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Tuition fees

Tuition fees

Before applying for a research degree at Royal Holloway, it’s worth considering how you’ll fund your studies.

9,We charge an annual tuition fee for all postgraduate research (PGR) degrees. The actual fee depends on the department in which you are studying. Part-time fees are approximately half the full-time fee.

Tuition fees can be paid in full at any time up until you enrol. Find out how to pay your fees.

Alumni discounts

For PGR students who are entitled to a 15% alumni discount, this will be applied in the following way:

  • The alumni discount is made on the fee amount payable following any other reductions e.g. studentships.
  • The alumni discount is available on the tuition fees for the first year of study only, whether full or part-time.
  • The alumni discount cannot be used in conjunction with full fee award studentships (including those with an additional cash award).
  • The alumni discount cannot be applied to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses.

Instalment plans

If you’re paying tuition fees yourself and are not applying for support and loans for fees via Student Finance England or Student Finance Services, you can opt to pay your fees in two equal instalments.

You need to pay at least 50% of the fee by enrolment in the first term. The second payment is then required during the first week of the second term, in January.

Please note that tuition fee instalments are not available to sponsors.

Programme fees

Programme

Home (UK)** fees 2023/24

Home (UK)** fees 2024/25

MRes Cultural Geography and MRes Geopolitics, Development, Security and Justice

£8,600

£9,000

MRes Classical Reception and MRes Rhetoric (Master of Research)

£8,600

£10,600

MSc Biological Sciences by Research

£7,712 (includes the £3,000 bench fee)*

£7,712 (includes the £3,000 bench fee)*

All other research degrees (including Masters by Research)

£4,712* (see UKRI for details)

The recommended fee for 2024/25 has not yet been set

*Each year, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) usually increase their fee levels in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator. Minimum fees recommended by the Research Councils are adopted as the Home tuition fee for all postgraduate research at Royal Holloway, University of London. Fees displayed here are therefore subject to change and are usually confirmed in the spring of the year of entry.

Department/programme

Standard international student (including EU**) fee 2023/24

Standard international student (including EU**) fee 2024/25

Biological Sciences

£25,000

£26,300

MSc Biological Sciences by Research

£28,000 (includes the £3,000 bench fee)

£29,300 (includes the £3,000 bench fee)

Classics

£22,300

£23,400

MRes (Master of Research, Classics)

£18,200

£21,700

Computer Science

£22,300

£26,300

Drama, Theatre and Dance

£18,800

£19,700

Earth Sciences

£25,000

£32,300 (includes the £6,000 bench fee)

Economics

£18,800

£19,700

Electronic Engineering

£22,300

£26,300

English

£22,300

£23,400

Geography

£22,300

£23,400

History

£22,300

£23,400

Information Security

£18,800

£23,400

Law 

£17,300

£18,200

Management

£22,300

£23,400

Mathematics

£18,800

£19,700

Media Arts

£17,300

£18,200

Modern Languages

£22,300

£23,400

Music

£22,300

£23,400

Philosophy

£18,800

£19,700

Physics

£22,300

£23,400

Politics and International Relations

£18,800

£19,700

Psychology

£22,300

£23,400

Social Work

£17,300

£18,200

**The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will not be eligible to pay the same fees as UK students. This means you will be classified as an international student.

At Royal Holloway, we wish to support those students affected by this change in status through this transition.

For eligible EU students starting their course with us in September 2023, we will award a fee reduction scholarship equivalent to 30% of the difference between the UK and international fee for your course. This will apply for the duration of your course. Find out if you are eligible, and more information.

To receive the fee reduction scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be classified as overseas for fees purposes
  • Be an EU national on 1 September before the start of the course
  • Recipients of the EU fee reduction scholarship are eligible to hold a second Royal Holloway scholarship.

***For EU students starting their course with us in September 2024 the international fee applies.

Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees annually for overseas fee-paying students. Please be aware that tuition fees can rise during your research degree. The upper limit of any such rise will be made clear on the relevant coursefinder listing for your year of entry, at the earliest opportunity.

NB: A 'Writing Up' fee will come into effect in year four (full-time study) or year seven (part-time study).

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