Skip to main content

Postgraduate study at Royal Holloway

Postgraduate study at Royal Holloway

By choosing Royal Holloway you will join a close-knit community where you will have direct contact with academics considered to be world-leading or internationally-recognised in fields within science, arts, management, economics and law.

Keep up to date with more information on the courses we offer, what it's like to study with us, and options for funding your studies. We'll also invite you to upcoming events.

Sign up for more information

Our courses

MSc Biological Sciences by Research

This Masters by Research is ideally suited for both graduates who would like to undertake original research without committing themselves to a three year PhD, and to students who want to gain a research-based Masters before embarking on a PhD.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MSc Accounting and Financial Management

The course targets the increasing recognition of the need to set theory and practice of accounting in the context of its social, political and cultural environments. It incorporates reflection on the broader contemporary financial and management accounting and is relevant if you wish to advance your understanding of accounting, or if you are working as an accountant.

Find out more

MSc Business Information Systems

This course spans a variety of topics, such as technology management, system design, organisational behaviour, business strategy, and marketing. You will learn about the central issues in designing and managing business information systems and in assessing the role of IT in the globalisation of business activities; as well as developing an understanding and appreciation of the strategic value of technologies and processes as a source of competitive advantage, both nationally and internationally. This degree course is suitable if you have not studied for a management or technology-based qualification before.

Find out more

MA Consumption, Culture and Marketing

This course is jointly delivered with the School of Law and looks in-depth at consumer culture, seeks to understand it and will engage in a number of theoretical areas such as branding, marketing, bio-power and neoliberalism. You will explore claims that our contemporary world can be best understood as a consumer society and a brand culture, as well as how marketing and consumerism increasingly define our experiences, social relationships and civic infrastructure. As such we seek to analyse marketing behaviour and consumption practices with a view to better understand how marketing connects with society and culture.

Find out more

MSc Digital Innovation and Analytics

The course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to manage digital technologies in the development and delivery of business innovations. It will equip you with an in-depth understanding of how to integrate digital technologies such as mobile computing, social media, and data analytics tools to innovate business practices.

Find out more

MSc Digital Marketing

Study our dedicated digital marketing degree course in the centre of London. If you are a finalist or recent graduate (any subject) wanting to boost your employability this degree course should provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for the digital era.

Find out more

MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This course is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a career as an entrepreneur, whether that be starting a new organisation or developing entrepreneurial projects within existing organisations. It will equip you with a specialist and in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship together with practical skills. This degree course is enriched with the knowledge and expertise shared by our visiting speakers which include entrepreneurs running successful and in some cases, highly innovative business.

Find out more

MSc Human Resource Management

This course is designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in management either in Human Resources or a related area. It will provide you with a rigorous and critical approach to international human resource management strategies and practices, which you will assess from a range of theoretical and analytical perspectives, explain them in terms of their social and economic context, and consider their implications and impact for a range of stakeholders and interest groups.

Find out more

MSc International Management

This demanding degree course is designed to help you build effective management skills, understand management within the global context and develop a network of international associates. You will gain detailed knowledge relating to problems of management in different contexts, using conceptual tools for analysis of the private or public sector. This will provide you with a critical awareness of research methodologies.

Find out more

MSc International Management (Marketing)

This is a rigorous and rewarding degree course aimed at ambitious and self-motivated individuals at the outset of their professional working life who have studied management previously. You will examine accounting and finance from a manager's point of view and evaluate the impact of internal and external factors on the kinds of human resource strategies drawn up by international organisations. The course will focus on an understanding of how international marketing fits into the organisation and running of a company or multi-company corporation.

Find out more

MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

On our one-year Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the forces at work and knowledge of sophisticated tools to strategically manage both large, complex, technology-based supply chains, as well as more traditional ones. You’ll cover logistics and procurement often across national boundaries, companies, regions, and time-zones. This course is taught at our central London campus. 

Find out more

MA Marketing

This degree course is aimed at students who have a keen interest in developing an intellectual understanding of the theories underpinning marketing concepts and processes. You will build a sound knowledge and understanding of the contemporary issues relating to marketing, consumers and culture. It is a distinct, research-led course based on contemporary theory and case material which is challenging and innovative.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MA Ancient History

Offering modules on periods from Near Eastern History to the Byzantine Empire, this course allows you to experience the great range of ancient historical studies and to specialise in key areas of Greek and Roman history.

