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How to apply

The online application system for postgraduate studies is called Royal Holloway Direct.  We open applications in early October for the following September start. 

Please note that you can apply for MSc in Social Work either via UCAS or Royal Holloway Direct.  

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 nine tabs, which you’ll have to work through before submitting your application. 

You must complete each tab on your application in order although it is possible to go back to a tab you have already completed and edit this before submission. These instructions will assist you with the process.

Register your account and start your application on Royal Holloway Direct

To start the application, you must first register a new account on the system. You will receive an email to ask you to create a password then log into the Applicant Portal with the username provided in the email and password you just created.

We strongly recommend you read the Instructions which you will find beneficial to fill in your application after you log into the Applicant Portal


Start an application form  

To start an application, go to Activities and click Start Application.

Here you will find tabs to guide you through the application process. The information you fill on each tab will be used to assess your application. Please make sure the information you fill in is complete and accurate. Once you move to another tab all the information you have entered on previous tabs is saved if you log out and come back later.

The residency tab will help us decide whether you should pay UK/EU or international fees. 

Qualifications and Employment History tabs will help us assess your suitability on your chosen course of study.

Required documents

You will need to submit documents to support your application. These can be uploaded into the Applicant Portal at the end of the application under the Additional Information tab. Each document should be uploaded against the correct document category.

Documents we require include:

  • Copy of your transcripts
  • Copy of your final degree certificate.

Other information we require:

  • Details of your previous qualifications or the qualification you are currently taking
  • Details of any English Languages tests you have previously taken (if English is not your first language).
  • A supporting statement about why you wish to study the programme you are applying for (this can be on a Word document or typed into our form)
  • A reference, or the contact details including email address for a referee
  • Postgraduate Research programme ONLY: a research proposal.

If you are going to require to be sponsored for a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK:

  • Copy of the photo page on your passport (if you are going to apply for a visa to study in the UK)
  • Copy of any previous visas you have had to study in the UK (if you are going to apply for a visa to study in the UK.

The applicant portal supports each file size up to 10MB in .wmv, .PDF, .JPG as well as Word format.

Reference registration

You have the option to either register your referee details on the application system in order for Royal Holloway to contact your referee directly; or you can submit a reference letter which is signed by your referee on headed paper.  

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

Submit an application

Once you have completed required tabs, the Review and Submit tab will show you all the information you have entered. If you are happy with all the information, you should type your name in the signatory box and submit your application.

If you would like to make changes, you can click the relevant tab at the top of the application form to edit information in that tab and then submit.

Upload documents and change personal details post submission

You still can upload more documents after submission of your application. Simply log back into your portal and go to the Document tab on the top of your screen and click Upload documents.

After submitting your application, you can send a 'Change Personal Details' request to us by clicking Enquiry tab, where you can request to change your first name, last name, email address and date of your birth. To make other changes on your application form read the Instructions tab after submission.

Apply for multiple courses

The Applicant Portal allows you to apply for multiple courses. You can start a new application after submitting the first application. As we have had information from the first application you submit,  a second application will take you much less time to complete.

If you have any questions please contact the Admissions office by emailing Admissions.

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, International 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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