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We are one of the UK's leading centres for research into Computer Science.

The Department has world leading researchers in algorithms and complexity, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, distributed and global computing, machine learning, software language engineering and type theory. The theories we develop lead to the design and building of novel practical computing systems, and their application in the real world. This is an essential element in validating our theories. It also generates opportunities for collaboration with industry and other institutions.

We are able to offer a full spectrum of activity, from cloud physical infrastructure and middleware through to machine learning-based data analytics and information security, which is generating many approaches from potential users and collaborators.

Our research funding comes from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the European Union, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Royal Society, the British Council, the Nuffield Foundation, and from our broad network of industrial and government collaborators. All this creates a vibrant research environment in which research students learn and develop their own research profile under our guidance and supervision.

External recognition

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), we scored 11th for the quality of our research output, with a third of our publications recognised as world leading and a further half internationally excellent (87% in total).

The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Computer Science places Royal Holloway 17th in the UK, 126-150 in the World.

Our academics have also received prestigious awards:


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