Find out more

MA Classics

This MA offers opportunities to study the full range of Classical literature and language. You will be able to improve your languages or learn new technical skills such as papyrology, epigraphy or palaeography and study a range of courses covering ancient philosophy, Greek and Latin literatures from Homer to Late Antiquity, and Classical Reception.

Find out more

MRes Classical Reception

In this Masters you will complete a core module and a major piece of independent work for your dissertation. This course encourages you to develop research skills and methodological understanding by following individual pathways in the study of Classical Reception.

Find out more

MRes Rhetoric

The only course of its kind to be offered by a major UK university, this one-year, research-based postgraduate course in oratory and rhetoric is designed for all students, not just those with a background in classics.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MSc Artificial Intelligence 

Equipped with Artificial Intelligence techniques, today’s systems can teach themselves to perform tasks almost as well as humans can. This degree provides you with the foundational knowledge and the practical skills required to operate with these disruptive technologies.

Find out more

MSc Computational Finance

Jointly delivered with the Department of Economics, this degree allows you to specialise in modern quantitative finance and computational methods for financial modelling.

Find out more

MSc Data Science and Analytics

This degree prepares you for a career in Big Data. You will be taught both the foundational aspects and the practical skills that prepare you for handling and analysing different types of data in different fields.

Find out more

MSc Machine Learning

This degree gives you a deeper understanding of the science of systems that can learn from data, including Deep Learning, which is at the heart of the revolution that Artificial Intelligence is bringing to all sectors of the economy and society.

Find out more

MSc Computer Science by Research

The Masters by Research provides substantial, supervised research experience and intensive teaching of research skills and techniques. It offers students a unique chance to take their first steps into scientific research, allowing them to progress to more advanced studies or into employment in research-intensive companies or organisations.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MA Theatre Directing

This is a specialist intensive programme led by, and including an intensive block of mdoules in the summer with world-renowned director Katie Mitchell. The course introduces you to the practical and intellectual challenges of preparing a script and actors for performance. You will be encouraged to approach and manage the rehearsal room in a new light in order to make new theatre. 

Find out more

MA by Research

The MA by Research (Drama and Theatre Studies) is a flexible course that allows you to undertake in-depth study (both full and part-time), under the supervision of international experts, on a broad range of subjects, including cultural studies, drama, theatre studies, dance studies, performance studies or comparative topics. The core of the MA by Research is a 25,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choosing, intended to give you the scope to explore your area of interest in real depth and to develop sophisticated critical and analytical research and writing skills.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MSc Energy Geosciences

This course looks at all aspects of petroleum geology related to hydrocarbon exploration and production. For the campus-based modules, students may choose from a range of 'Basin Evolution' options, focusing on sedimentology, stratigraphy, and reservoir characterisation, and 'Tectonics' modules focusing on the application of structural analysis in the oil industry.

Find out more

MSc Environmental Diagnosis and Management

This course provides valuable scientific understanding and practical experience of the diagnosis (analysis and assessment) and management (remediation and restoration) of important environmental, ecological and health issues concerned with contaminated land, water quality, air pollution, and waste management and utilisation. Graduates are trained professional environmental scientists with an excellent record of employment as environmental consultants and engineers, within local and regulatory authorities, industry, and in research institutes and academia.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MSc Computational Finance

This course is offered jointly with the Department of Computer Science and offers core modules in Corporate Finance, Foundations of Finance and Quantitative methods as well as Data Analysis, Programming for Data Analysis and Investment Portfolio Management. The degree course allows you to specialise in modern quantitative finance and computational methods for financial modelling. We also offer the course with a Year in Industry, where you will gain valuable experience by putting your knowledge and skills into practice. This course is especially suitable for you if your career interests lie in asset structuring, product pricing or risk assessment amongst others.

Find out more

MSc Corporate Finance

This course provides you with a critical understanding of corporate finance and entrepreneurship finance, as well as innovation research and the processes and practices of new venture finance. 

Find out more

MSc Economics

This course provides a thorough analysis of economics, including quantitative techniques, advanced economic theory and research methods. On completion of the 12 months, you will be equipped with the tools of the professional economist and ready for your chosen career path, whether in government, the banking and financial services sectors, or for further research in economics.

Find out more

MSc Economics (2 years)

This two-year MSc Economics degree course gives people whose first degree was neither in economics nor a highly quantitative discipline the opportunity to study Economics at postgraduate level. The first year lays the necessary foundation in intermediate economics and quantitative methods (Graduate Diploma level) while the second year of the programme (Masters level) consolidates and deepens the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year. On completion of the two-year degree, you will be equipped with the tools of the professional economist and ready for your chosen career path, whether in government, the banking and financial services sectors, or for further research in economics and finance.

