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FAQs about applying

FAQs about applying


For undergraduate applicants, we aim to respond to your application within four weeks. However applications submitted on or around the UCAS Equal Consideration Deadline, Wednesday 31 January 2024, may take significantly longer due to the increase in applications submitted at this time.

For postgraduate applicants, we aim to respond to your application within six weeks but this may be longer during peak periods and holidays such as Christmas and Easter.

If you're waiting for a decision beyond the time period given above, please contact our Admissions team.

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Tel: +44 (0)1784 414944

If you apply after the UCAS deadline, you will still be considered if the course remains open.

Check UCAS to see if your course is open

For undergraduates only

Yes, we have limited spaces available through clearing. A list of courses with space will be shown in mid-August.

Find out more about Clearing
Call our hotline number: 01784 772455

For UCAS purposes, Royal Holloway is recognised as RHUL, code R72. We have no campus code as we are based on a single campus.

In most cases, yes.

For Postgraduate applicants simply login to your application portal here: and use the My Enquiries section to submit a deferral request. The team will automatically be notified.

For Undergraduate applicants please use the fill in this form.

Please note, we don’t normally defer places more than one year. Places obtained via clearing may not be eligible for a deferral.

We welcome many students on exchange programmes each year.

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English language requirements vary between departments and courses

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If you miss the offer by a reasonable margin, your application is referred back to the department to be reconsidered. We will then contact UCAS with a decision. If you are unsuccessful, you will then be released to your insurance choice or into clearing.

For any course related questions, contact your department admission tutor

For any application related queries please fill in this form.

Or call our admissions team on +44 (0)1784 414944

To request a change please contact the Admissions team by filling in this form

If your new course is for a very different subject, please include a new personal statement about why you want to study this new programme. The Admissions Office will then consider your request and contact you by letter.

This does not jeopardise your original course offer. Once a new offer is made, this will replace your original one.

Find out about applying for accommodation

You will be assessed on the information supplied on your application by a fully trained member of the admissions team. If you disagree with your assessment, you can complete a fee status questionnaire and return it to the Admissions Office.

In order to apply for a Student Route visa, you’ll need a Confirmation of Acceptance for studies (CAS) number. We’ll issue a CAS number once:

  • You have accepted us as your Firm choice.   
  • You have met all the conditions of your offer. 
  • You have paid a £3,000 deposit. 
  • It is at least 6 months before the start of your programme.

Get Pre-sessional English visa advice here.

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