Research at Royal Holloway

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Study a research-intensive degree with leading academics

Royal Holloway, University of London is a recognised world leader in ground-breaking research. Through a collaborative approach and expert understanding of the world, the University's research has made a real impact on all aspects of society.

Royal Holloway research has:

  • Helped introduce a new gene therapy to treat muscular dystrophy
  • Reconstructed lost dances which brought back the ballet "Miracle in the Gorbals"
  • Changed the way the UK police interview witnesses and gather evidence.

As a student at Royal Holloway, you will be surrounded by international experts in various fields. University professors are renowned in their subject area – some are fellows of the British Academy; others sit in famous panels like the Experts Reference Group for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. The teaching staff's reputation speaks to the quality of education you will receive. The pool of expertise you will be able to draw from will deepen your knowledge in the subject you choose.

Top research performance

The University’s dynamic research environment means Royal Holloway maintains academic excellence and provides a strong base for further research growth. According to the most recent Research Excellence Framework 2021:

  • Royal Holloway is in the top 25% of UK universities for research.
  • 88% of the university's research has been ranked within the top two categories of 4* and 3*, defining it as either world-leading, or internationally excellent, respectively.

In Times Higher Education’s (THE) analysis and rankings of the REF 2021 results, Royal Holloway is ranked 15 in the UK for the overall quality of its research outputs. Seven areas of the university’s research have been ranked in the top ten by THE for all the research submitted by the department to REF 2021, these are English, Geography, Media Arts, Music and Drama, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Politics and Psychology.

You will learn about the most recent developments in the sciences, business, law, and arts from inspirational teachers. Their in-depth knowledge of the subject will make the teaching engaging, and your learning exciting.

Your pathway to Royal Holloway

The International Study Centre gives you the academic and English language skills essential for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Royal Holloway. Choose your pathway programme and prepare for a prestigious degree at the University.