Find out more

MSc Finance

This course will provide you with intensive training in the analysis of issues in finance and corporate policy while improving your analytical and technical expertise. You will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth grounding with core courses such as Foundations in Finance, Corporate Finance and Quantitative Methods in Finance; and tailor the programme through a range of optional courses on offer, to match your career goals. This degree course is ideal for those whose career objectives lie broadly within the financial services, banking and consultancy sectors.

Find out more

MSc Finance (2 years)

The two-year MSc Finance course gives people whose first degree was neither in economics, finance, nor a highly quantitative discipline the opportunity to study finance at postgraduate level. You will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth grounding with core courses such as Foundations in Finance, Corporate Finance and Quantitative Methods in Finance; and tailor the programme, through a range of optional courses on offer, to match your career goals. The two year MSc Finance option gives you the opportunity to strengthen your economics, finance and quantitative knowledge during the first year (Graduate Diploma level), and at the end of the first year, subject to performance, you will progress to the one-year MSc in Finance. This course is ideal for those whose career objectives lie broadly within the financial services, banking and consultancy sectors.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MSc Electronic Engineering by Research

We welcome applications from prospective students who wish to work on projects of particular interest to our academics. We also welcome applicants wishing to propose their own projects in conjunction with our research interests.

Find out more

MSc Engineering Management

The MSc in Engineering Management is designed to help you master current and emerging engineering project management issues and the management principles that underpin effective business strategies and outcomes. It is taught in conjunction with the Centre for Professional Studies and balances academic theory with practical opportunities, providing you with the tools to manage sophisticated large, complex and multi-disciplinary projects with an emphasis on scientific and engineering advances.

Find out more

MSc Project Management

This course is suitable for graduates from a range of backgrounds interested in a career which involves managing projects, from fashion and film professionals to those in the charity sector and from scientists to government employees. It's designed to equip you with practical tools and skills, together with an understanding of the academic theories underpinning them.

Find out more

Courses under development

We are currently developing two new postgraduate taught masters degrees delivered from our Egham campus in the following subjects:

MSc Cyber Security Project Management

MSc Software Project Management

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MA Creative Writing

This course encourages you to develop and reflect on your work as a writer in the context of contemporary and well-established literatures. With three different pathways, the MA is designed for poets, novelists and short story writers who are dedicated to their writing and want to see it in print.

Find out more

MA English by Research

We offer a Master’s by Research, which can serve as an alternative to the traditional taught MA, whether as a pathway to PhD study or as an independent research qualification. In the course of this one-year (or two-year part-time) degree, you will work towards a dissertation of up to 40,000 words. This is an extended independent research project pursued with the support of a supervisor. You will receive training in research skills, and have access to the wide range of other training opportunities available in the college, including the Researcher Development Programme (RDP).

Find out more

MA English Literature

This flexible degree course allows you to combine the core course from one of the other English MAs with further options from all the MAs (excluding Creative Writing) as well as dedicated twentieth-century courses to suit your particular interests.

Find out more

MA Medieval Studies

Taught in collaboration with the Department of History, the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and the Museum of London, this wide-ranging multi-disciplinary degree course encourages you to explore many different aspects of the Middle Ages – historical, literary, and archaeological.

Find out more

MA Victorian Literature, Art and Culture

This cross-disciplinary MA offers a degree course which draws on Royal Holloway’s expertise in History, Art History and English, with a core module providing an advanced grounding in current debates and approaches in the field of Victorian Studies.

Find out more

Research Opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MRes Cultural Geography

This degree course explores the central themes of cultural geography, particularly the relationships between place, identity, nature, activism, and culture.

Find out more

MSc Geopolitics and Security

Offered in conjunction with the Department of Politics and International Relations, this MSc focuses on the intersection between geopolitics and security with optional modules available from both departments.

Find out more

MSc Global Futures: Culture and Creativity

This degree course is currently under development and may be subject to change. Our world is rapidly changing before our very eyes. Increased artificial intelligence, mobility, polarising political landscapes, environmental catastrophe, rising inequality and contested ideas of history and heritage raise fundamental questions about our cultural identities and lives. How we work together creatively to tackle these issues is more important than ever. The MSc in Global Futures: Culture and Creativity equips students with a foundational understanding of how culture and creative practices are vital in tackling these global issues and shaping our global futures.

