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Why choose Royal HollowayRoyal Holloway is an innovative and forward-lookinginstitution, acknowledged worldwide for cuttingedgeresearch and excellent teaching across the arts,humanities, sciences and social sciences.• A University of London degree leading to topcareer opportunities• Ranked among the top, research-led universitiesin the UK• Academic staff working at the frontiersof their subjects• A vibrant community of students from over130 countries• A beautiful 135 acre campus with state-of-the-artstudy facilities• A friendly and supportive environment with highquality student accommodation• Easy access to London but a relaxed – and moreaffordable – location• A thriving cultural scene with a very activeStudents’ Union• The University of London’s best sporting college• A broad portfolio of bursaries and scholarships


ContentsWelcome to Royal Holloway 4Research and teaching excellence 6Developing your employability 8Campus life 10Student experience 12London 14Local area 15Accommodation 16Halls of residence 18The Students’ Union 20Getting involved 22Sporting life 24Supporting our studentsAccess for all 26Financial information 28Bursaries and scholarships 29An international community 30Student support 32Information services 34Postgraduate study 36Investing in your future 38Alumni Relations and Development 40Studying at Royal HollowayUndergraduate study 42Royal Holloway International 44International Foundation Programme 46Study abroad and exchanges 48Distance learning 50Choosing your degreeCourse finder 52Faculty of Arts 56Faculty of History & Social Sciences 58Faculty of Science 60Biochemistry 62Biology 64Biomedical Sciences 66Classics 68Computer Science 70Criminology & Sociology 72Drama & Theatre 74Earth Sciences 76Economics 78English 80European Studies 82Geography 84History 86Management 88Mathematics 90Media Arts 92Modern Languages,Literatures & Cultures 94French 96German 97Hispanic Studies 98Italian 99Music 100Philosophy 102Physics 104Politics & International Relations 106Psychology 108Science Foundation Year 110Applying to Royal HollowayThe admissions process 112Entrance requirements 114Terms and Conditions of admission 116Open Days 117Index 118Where to find us 120Campus planInside back coverThis Prospectus was edited and producedby the Communications & External relationsOffice, Royal Holloway. It was published inApril 2011 and the information given wascorrect at that time. It is intended primarily forthose considering admission to the Collegeas undergraduate students in 2012. Wereserve the right to modify any statement ifnecessary, to make variations to the contentsor methods of delivery of programmes ofstudy, to discontinue programmes or to mergeor combine programmes if such action isreasonably considered to be necessary by theCollege; every effort will be made not to doso, as much notice as possible will be givenof any changes, and the College will use allreasonable endeavours to provide a suitablealternative. Information about specific entrancerequirements is intended as a guide only –offers of places will vary from year to year andapplicant to applicant.The text of this Prospectus can be madeavailable in alternative formats upon requestto the Educational Support Office.3


Welcome to Royal HollowayRoyal Holloway is widely recognised onthe world stage as one of the UK’s leadingteaching and research university institutions.One of the larger colleges of the Universityof London, we are strong across the sciences,social sciences, arts and humanities. Our 8,500students work with internationally-renownedscholars in 18 academic departments.The University of London degree gained by ourtalented, high-achieving graduates is valuedthe world over.As a cosmopolitan community, with studentsfrom over 130 countries, we focus on thesupport and development of the individual.Our friendly campus, just 19 miles west ofcentral London, provides a unique environmentfor university study. Campus life revolvesaround the Students’ Union, and over 100societies and sports clubs, and we arerecognised as London’s best sporting college.4


Royal Holloway is committed to research and teaching thathas real, meaningful value in the world at large.We bring together talented students in departments whereacademic staff are working at the frontiers of their subjects.By working with people at the cutting-edge, not only willyou acquire knowledge, but you will also sharpen your skillsof analysis, creative thinking and of presenting an argumentconvincingly.At Royal Holloway we give you the opportunity to stretchyourself intellectually and socially. We have a superb campusand a cosmopolitan community of all ages and backgrounds.Our graduates go on to achieve success in all walks of life, allover the world.I urge you to read this Prospectus carefully, but better still,pay us a visit and talk to current students. We look forwardto welcoming you here.Professor Paul Layzell, PrincipalWhether you’re attracted to the vibrant campus environment,excellent record in teaching and research, contemporaryand innovative facilities, state-of-the-art accommodation, ormerely the splendour of Founder’s Building, Royal Hollowayis certainly an excellent choice.The College offers a range of traditional and moderncourses across internationally-distinguished departments,and it’s so simple to take advantage of the easy accessto the cosmopolitan culture of central London in order tocomplement your academic study. Furthermore, we haveone of the most active Students’ Unions in the country forproviding an endless amount of services and activities toensure there is never a dull moment during your time here.Come and visit, and you’ll soon realise why Royal Hollowayis an outstanding place to study, live, and to have anunforgettable student experience.Rachel Pearson, President of the Students’ Union5


