual or cultural studies or comparative topics.

The core of the MA by Research is a 25,000 word dissertation on a subject of your own choosing, intended to give you the scope to explore your area of interest in real depth, to develop sophisticated critical and analytical research and writing skills and to test or try out an area of study in preparation for doctoral study.

In support of your work on your dissertation you will also complete a research-focused, taught module which will equip you with a range of theoretical and historical approaches to the study of literature, art and culture, enabling you to articulate, refine and persistently test your approach to your chosen topic within this broader theoretical and methodological framework.

We will consider applications from students of French, German, Hispanic Studies or Italian, or with a background in comparative literature and culture. Possible dissertation topics might be focused only one particular language area or culture, or might include comparisons between the literature, film or culture of different language areas (including texts in translation). Dissertations may also deal with other comparative topics such as adaptation, reception, interpretation, performance, place and displacement or creative transfer. All proposals are subject to the availability of appropriate expert supervision. Please consult our staff profiles:

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Sarah Midson
+ 44 (0) 1784 414310