Find out more

MSc Global Futures: Geopolitics and Security

This degree course is currently under development and may be subject to change. The upheaval of global politics in recent years has brought with it unique and unforeseen challenges, from the threat of environmental catastrophe and resource shortages, to the rise of populist political parties, infrastructural and economic failure and global terror. An MSc in Global Futures: Geopolitics and Security at Royal Holloway, University of London equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to tackle these era-defining issues, to mitigate the impact of potential crises, and to reflect critically and creatively on the strategies and techniques which seek to keep us secure.

Find out more

MSc Global Futures: Justice, Development and Sustainability

This degree course is currently under development and may be subject to change.

Find out more

MSc Quaternary Science

This degree course provides specialist training in the scientific study of past environmental change, including laboratory and field techniques. It is offered jointly with the Natural History Museum, London.

Find out more

MSc Sustainability and Management

This degree course provides an advanced-level introduction to principles of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MA Crusader Studies

The MA in Crusader Studies is designed for students who want to pursue an advanced interest in crusading history or are preparing to take a PhD in this discipline. The programme offers students an understanding of the context of the crusades, and the ideology that underpinned the movement as well as a consideration of its modern-day resonances.

Find out more

MA History

This programme provides a thorough training in the study of History across a wide range of periods and themes. Modules cover gender and cultural history, British, European and World history, as well as Hellenic studies. You will also take wide-ranging methodology and research skills training modules which provide instruction in historical research and help with developing transferable skills. Working in groups, chairing meetings and preparing briefings on the wider application of history will enhance your prospects in the job market.

Find out more

MA History by Research

This course is intended to give you scope to explore your area of interest in depth, test out a possible research topic, and learn the skills of extended scholarly writing. Students write a research dissertation (maximum 40,000 words) which is supervised on a one-to-one basis.

Find out more

MA History: Hellenic Studies

The MA History with a concentration in Hellenic Studies offers you the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive overview and appreciation of Greek history and culture embracing Antiquity, Byzantium and the modern period. Upon completion, students receive the specialist degree classification of MA History: Hellenic Studies.

Find out more

MA History: Gender Histories 

Taking advantage of Royal Holloway's long standing research specialism into gender and women's studies, this course offers your the opportunity to gain a detailed insight into many aspects of gender history across a variety of periods. 

Find out more 

MA History: Histories of Conflict and Violence

This course examines history across a range of centuries and cultures with a particular focus on conflict and violence. You will also take methodology and research skills modules and complete a research-based project.

Find out more 

MA Holocaust Studies

This is a globally unique interdisciplinary MA which will appeal to students from a wide range of disciplines including History, English, Modern Languages, Media Arts and others. Experts from the Department of History work with colleagues across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to deliver a research-supported degree. You will study the core module, 'The Holocaust: History and Debates' alongside optional modules on refugees and displacement, comparative genocide, literature and film, and a supervised dissertation.

Find out more

MA Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

This intercollegiate University of London MA is for those who are interested in progressing to doctoral research in Late Antique and Byzantine studies, relating the history of Late Antiquity and Byzantium to the campus-based world. Students take Greek or Latin language at the appropriate level, a course in Greek or Latin epigraphy, papyrology, palaeography, material culture or art and architecture, a special course option, and write a dissertation on a suitable topic.

Find out more

MA Medieval Studies

Taught in collaboration with the Department of English, the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and the Museum of London, this wide-ranging multi-disciplinary programme encourages you to explore many different aspects of the Middle Ages – historical, literary, and archaeological.

Find out more

MA Public History

The MA offers you an opportunity to engage with museum curators, public archivists, publishers and television and radio producers while equipping you with practical skills of historical interpretation and communication. This is a unique gateway to the heritage sector and popular media. In addition to the methodology and research skills courses, units include ‘The Public Communication and Understanding of History’ and a research-based project or dissertation.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MSc Information Security

This advanced MSc degree is an interdisciplinary course taught by the Information Security Group and cyber security experts from industry and government. It is designed to introduce the technical, legal and commercial aspects of Information Security and is widely regarded as a leading qualification for anyone seeking (or already engaged in) a career in cyber security. In August 2014, the course was one of only four Masters degrees in the UK to receive full certification from GCHQ. We also offer this course with a Year in Industry, where you can put your skills into practice. 

