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How to apply

Postgraduate Online Application will be open in the middle of October. To apply for Research degree programmes, you should contact relevant departments to find potential suitable supervisors first before online application is open.  If you wish to apply for a distance learning programme, please apply through the University of London.

Before you apply

Before applying to Royal Holloway, take a look at the entry requirements for your chosen postgraduate course with detailed information located on departmental web pages.

Making your application

The online application is split into six steps, which you’ll have to work through before submitting your application. 

You can move through the steps using the bar on the left of the application. These instructions will guide you through the process.

Step one - Registering your account and application instructions

To start the application, you must first register a new account on the system.

You will then be able to progress to the instructions page, where you can find a detailed step-by-step guide on the application process.

Step two - Application form

Here you will need to enter various personal details (such as address and contact details), information on your academic and employment history and on your chosen course of study.

This step also includes a fee status questionnaire, which helps us decide whether you should pay UK/EU or international fees. 

Although you will see a progress bar with 16 steps, many of these are reserved for the fee assessment and document upload - the application form content is contained in steps one to seven.

Step three - Documents

You will need to submit documents to support your application. These can be uploaded into the application form. 

There are eleven upload pages on which you can upload one document respectively. If you have multiple documents, please use all upload pages - it does not matter if the document you are uploading does not correspond to the title on the upload page. 

If you have more than seven documents, please contact the admissions department.

Your progress on steps two and three will be shown on a bar at the top of your screen. The 'save' button allows you to save your progress, so you can take a break from your application and re-visit it later.

Step four - Reference registration

You are required to register your one reference, even if you have uploaded a copy of their reference. 

You may be contacted to submit a 2nd reference if we need further information to assess your suitability for the programme you have applied for.

Step five - Application inspector

Once you have completed steps one to four, the application inspector will inform you whether all the required questions in the application have been answered.

Step six - Submit application

When steps one to five have been completed, you are able to submit the application online. 

You need to enter your name as an electronic signature, and then select 'Submit my application now'. You will receive an email confirming the application has been submitted.

Supporting documents

Before you start your online application, you should ensure that you have the following documents available:

  • copies of the transcripts from your undergraduate degree (this can be a transcript of your progress so far if you have not yet completed it)
  • copies of any other qualifications you have taken that are relevant to your chosen course
  • copies of English language qualifications (if English is not your first language) - if you have not completed an IELTS/TOEFL or recognised test yet, this is not a problem, and you can submit your application without this. You should then forward your results once they are available
  • supporting statement, explaining your motivation to study your chosen course
  • one academic reference - you can either upload a copy (this is the quickest option) or your referee can enter them directly into the online system once you've completed the application
  • an up-to-date CV (for students applying to the MBA programme only).

You'll be able to upload the documents as part of the application process. 

Please try to ensure that file sizes of scanned attachments are not too high. 

If you have problems uploading any documents, you should forward them by email to Admissions once you have submitted your application.

When to apply

We don't have formal deadlines for postgraduate applications. We do recommend that applications are sent well in advance of your intended enrolment date so you have enough time to make the various arrangements between the receipt of the application form and the commencement of study. Some of our taught degrees will also be fully subscribed by the summer months and we'll be unable to consider applications by this time.

If you wish to be considered for Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Overseas Research Student awards or College Studentships and Scholarships, please check the deadline for the competition with each individual body as these can vary.


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