Royal Holloway University was opened by Queen Victoria in 1886 as a college for women. It was sponsored by the millionaire Thomas Holloway and its beautiful building at the Runnymede site was his former home. At the end of the 19th century Royal Holloway merged with Bedford Women’s College and both were admitted to the University of London in 1900. Since then it has acquired a reputation for teachings in psychology, the arts and social sciences. Now a mixed sex university, Royal Holloway was the Olympic Village for Rowing during the 2012 London Olympics.
Most halls of residence are on campus and therefore only a few minutes walk to the main teaching buildings. The furthest is one mile away. Founders Hall is a Victorian college building and Kingswood is a former monastery. The campus is located close to Windsor with its Great Park, castle and other attractions. London is within easy reach by public transport.
Royal Holloway, University of London is ranked 251-300 in the Times Higher Education rankings and is ranked between 601-700 in the Shanghai Jaio Tong rankings. Royal Holloway is not a member of the Russell Group of universities.
Royal Holloway is ranked 35th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings
There are currently around 3000 international students coming from 100 different countries representing over 30% of all students.
Royal Holloway has a student population of over 9,500, of which about 7200 are undergraduates and 2300 are postgraduates.
92.7% of Royal Holloway’s graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source:HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
The University is set in 135 acres of parkland and is within walking distance of Windsor Great Park. The Founders Building at the heart of the campus is based on the French chateau style and is home to Thomas Holloway’s collection of Victorian paintings. Royal Holloway University owns the Victorian Boilerhouse theatre and the modern Caryl Churchill theatre and arts space. The Hub student village supports 80 different sports clubs and societies and boasts bars, cafes and a games area as well as a sports centre. Whilst Egham is small, the nightlife, shopping and restaurants of London are within easy reach by road or rail.
New undergraduates are guaranteed a place in the University owned halls on campus. There are a mixture of catered and self catered halls available and contracts are 30 weeks for undergraduates and 50 weeks for postgraduates. Examples of costs are as follows:
Lowest cost for single bedroom with shared bathroom is £108.13 per week. An example cost for catered accommodation at Reid Hall is £157.78 per week.
International undergraduate tuition fee examples – BA or BSc:
Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £16,900 for subjects such as Geography, £15,200 for subjects such as Psychology, Maths and Physics.
International postgraduate taught tuition fee examples – MA or MSc:
Full time masters (taught) postgraduate course fees start at £13,500 for English Literature, £15,800 for Economics and rise to £18,300 for Computational Finance.
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
- Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Royal Holloway offers a limited range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees including: BSc Business Administration, BA History, MBA/MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert International Management, MSc/PG Dip International Business, MSc/PG Dip Information Security
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