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MA by Research in French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian Studies or Comparative Literature and Culture

This flexible degree offers students the chance to undertake independent, but closely supervised, research work accompanied by targeted research training. Working closely with a specialist supervisor, or supervisors, students develop a clearly defined research topic and complete a 30,000-40,000 word dissertation which may also lay the foundations for a PhD project. In addition, students undertake a taught course designed to provide them with knowledge of a range of historical and modern theoretical approaches to the study of literature and the visual arts.

For more information see here.

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MA Consumption, Culture and Marketing

This joint course with the School of Business and Management examines the impact of marketing upon society and the lived experiences within a culture in which we are thought of more as consumers than citizens or individuals. It explores such questions as the sociology of consumption, how brands produce value, consumer ethics, crime and consumption, social identities, youth culture, fear, emigration and more besides.

Find out more

MSc Forensic Psychology

This course, jointly run with the Department of Psychology, is designed to give you in-depth insights into topical issues and the latest research in forensic psychology, in line with the British Psychological Society curriculum requirements. Staff from Psychology, Criminology and Law will help you to enhance your critical understanding of psychological theories and evidence relevant to the legal and criminal justice context. The course's strong links with external practitioners will also enrich your studies.

Find out more

MSc Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

This course e is aimed at students who wish to get an interdisciplinary understanding of individual and organisational involvement in terrorism, coupled with an understanding of national and international approaches to counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE).

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MSc Mathematics of Cryptography and Communications

This course is a highly focused one-year degree concentrating on the mathematics behind modern secure information and communications systems. You will specialise in mathematics relevant for public key cryptography, coding theory and information theory.

Find out more

MSc Mathematics for Applications

This course covers a wider range of topics from both applied and discrete mathematics. It is aimed at students with a good undergraduate degree in Mathematics who want to learn more on the subject in areas that are relevant to real life applications.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MA Digital Documentary

A unique learning opportunity that provides genuine vocational and professional experience. You will receive tuition in the technological, ethical and intellectual developments in both broadcast and cross-platform documentary, taught by award-winning documentary filmmakers and high profile TV commissioners. Our course tutors are all active directors and producers with excellent industry contacts and you will develop key skills through collaboration with them.

Find out more

MA International Media Management 

This course is currently under development and may be subject to change. Concentrating on the management and marketing of television and digital media projects, this MA teaches the project management, business and vocational skills essential for working within the media industry and overseeing the life cycle of complex projects conception to completion. 

Find out more

MA Immersive Storytelling 

This course focuses on immersive technologies and developing your creative storytelling practice. You will develop an entrepreneurial and critical understanding of the creative industries and the place of immersive technologies within these. 

Find out more

MA Producing Film and Television

Concentrating on fiction, this Masters course teaches aspiring producers the essential creative, management, business and vocational skills they need for the film and television industries. Taught by established industry professionals with close links to the UK industry, this MA will suit creative and highly motivated students seeking a challenging, practical degree.

Find out more

MA Screenwriting for Television and Film

You will learn to write for film and television, developing a portfolio of ideas, outlines and varied formats culminating in a full-length feature-length screenplay. You will be working with industry insiders from producers to directors, agents, writers and actors. The course is delivered over four intensive ‘retreat weeks’, online and through distance learning tuition. A highly and inspiring professional course for the motivated writer.

Find out more

MA by Research in Film, Television and Digital Production

Particularly suitable for independent researchers who are considering moving on to a PhD, this programme allows you to explore an area of your particular interest and learn the skills of extended scholarly writing and/or film production. In addition to one-to-one supervisions, you will attend an interdisciplinary core course on critical theory and methodologies.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MMus Music

Offering four distinct pathways in Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, or Performance, the course allows you to take the initiative in constructing your own study programme with options in areas such as multimedia and film music, performance studies, historical musicology, and acoustic and electronic composition.

Find out more

PG Diploma in Music Performance

This course, which is taught alongside the MMus, is designed to enable students to specialise in performance and performance studies, without the need to maintain a broad and essay-based focus that is more usual in the MMus.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MSc Physics by Research

Available in any research area, this programme provides a stand-alone qualification or foundation for a subsequent PhD degree.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

Philosophy

MA European Philosophy

One of the few courses in the country to specialise in the European philosophical tradition, you will explore the development of European philosophy from Kant’s critical philosophy through to the Frankfurt School and 20th-century French philosophical movements.

