Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Cultural Geography

The MA Cultural Geography (Research) was founded in 1995 as one of the first masters programmes in the world to offer students focused engagement with the then emerging sub-discipline of Cultural Geography.

Twenty years later and Cultural Geography is one of the most dynamic sub-disciplines in contemporary geography. Our course reflects this dynamism, exploring the relationships between our physical world, human identity and mobility. We combine core concepts with research methods training and interdisciplinary scholarship and practice. We develop this alongside innovative placements and research engagements with some of world's top cultural institution, located on our doorstep in London.

The MA in Cultural Geography (Research) combines the vibrant research of the outstanding Social, Cultural and Historical Geography group with cutting edge teaching.

Thematically cultural geography focuses on the interconnections between place, landscape, environment, mobilities and identity, and thus has profound relevance for the contemporary world. Our graduates go on to work in a range of sectors, including the arts and cultural sector, publishing, planning and urban policy, private and public sector research work as well as many carrying on to further doctoral study.

The course attracts a diverse range of students from a range of backgrounds, not just those with geography degrees. To see more about the activities around the MA Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway, please look at our research group blog Landscape Surgery.

- Study in a department ranked 2nd in the UK for research by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
- Enjoy placements and research engagements with top cultural institutions including the V&A Museum, the Museum of London, the British Library, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the Royal Geographical Society.
- Graduate with excellent employability prospects or progress to doctoral study.

Entry requirements

- Applicants with UK, EU or overseas qualifications who have or are on track to obtain at least a 2.1 (or equivalent) in one of the following subjects: Cultural Studies, Drama, English Literature, Geography, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Music, Theatre Performance.

English language requirement (where applicable): IELTS 6.5 overall with 7 in writing and no subscore below 5.5

Course modules

Mandatory modules: Cultural Geographies: Key Ideas; Cultural Geographies: Contemporary Debates; Social Science Methods for Cultural Geographers; GeoHumanities Research Methods for Cultural Geographers; Research Training; Dissertation. A range of optional modules are also available.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework only. Formative feedback and detailed ongoing discussion of work before final submission is a central part of the teaching ethos of the course. Students also have significant autonomy in the selection of topics for coursework and dissertation allowing them to develop particular interests and specialisms.

Essay 1 and Essay 2 - 5000 words each (20 credits each)

Workshop Report 1 and Workshop Report 2 - 5000 words each (20 credits each)

Research proposal - 2000 words (20 credits)

Dissertation presentation - 20 minutes
Dissertation Viva - 1 hour - (0 credits)

Blog post (s) - 4000 words - (20 credits)
Video/podcast - 10 mins/30 mins

Placement Reflection - 5000 words (20 credits)

Dissertation - 15000 words (60 credits)

This programme is delivered in a single stage, equating to either one-year of full-time study or up to five years of part-time study.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 14,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 14,500 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Holloway Egham TW20 0EX South East

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