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How to apply for a Physics degree

Find out what some of our first year students had to say about applying to study Physics at Royal Holloway.



We admit about 70 students per year and look for the most talented and enthusiastic candidates. We encourage applications from a diverse range of backgrounds. Anyone who wants to apply, including international students, must do so via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

As part of a conditional offer, applicants are invited to visit the Department. You’ll get the opportunity to talk to members of staff and students, view our teaching and research facilities and find out more about studying at Royal Holloway. We also hold regular Open Days for prospective students still considering or reviewing their application.

Generally, applications are considered on the basis of predicted grades, personal statement, previous achievements and references.

We admit students to both MSci and BSc degree programmes on equal terms. Offers of a place of study are usually conditional on the outcome of your A levels but unconditional offers may be made to candidates who are already qualified. Equivalent qualifications are also welcome for applicants studying for the International Baccalaureate or any other international qualification.

In the interest of equality, and in light of our institutional history, we strongly encourage and support female applicants.

We look favourably at mature students holding existing qualifications or relevant experience and we strongly encourage them to explore their options directly with the Admissions Tutor.

For further information or advice about your own specific qualifications, circumstances or application, please contact the Admissions Tutor.


Typical Offers

A-level: AAA-AAB. All courses require A2 qualifications or equivalent in both Physics and Mathematics.


BTEC National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: not normally accepted.


International Baccalaureate: 32 points (including 6 points at Higher Level in Physics & Mathematics).


For international students:  IELTS score: 6.5 overall.

All programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics.


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