The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures brings together French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian and Comparative Literature and Culture.
We offer teaching and research excellence with a commitment to interdisciplinary study.
We aim to broaden your horizons through an in-depth knowledge of foreign languages, and the literatures and cultures that stem from these.
We pride ourselves on being at the centre of a thriving research culture, and can provide supervision across literature, cultural history, film, visual art and philosophy in our four language areas and beyond.
You can read about our research expertise here.
Research facilities and environment
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is a vibrant community of world-class researchers. Our research environment has a basis in our expertise in French, German, Hispanic, Italian and Comparative Studies, and encourages collaboration and exchange across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Our strengths span literature, thought, film and the visual arts from the medieval period to the 21st century. Research themes cover gender, disability, politics and ethics, film, cultural memory and trauma, post-colonialism and globalisation, consumer culture, animal studies and ecocriticism, history of art and visual culture. We also specialise in the work of a wide range of individual authors, poets, philosophers, playwrights and filmmakers.
You will are encouraged to participate in our intellectual activities, including #Glossa reading group, work-in-progress seminars and regular research forum. We host an annual student-organised Postgraduate Colloquium in which research students present papers and culminates in a talk by a renowned keynote speaker.
In the Department, we run the Royal Holloway Centre for Visual Cultures.
We offer you the opportunity to pursue an original research project supported by world-class supervision.
You will write an 80,000-100,000 dissertation which can be on a wide range of topics.
You will be encouraged to participate fully in the research culture of the School, to attend relevant departmental and School skills-development events and to participate in the department's postgraduate research training scheme, giving you the opportunity to gain teaching experience.
We will usually require you to have a masters degree in a relevant area
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.
The scores we require
- IELTS: 6.5 overall. Writing 7.0. No other subscore lower than 5.5.
- Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 69. No other subscore lower than 51.
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.
- TOEFL ib: 88 overall, with Reading 18 Listening 17 Speaking 20 Writing 26.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please see here.
Your future career
In recent years a number of our postgraduates have gone on to successful academic careers in the fields of modern languages, critical theory and film. Alumni have also embarked upon many interesting careers outside academia – in the UK, continental Europe and the United States – including journalism work for NGOs, trade sales, publishing, professional translating, teaching, museum curatorship, creative arts, and librarianship.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £4,345
International students tuition fee per year**: £17,400
Other essential costs***: There are no additional costs greater than £50 per item.
How do I pay for it? Find out more about funding options.
* and ** These fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on part-time fees. We adopt the minimum fee level recommended by the UK Research Councils for the Home/EU tuition fee. Each year, the fee level is adjusted in line with inflation (currently, the measure used is the Treasury GDP deflator). Fees displayed here are therefore subject to change and are usually confirmed in the spring of the year of entry. For more information on the Research Council Indicative Fee please see the RCUK website.
*** These estimated costs relate to undertaking this particular programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.