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Royal Holloway is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, with 20 academic departments and schools spanning the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, management, economics and law. It has a safe, leafy campus in Egham, Surrey - less than 40 minutes by train from central London and just seven miles from Heathrow airport, creating the environment where a close-knit community thrives.



Royal Holloway College was founded by the Victorian entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas Holloway in 1886. The self-made multi-millionaire made his fortune in patent medicines and, after initiating a public debate inviting suggestions as to ‘how best to spend a quarter of a million pounds or more’, he took his wife’s advice that a college for women would prove ‘the greatest public good’.
Royal Holloway College, largely inspired by the Château Chambord in the Loire Valley, was opened by Queen Victoria in 1886. The Founder’s Building, which is built around two quadrangles and includes a beautiful gilded chapel and picture gallery, is one of the most spectacular university buildings in the world.
In 1900, Royal Holloway College and Bedford College became part of the University of London, the first institution in the UK to award degrees to women.
Both Bedford and Royal Holloway admitted male undergraduates for the first time in 1965, but their commitment to women’s education remained. The 1982 partnership agreement between the two colleges paved the way for the merger in 1985 to create what is today known as Royal Holloway, University of London.

Facts and figures

•    Royal Holloway was ranked 129th in the world and 19th overall in the UK in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2015/16 (published 30 September 2015).
•    Royal Holloway sits within the top 25 per cent of universities in the UK for research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent' by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
•    The National Student Survey (NSS) 2015 revealed that Royal Holloway, with a rating of 89 per cent, is once again top among the University of London institutions and the larger London based universities for overall student satisfaction.
•    Recognised as world-class experts in the arts, humanities and sciences many Royal Holloway academics act as advisors to policy-makers and the Government on a wide range of issues, such as combating radicalisation and terrorism.
•    Royal Holloway has a total of 9,265 students. Of these 7,160 are from the UK or European Union and 2,105 are international (outside the EU) students. Royal Holloway has 7,126 undergraduates, 1,370 postgraduate taught and 769 postgraduate research students.
•    Royal Holloway has 1,575 established members of staff working at Royal Holloway across academic, administrative and support areas. In addition, it has visiting teachers, student interns and student staff who work across campus.
•    The College benefits the UK economy by £480m a year, with around £230m benefiting the county of Surrey.
•    There are over 74,000 alumni of Bedford College, Royal Holloway College and Royal Holloway and Bedford New College worldwide.

Departments & Schools

Royal Holloway has 20 academic departments and schools: Biological Sciences ; Classics ; Comparative Literature & Culture ; Computer Science ; Drama & Theatre ; Earth Sciences ; Economics ; English ; European Studies ; Geography ; History ; Information Security ; Law ; Liberal Arts ; Management ; Mathematics ; Media Arts ; Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures ; Music ; Philosophy ; Physics ; Politics & International Relations ; Professional Studies ; Psychology ; Social Work.

Entry requirements

Research degrees

Fees & funding for international students 2016/2017

•    Undergraduate: £ 13.500 – £ 15.200 per year
•    Postgraduate: £ 13.500 – £ 20.300 per year
•    Research degrees: £ 12.500 – £ 16.800 per year

Student Accommodation 2015/2016

•    Undergraduate: £ 87,73 – £ 166,99  per week
•    Postgraduate: £ 113,84 – £ 149,65 per week

Scholarships for international students

•    Acedemic Scholarships: £ 10.000  per year
•    Sport Scholarships: £ 1.000 £ per year
•    Music Scholarships: £ 300 – £ 1.500 £ per year
•    Departmental Scholarships: £ 1.000 – £ 3.000 £ per year

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