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Royal Holloway, University of London 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 the university has around 10,000 students, of which over 2,000 are postgraduate students is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, with 21 academic departments and schools spanning the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, management, economics and law.
Through world-class research that expands minds and changes lives, the dedication of our teachers and the feel of the Royal Holloway experience, the university inspires its students to succeed academically, socially and personally. Students at Royal Holloway benefit from studying at a green and spacious campus, with a close-knit community feel, with the attractions of London only a 40 minute train journey away.
Through world-class research that expands minds and changes lives, the dedication of our teachers and the feel of the Royal Holloway experience, the university inspires its students to succeed academically, socially and personally.
Students at Royal Holloway benefit from studying at a green and spacious campus, with a close-knit community feel, with the attractions of London only a 40 minute train journey away.
While not a ‘campus’ in the traditional sense, our degrees taught in London have all the strengths of any Royal Holloway course - teaching by cutting-edge researchers and practitioners, direct links with industry, a close and extremely supportive environment, and the diversity that comes with one of the UK’s most international universities. You’ll benefit from all this plus enjoy an urban experience and direct access to all the facilities and networks that the capital offers.
Royal Holloway is one the UK’s leading research-intensive universities*, and one of the UK's most international universities.** We combine world-class research with a global perspective, yet at the same time, community spirit is an important part of our story. 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, 2017-18
As well as the stunning Grade I-listed Founder’s 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 space in our Victorian Boilerhouse - as well as recently opened sports pitches and other state-of-the-art sporting facilities. We’re continually developing our historic estate to meet the needs of 21st century students and staff. In 2017 we opened our flagship new library and student services centre, and new student residences. Our new Science building will be opening in 2018.
The university 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.
All full-time postgraduates are welcome to apply to spend their first year living in Royal Holloway halls of residence.
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.
The School of Biological Sciences has an active and expanding research programme based on the following research centres: Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Plant Molecular Science (PMS) and Ecology Evolution and Behaviour (EEB).
We provide a stimulating environment for research training, and have a lively community of some 90 research students from many countries. The School offers a two-year MPhil and a three-year PhD, both by research. We also have a one-year Masters by Research programme combining research and formal instruction.
We have one of the largest postgraduate research communities studying drama and dance in the country. Our postgraduate students make a valued contribution to the research culture of the department. You’re encouraged to attend research events organised by us and will be regularly updated about calls for papers and seminar and conference information.
We welcome you to participate in our research groups and to share practice and performance of different kinds. You’re also able to extend your creative practice in a range of unique performance spaces , which include a traditional Japanese Noh Theatre, the substantial Victorian Boilerhouse and the contemporary Caryl Churchill Theatre.
You'll also benefit from our partnerships with the cultural sector and collaborations with artists and theatre-makers. Workshops and lectures are regularly offered to postgraduates by leading playwrights, directors, choreographers and practitioners in applied theatre, including Katie Mitchell, Rebecca Prichard and Jonathan Burrows.