Research course

Hispanic Studies

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

IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.

Months of entry


Course content

Royal Holloway is a thriving centre for postgraduate research in Hispanic Studies with particular expertise in cultural studies, critical theory, feminism and gender theory, psychoanalysis, film studies, literature and the visual arts, both in Spain and Latin America.

The cultural wealth of the Spanish-speaking world, with all its vibrancy and diversity, continues to make a unique contribution to our civilisation, while Spain itself is now a major player on the European stage and we have excellent links in Spain and Latin America. All of this provides a rich backdrop for what is a fascinating and varied field of study.

This degree enables you to independently explore your area of interest in real depth, it can also provide you with the chance to test or try out an area of study in preparation for doctoral study. Whilst you will be working independently, you won’t be alone, you will receive specialist one-to-one tuition throughout your degree. You will work closely with your specialist supervisor, or supervisors, to develop a clearly defined research topic and complete a 30,000-40,000 word dissertation.

You will be part of our research-led environment in which academic staff are working at the frontiers of their subjects. The breadth of our teaching and research expertise means that we are able to provide the latest thinking, expert support and intellectual challenges.

In addition to your dissertation you will undertake a taught course designed to equip you with an array of theoretical and historical approaches to the study of literature, art and culture. This will enable you to articulate, refine and persistently test your own approach to your chosen topic within this broader theoretical and methodological framework. You will also have access to skills training and enjoy the additional support of a dedicated Research Advisor.

• Outstanding research profile: top 10 UK Modern Languages department for research quality and top in London (Research Excellence Framework).

• Numerous opportunities for intellectual discussion include our regular research forum which meets to discuss papers by research students and staff, research seminars and lectures delivered by staff and visiting scholars, and an annual Postgraduate Colloquium where research students present papers to renowned keynote speakers and visiting scholars.

• A close-knit international community based in our beautiful historic campus, and within easy reach of London, and all of the libraries, talks and facilities that it has to offer.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Ann Hobbs - Postgraduate Administrator