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Why choose us for postgraduate study?

Royal Holloway is one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities, offering more than 150 postgraduate courses, including Masters (taught and research), postgraduate diplomas and PhD and research programmes.

Take a look at our video and the information below to find out why we make a great choice for postgraduate study. 


An outstanding research profile at a top-ranked UK university


In the Research Excellence Framework (REF), published in December 2014, it was confirmed that we sit within the top 25 per cent of UK universities for research which is rated as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’.

Our successes include:

  • 81 per cent of our research is within the world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) categories: an increase of more than 20 per cent from RAE 2008.
  • In addition, 30 per cent of our research is classed as 4*, the highest category.
  • Geography is ranked the top Geography department in England for 4* and 3* research.
  • Six of our departments are in the top 10 for 4* and 3* research, including Earth Sciences (second), Psychology (fourth), Mathematics (fifth), Music (fifth), Media Arts (ninth) and Drama and Theatre (10th).

Find out more about our research degrees if you're interested in taking a PhD at Royal Holloway.

Strong collaborations with worldwide organisations

Our Research & Enterprise team, with strong links to the London and South-East regional business community, encourages, supports and promotes research and enterprise activities at Royal Holloway. The team provides information and advice to the academic community – students, staff and alumni – on a range of subjects from research funding and intellectual property rights, to starting new business ventures.

For example, our world-leading Information Security Group (ISG) has high profile industrial partners supporting its research and consultancy, including Vodafone, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. The ISG has received recognition as an academic centre of excellence in cyber security research, one of only eight in the UK.

Expert teaching

  • Teaching at all levels is undertaken by staff with a real command of their subject so you’ll be taught by an expert in the field – sometimes the leading expert – and share in his or her knowledge and enthusiasm.
  • The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) evaluates the quality and standards of all higher education institutions through a review process.  
  • In our most recent review, the QAA expressed confidence in our management of the academic standards of our awards and the quality of learning opportunities available to our students.


Outstanding campus and study environment

  • It’s the people who bring the campus to life and Royal Holloway is known for being a friendly place study. Which means when you're on campus, you can't go far without seeing a familiar face which makes for a safe, relaxed environment. 
  • There is also a cosmopolitan atmosphere; you will meet people of many nationalities, hear many different languages and interact with a vibrant range of cultures during your time here.
  • We have a beautiful campus set in 135 acres of parkland 
  • You’ll be part of a friendly and supportive environment while living in high-quality student accommodation, whether on campus or close by in the local area.
  • On campus, you can join one of our vast range of clubs and societies, become a student journalist, join a band or sing with a choir, perform in musical theatre or in a classical play, attend a lecture outside of your field of study, help teach and become a volunteer.
  • You can also become an entrepreneur, find a part-time job on campus or in the local area, join a committee or represent your fellow students at a national conference, enjoy a night out such as a pub quiz, live music or film screening and be active with one of our many sports teams or by working out at the gym. Find out more about the top things to do on campus.


A great place to live

  • All full-time postgraduates are invited to apply to spend their first year living in our on-campus halls of residence, some of which are exclusively for postgraduates. 
  • Many of our halls include adapted rooms that are suitable for students with disabilities. Full-time carers can be housed in a room adjacent to the student’s room. If you’re interested in an adapted room, you should contact the Disability and Dyslexia Office for advice before submitting your application for accommodation.
  • Many postgraduate students choose to live near campus in private sector accommodation. Whether that's in Egham or Englefield Green, or nearby in Virginia Water ot Staines, there are plenty of options to choose from.
  • If your research involves work in London you may prefer to live in London. Royal Holloway has a number of rooms for postgraduates in Intercollegiate Halls of Residence in central London. The University of London Accommodation Office offers assistance to those looking for accommodation in London.

A University of London degree

  • You’ll obtain a University of London degree; a qualification recognised the world over leading to first-rate career opportunities.
  • You will gain access to the University of London Library at Senate House and access other libraries in other colleges.
  • Research collaboration between colleges and shared research seminars are very common, bringing added diversity and expertise to our programmes.

Job prospects

  • You will have access to a multi-award winning Careers & Employability service in the heart of campus, offering tailored support to help you boost your employability and prepare for the choices ahead. The Careers & Employability service is part of The Careers Group, which is the largest and most comprehensive Careers Service in Europe, with careers services across the University of London and beyond.
  • We offer training events and opportunities for you to network with the hundreds of alumni and employers who return to campus every year.
  • If you want to talk over your options one-to-one, our careers consultants, many of them in possession of postgraduate qualifications themselves, can provide insights and advice in a personal appointment.

Scholarships and bursaries

  • We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships usually awarded for academic success, or excellence in sport or music.
  • We also work with a number of external scholarship providers to ensure you have a wide range of funding options open to you.


If you are thinking about postgraduate study, why not come and visit us?

Read our prospectus for 2017 taught postgraduate students.


Need more info?



Visit Steps to Postgraduate Study: The official, independent guide for anyone considering a taught postgraduate course.



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