Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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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    4.13 / 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 high-quality 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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    69.1 / 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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    76.0 / 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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    91.0 / 100.0
  • Royal Holloway is a leading, research-intensive university.
  • The university has the highest overall student satisfaction in London.
  • A genuinely close-knit community and unique culture.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants to Royal Holloway come from a diverse range of backgrounds and the university accepts a broad range of qualifications for its courses.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • Students learn from and engage directly with experts in their fields, and the teaching is research-led.
  • Teaching methods are broad and include lectures, seminars and workshops, practical laboratory-based sessions, field trips and study visits and independent research.
  • The university uses a variety of assessment methods (coursework, exams, presentations, laboratory work, electronic tests and quizzes) and this varies from degree to degree. 
  • Please refer to the university website for detail.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • The university offers a wide choice of programmes including single honours, joint honours and major-minor degrees.
  • All undergraduates have the opportunity to study abroad, either as an additional year or an integral part of the degree. 
  • Some degrees also offer a year in industry, and many courses offer work placements as part of their programmes.
  • Please refer to the university website's online course finder for details.

Student Services and Facilities

  • The flagship new Emily Wilding Davison Building, open to students from autumn 2017, houses a library open 24/7, a student services centre, a careers hub, shop, bank and café.
  • Students can also study in the university's Victorian reading room in the Grade I-listed Founder’s Building, and have access to the University of London library at Senate House.

Disability Services

  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is run by students for students and is led by 4 sabbatical offers, 22 executive officers and a team of permanent staff.
  • The SU provides a huge range of employment opportunities as well as a thriving Community Action Volunteering programme.
  • Inclusivity is at the heart of our SU and there are 140 clubs and societies run by students as well as an award-winning student magazine, radio station and TV channel.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • There are 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 the university's professional services departments.
  • Students have access to part-time and vacation work opportunities locally and in London via the university's popular online jobs board JobOnline and a bi-annual Part-time Jobs Fair.

Careers Guidance

  • Royal Holloway students are supported by the Careers Group, the largest careers service in Europe.
  • There are regular careers fairs, talks and workshops to help students prepare for their future careers.
  • An award-winning Passport Award scheme enables students to develop the skills they need to succeed in the work-place.
  • Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs is a highly popular initiative run by students with college backing (Patron Sir Alex Reed CBE), providing weekly events relevant to the workplace. There have been numerous successful business start-ups and awards in regional and national business competitions.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 75%
  • Postgraduate 25%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 89%
  • Part Time 11%

Where students come from

  • UK 70%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 21%

Student gender

  • Male 40%
  • Female 60%


  • Royal Holloway, University of London, has its roots in two pioneering colleges for women, Royal Holloway College and Bedford College.
  • Social reformer Elizabeth Jesser Reid founded Bedford College in 1849 while Royal Holloway was founded by Victorian entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas Holloway, and opened by Queen Victoria in 1886.
  • The colleges became part of the University of London in 1900 and after becoming co-educational in 1965 the two colleges merged in 1985 to become Royal Holloway, University of London.

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.
  • Anna Hemmings – 6-time world champion marathon canoeist and Olympian.
  • Francis Wheen – award-winning journalist.
  • Lenny Henry – comedian and actor.
  • Jeremy Northam and Mark Strong – film actors.
  • Sophie Christiansen – 8-time Paralympic dressage champion whose success is commemorated with a gold postbox on campus.

Further Details

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