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Royal Holloway sits within the top 25 per cent of universities in the UK for research

Our research is world-leading.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, it was confirmed that Royal Holloway sits within the top 25 per cent of universities in the UK for research which is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. A number of our departments were rated in the top ten for their discipline: Drama, Earth Sciences, Geography, Maths, Media, Modern Languages, Music, and Psychology. 

You can read more about the REF 2014 results and our top performing departments on our Research Excellence Framework page.

Research institutes and centres

We have four research institutes and over 20 research centres which enable and promote our world-class research. You can find out more by visiting our institutes and centres page.

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Seminar sessions, our research focused podcast, features experts from across Royal Holloway.


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