This means our students learn from internationally renowned academics and researchers while also being known by name themselves. We are an innovative and forward-looking institution, acknowledged worldwide for cutting-edge research and excellent teaching.

*Research Excellence Framework, 2014

** Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2015-16

Royal Holloway College was founded by the Victorian entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas Holloway, and opened by Queen Victoria in 1886. Thomas Holloway was not the first Victorian visionary to realise the benefits of an education for women.

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. 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. After becoming co-educational in 1965, the two colleges merged in 1985, to create what is today known as Royal Holloway, University of London.

Today Royal Holloway is home to a community of around 9,000 students, of which over 2,000 are postgraduate students, studying for degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences. Students at Royal Holloway benefit from studying at an inspiring campus, with a close-knit community feel, with the attractions of London only a 40 minute train journey away.

PhD Programmes

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a PhD at Royal Holloway University of London!


As well as the stunning Grade I-listed Founders Building, our campus features an impressive range of facilities, including modern lecture theatres, three performance spaces - including a new 176-seat purpose built studio theatre and atmospheric found space in our Victorian Boilerhouse - as well as recently opened 3G sports pitches and other state-of-the-art sporting facilities.

Some of our postgraduate courses are taught from our central London base at Bedford Square in Bloomsbury, and all students have access to the University of Londons Senate House library. Were developing our historic estate to meet the needs of 21st century students and staff, and have exciting developments underway including a flagship new library and student services centre, and new student residences.

Our students have access to the largest careers group in Europe, The University of London Careers Group. They are on hand in the heart of campus, offering tailored support to help boost students employability and prepare them for the choices ahead.

Student Life

Our best-of-both-worlds location means that students benefit from our safe and leafy campus in Surrey, whilst being only 40 minutes by train from central London. Our 135-acre campus offers the spectacular Grade-1 Listed Founders Building housing a beautiful Chapel and Picture Gallery, shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, a bank, theatre, health centre, sports centre and playing fields.

The College has a very active and vibrant Students Union, which offers many opportunities for part-time work as well as offering a vast number of clubs and societies. The SU runs entertainment seven days a week throughout term-time, and there are regular market days selling fruit and veg, street food, clothing and books.

There are 140 student-run clubs and societies, from American Football to Tolkien. All full-time postgraduates are welcome to apply to spend their first year living in Royal Holloway halls of residence.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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