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Tuition fees

Tuition fees

Before applying for a research degree at Royal Holloway, it’s worth considering how you’ll fund your studies.

We charge an annual tuition fee for all postgraduate research degrees. The actual fee depends on the department in which you are studying. Part-time fees are approximately half the full-time fee.

Tuition fees can be paid in full at any time up until you enrol. For 2020 entry, however, if you pay early, you may be eligible for an early payment discount.

Find out how to pay your fees.

Instalment plans

If you’re paying tuition fees yourself and are not applying for support and loans for fees via Student Finance England or Student Finance Services, you can opt to pay your fees in two equal instalments.

You need to pay at least 50% of the fee by enrolment in the first term. The second payment is then required during the first week of the second term, in January.

Please note that tuition fee instalments are not available to sponsors.

Programme fees

Programme

Home/EU fees 2019/20

Home/EU fees 2020/21

Home** fees 2021/22

MRes Cultural Geography and MRes Geopolitics, Development, Security and Justice

N/A

N/A

£8,100

MRes Classical Reception and MRes Rhetoric (Master of Research)

£7,700

£7,900

£8,100

MSc Biological Sciences by Research

£7,345 (includes the £3,000 bench fee)*

£7,407 (includes the £3,000 bench fee)*

Not yet confirmed by UKRI

All other research degrees (including Masters by Research)

£4,327*

£4,407*

Not yet confirmed by UKRI

*Each year, Research Councils UK (RCUK) usually increase their fee levels in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator. Minimum fees recommended by the Research Councils are adopted as the Home tuition fee for all postgraduate research at Royal Holloway, University of London. Fees displayed here are therefore subject to change and are usually confirmed in the spring of the year of entry.

Department/programme

Standard international student fee 2019/20

Standard international student fee 2020/21

Standard international student (including EU**) fee 2021/22

Biological Sciences

£15,000

£20,500

£21,000

MSc Biological Sciences by Research

£18,000 (includes the £3,000 bench fee)

£23.500 (includes the £3,000 bench fee)

£24,000 (includes the £3,000 bench fee)

Classics

£13,500

£17,400

£17,800

MRes (Master of Research, Classics)

£16,400

£16,800

£17,200

Computer Science

£15,000

£20,500

£21,000

Drama, Theatre and Dance

£15,000

£17,400

£17,800

Earth Sciences

£15,000

£20,500

£23,600

Economics

£15,000

£17,400

£17,800

Electronic Engineering

£15,000

£17,400

£21,000

English

£13,500

£17,400

£17,800

Geography

£13,500

£17,400

£17,800

History

£13,500

£17,400

£17,800

Law 

£13,500

£15,900

£16,300

Management

£15,000

£17,400

£17,800

Mathematics

£13,500

£17,400

£17,800

Media Arts

£13,500

£15,900

£16,300

Modern Languages

£13,500

£17,400

£17,800

Music

£13,500

£17,400

£21,000

Philosophy

£13,500

£17,400

£17,800

Physics

£15,000

£20,500

£21,000

Politics and International Relations

£13,500

£17,400

£17,800

Psychology

£15,000

£20,500

£21,000

Social Work

£13,500

£15,900

£16,300

** For EU nationals starting a degree in 2021/22, the UK Government has confirmed that you will not be eligible to pay the same fees as UK students. This means you will be classified as an international student. At Royal Holloway, we wish to support those students affected by this change in status through this transition. For eligible EU students starting their course with us in September 2021, we will award an automatic fee reduction which brings your fee into line with the fee paid by UK students. This will apply for the duration of your course.

To receive the fee reduction, you must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Be classified as overseas for fees purposes
  • Be an EU national on 1 September before the start of the course

Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for overseas fee paying students annually. Tuition fees can rise during your research degree, fees unlikely to rise more than 5% each year.

NB: A 'Writing Up' fee will come into effect in year four (full-time study) or year seven (part-time study).

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