Find out more

MA Modern Philosophy

This distinctive MA brings into conversation analytic and continental traditions in philosophy. It is ideal preparation for doctoral research in philosophy, off ering both conceptual rigour and sensitivity to historical and textual issues.

Find out more

MA Political Philosophy

This programme offers advanced training in key issues and thinkers in contemporary political thought, from Anglo-American and Continental perspectives, including applied analytical political and democratic theory, post-Nietzschean theories of identity and post-identity politics, and pragmatist philosophy.

Find out more

MA Political Philosophy by Research

The MA by Research allows you to conduct independent research culminating with a dissertation of up to 40,000 words. Research is supported by one-to-one supervision with a member of the Philosophy team.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

Politics and International Relations

MSc Contemporary Political Theory

This course is ideal for those seeking a broad based advanced grounding in contemporary political theory. This degree course is currently under development and may be subject to change. 

Find out more

MSc Elections, Campaigns and Democracy

Theoretical and practical training on the challenges of running a modern election campaign.

Find out more

MSc Geopolitics and Security

Offered in conjunction with the Department of Geography, this MSc focuses on the intersection between geopolitics and security with optional modules available from both departments.

Find out more

MSc International Public Policy

This course brings together the academic study of International Relations with a practice-based analysis of global policy.

Find out more

MSc International Relations

You will look at the key issues in international relations and transnational politics, theory and concepts of International Relations.

Find out more

MSc International Security

You will develop your understanding of the transnational dynamics of security, actors, institutions and concepts of security.

Find out more

MSc Media, Power and Public Affairs

In-depth analysis of the changing media environment and its impact on political institutions, citizens’ attitudes and behaviours and public policy.

Find out more

MA Politics of Development

Explore political contexts of international development, international and domestic, in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MSc Applied Social Psychology

This course equips students with knowledge about cutting-edge developments and issues in applied social psychology, and an array of analytical, methodological, and statistical research skills important for a PhD for jobs in applied settings in commercial and governmental organisations.

Find out more

MSc Forensic Psychology

This course, jointly run with the School of Law, is designed to give students in-depth insights into topical issues and new research in forensic psychology, in line with the British Psychological Society curriculum requirements.

Find out more

MSc Clinical Psychology

This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in a mental health setting or in mental health research. You will develop an in-depth understanding of clinical assessment, evidence-based treatment, and well-being, and an array of analytical, methodological, and statistical research skills.

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

MSc Social Work

This course is a professional qualification in Social Work, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. The programme of study combines university-based learning, skills work and a research-based dissertation, and practice-oriented teaching involving two fieldwork placements. Local authority and other social care partners, and service users and carers are actively involved throughout the programme in areas such as selection, curriculum design and placement provision.

Find out more

MSc in Advanced Practice

This MSc course builds upon the long-standing partnerships that the department has with employer agencies and service user groups. The programme is delivered via a part-time modular approach which offers flexibility to suit the needs of social workers wishing to continue their professional development. It provides professionally and academically rigorous postgraduate training for experienced workers in social care and health services, and will lead to qualifications at Masters level.

Find out more

Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work

Offered as part of the Surrey and South East London Partnership, the PG Diploma is a condensed programme of study combining class-based academic and practice-oriented teaching with two fieldwork placements that leads to a professional qualification in Social Work. The programme is very similar in content to the MSc Social Work but does not initially include the dissertation element. Local authority partners are actively involved with selection, curriculum design and act as host agencies with students through the course, with the objective of employment post qualification. 

Find out more

Research opportunities

Applications are invited for places on our MPhil and PhD research programmes.

Academic staff are happy to discuss research projects in advance of a formal application.

For more information see here.

Explore Royal Holloway

Get help paying for your studies at Royal Holloway through a range of scholarships and bursaries.

There are lots of exciting ways to get involved at Royal Holloway. Discover new interests and enjoy existing ones

Heading to university is exciting. Finding the right place to live will get you off to a good start

Whether you need support with your health or practical advice on budgeting or finding part-time work, we can help

Discover more about our 21 departments and schools

Find out why Royal Holloway is in the top 25% of UK universities for research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

They say the two most important days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why

Discover world-class research at Royal Holloway

Discover more about who we are today, and our vision for the future

Royal Holloway began as two pioneering colleges for the education of women in the 19th century, and their spirit lives on today

We’ve played a role in thousands of careers, some of them particularly remarkable

Find about our decision-making processes and the people who lead and manage Royal Holloway today