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).
Our students join a research-led environment in which academic staff are working at the frontiers of their subjects. This means our postgraduate programmes reflect the latest thinking and offer exciting intellectual challenges.
Royal Holloway generates original research of national and international importance fuelled by a global network of collaboration, which garners media attention from the likes of the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Independent, to name just a few.
Find out more about our research degrees if you're interested in taking a PhD at Royal Holloway.
"The teaching expertise at Royal Holloway was the main reason I chose to complete my MA in History at the College, as well as its outstanding reputation in research. I hope that following completion of my MA a variety of additional career options will be available to me."
Daniel Hampton, MA in History