Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.15 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.09 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.77 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    62.4 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    75.6 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    93.7 / 100.0


  • Royal Holloway, University of London has its roots in two pioneering colleges for women, Royal Holloway College and Bedford College.
  • Elizabeth Jesser Reid, a pioneering social reformer, founded Bedford College in 1849 as the first college in Great Britain for the higher education of women.
  • Royal Holloway College was founded by the Victorian entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas Holloway, and opened by Queen Victoria in 1886.
  • In 1900, Royal Holloway College and Bedford became part of the University of London, the first institution in the UK to award degrees to women.
  • After becoming co-educational in 1965, the two colleges merged in 1985, to create what is today known as Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • The college today has around 9,000 students studying for degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences.

Location and Transport

  • Our Surrey campus is green and spacious; we also benefit from a newly-renovated central London base at Bedford Square in Bloomsbury.
  • We are just 40 minutes by train from central London and 7 miles from Heathrow Airport.
  • We have good transport links, with the M25, M4 and M3 all just a few miles away. We also operate a college bus service, covering local areas and railway station.

Entry Requirements

  • Our entry requirements vary depending on the course. Visit our website for more information.

Student Mix

The 9,915 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 72%
  • Postgraduate 28%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 89%
  • Part Time 11%


  • UK 68%
  • EU 9%
  • Other 23%

Student gender

  • Male 40%
  • Female 60%

Course Flexibility

  • Flexible approach to joint honours programmes and course units.
  • Plenty of scope for interdisciplinary study and research.
  • Visit the online course finder to find out about study options.

Teaching Standards

  • We achieved 89% student satisfaction in the 2015 the National Student Survey, making us the top university among the University of London institutions and larger London-based universities for overall student satisfaction.
  • Our Department of Classics scored 100% student satisfaction, and our Department of Geography 99% satisfaction, with other departments also achieving notable scores.
  • Our teaching is research lead and our students are taught by academics who are leaders in their field.

Research Standards

  • Royal Holloway University sits within the top 25% of universities in the UK for research, with 81% rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014).
  • Our Department of Geography is ranked the top Geography department in England (REF 2014).
  • Earth Sciences, Psychology, Mathematics and Music are within the top five departments for their subject in the UK (REF 2014).
  • Media Arts, Drama and the School of Modern Languages Literatures and Cultures are all ranked within the top 10 departments for their subject in the UK (REF 2014).

Academic Strengths

  • We have 21 departments spanning the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, management, economics and law.
  • We have an international reputation for research and are ranked in 19th in the world* (ninth in the UK) for International Outlook (THE, 2015–16).
  • We pride ourselves on our excellent teaching and our students learn directly from world-leading experts.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • We have two libraries on campus, including our beautiful Victorian Founder's library.
  • We are currently building a new library and Student Services centre with the aim to open for the start of the 2017 academic year. You will also have access to the University of London library at Senate House.
  • Our campus gives you everything you need on your doorstep, including: a shop, bank, health centre, chapel, prayer room, gym, plus a great range of bars, eating places and performance venues.

Disability Services

  • Visit the website for information about disability services at Royal Holloway. For enquiries, call the Educational Support team on +44 (0)1784 443966.

Students' Union

  • Our Students’ Union (SU) is run by students for students.
  • Our SU actively represents the students of Royal Holloway University of London, led by 4 sabbatical officers, 22 executive officers and a team of permanent staff.
  • The SU offers employment, participation, bars and entertainment, support and advice, clubs and societies, catering, transport, volunteering, campaigning and advocacy.
  • The SU building is home to our award-winning student magazine, radio station and TV channel in recently refurbished studios.
  • Our thriving Community Action Volunteering programme involves over 1,000 student volunteers working with various organisations in the local area – with hundreds of opportunities available from animal rescue to youth work.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Lots of local opportunities – Royal Holloway is surrounded by over 50,000 businesses comprising 300 of the world’s premier multi-national blue chip companies.
  • Work is available on campus with a wide range of roles, from working as a barista, to doing a paid internship in one of our professional services departments.
  • Students have access to part-time and vacation work opportunities locally and in London via our popular online jobs board JobOnline and our bi-annual Part-time Jobs Fair.
  • Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs – a highly popular initiative run by students with college backing (Patron Sir Alex Reed CBE), runs weekly events relevant to the workplace – there have been numerous successful business start-ups and awards in regional and national business competitions.

Careers Guidance

  • Our students are supported by the Careers Group, the largest careers service in Europe.
  • Many of our courses offer work placements as part of their programmes.
  • We provide regular careers fairs, talks and workshops to help students prepare for their future careers.
  • Our award-winning Passport Award scheme enables our students to develop the skills they need to succeed in the work-place.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The Boilerhouse project added a 250-seat lecture theatre to our academic buildings, it is multi-purpose, enabling students to use the restored space for performance and plays.
  • New state-of-the-art purpose-built studio, the Caryl Churchill theatre, for the Department of Drama & Theatre
  • New Library and student services centre – opening for the start of the academic year 2017, the library will be home to an array of student services.
  • New student accommodation for start of the academic year in 2017.
  • We are also developing plans for a new science building to house our new Electronic Engineering department, as well as a new music and media building.

Notable Alumni

  • Susan Bullock and Dame Felicity Lott – international opera singers.
  • Elliot Gleave – the rapper known as Example.
  • Joby Talbot – concert, ballet and film composer.
  • KT Tunstall – singer songwriter.
  • Professor David Bellamy – botanist and environmental activist.
  • Baroness Cathy Ashton – EU Foreign Minister.
  • Anna Hemmings – six times world champion marathon canoeist and Olympian.
  • Janice Hadlow – Head of BBC 2.
  • Francis Wheen – award-winning journalist.
  • Dr Simon Thurley – Chief Executive of English Heritage.
  • Lenny Henry – comedian and actor.
  • Jeremy Northam and Mark Strong – film actors.

Further Details

Address Royal Holloway
University of London
TW20 0EX
UCAS Code R72