Masters by Research

This course is a flexible learning programme designed for anyone who wants to conduct an extended and supervised research project in an area of the Arts and Social Sciences.

Students pursue an individual programme of research, which enables them to expand their knowledge of the subject area and provides them with an opportunity to contribute a piece of original research.

Research opportunities

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences also offers a wide range of opportunities to engage in individual research leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

The MA/MSc programme can be used as the foundation for a PhD degree.

Course content

The degree comprises specialised research training modules, with discipline-specific and generic research skills elements and an individually tutored dissertation. The Faculty has experts in the following discipline areas:

  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Film and Television
  • History
  • Human Rights
  • International Relations
  • Languages
  • Media
  • Music
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Suburban Studies

Entry requirements

One or more of the following will normally be regarded as appropriate admission requirements for the course:

  • Successful completion of a certified programme of study in an area appropriate to the content of the degree (normally a good second class honours first degree or its equivalent)
  • Relevant non-certificated learning
  • An appropriate combination of certificated and non-certificated learning.

All applicants who fulfil, or are likely to fulfil, the admissions requirements, will be invited for an interview with the Course Director or another senior member of the course teaching team.

Where a candidate's first language is not English, advanced English language competence in the form of appropriate certificated learning (ELTS requirement of 6.5) or equivalent must be demonstrated as detailed in Kingston University's Admissions Regulations.

Students may be allowed to enter the course with Advanced Standing.

Contact us

For further information regarding the MA/MSc by Research programme please contact:

Research Student Co-ordinator (tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2304)

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