“One of the finest researchrecords of any UK university.”The Sunday Times6


Research and teaching excellenceOur students join a community in which academic staff are working atthe frontiers of their subjects.We are proud of Royal Holloway’s excellent reputation for teaching andresearch. Our degree programmes reflect the latest thinking and assuch offer exciting intellectual challenges. To be taken to the frontiers ofknowledge and to consider the very latest developments and findings isan exhilarating experience during an undergraduate degree.Leading researchRoyal Holloway is a research leader. The College is acknowledgedworldwide for high quality research across all sectors of arts, humanitiesand sciences. This is built on a long track-record of pioneering research,continued investment in top-class staff and facilities, and innovativepartnerships in Higher Education, Government, industry and otherorganisations in the UK and abroad. Our research expertise andstrategic location have led to many entrepreneurial alliances, and wehave strong links with London and the regional business community.Our ratio of staff to students is very high and we continue to competesuccessfully for first-class academics with new perspectives andexpertise. Their cutting-edge research makes our courses compellingand enables us to make a greater impact on society.Research Assessment ExerciseRoyal Holloway’s position as one of the UK’s leading research-intensiveinstitutions was confirmed by the results of the most recent ResearchAssessment Exercise (RAE 2008) conducted by the Higher EducationFunding Council (HEFCE). The scoring system for the RAE 2008measures research quality in four categories, with the top score of 4*indicating quality that is world-leading and of the highest standards interms of originality, significance and rigour. The College is ranked 16thin the UK for research of 4* standard and 18th for 3* and 4* research.Royal Holloway’s successes include:• 60 percent of research profile is rated as world-leading orinternationally excellent outperforming the national average of 50percent• The Department of Music is the top department in the UK, furtherrecognition of its world-leading research excellence• A further eight departments are in the top 10 ranked by proportionof 3* & 4* research: Biological Sciences (joint 3rd), Drama (joint 9th),Earth Sciences (joint 7th), Economics (joint 9th), Geography (joint9th), German (joint 5th), Media Arts (joint 6th) and Psychology(joint 5th)Our results are testament both to the hard work and dedication of ourstaff and the investment that the College has made in recent years.Teaching qualityTeaching at all levels is undertaken by staff with a real command oftheir subject, but you will notice the link most when you take secondand final year options closely related to a department’s researchstrengths. You will be working with an expert in the field – sometimesthe leading expert – and share in his or her knowledge of, andenthusiasm for, the subject.The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) evaluates all higher educationinstitutions through a process of institutional audit, including reviewsof subject areas. The development engagements undertaken atdiscipline level express confidence in standards and quality of learningopportunities. In recent assessments Royal Holloway’s departmentshave been awarded excellent ratings and the College’s internalmechanisms for teaching quality and maintaining standards werestrongly commended by the QAA in the institutional audit.Student satisfactionRoyal Holloway students have given us a big vote of confidence in eachsuccessive National Student Survey, conducted independently with finalyear students. National rankings have placed the College in the top tierof universities for students’ overall satisfaction with the quality of theiracademic experience. The survey aims to help prospective studentsmake informed choices about where to apply to study by comparingresults on the official Unistats website.The University of LondonDegrees from the University of London have a reputation for excellenceacross the world. The University of London is a federal organisationof institutions of varying size and profile, together forming thelargest and most diverse university in Britain and one of the largest inEurope. However, this reputation and diversity is not at the cost of theanonymity which often characterises large universities. The collegesare individual entities in their own right, each with its own distinctivecommunity and character.Some Royal Holloway degrees include elements of intercollegiateteaching bringing added diversity and expertise to degree programmes.Our students can make use of the University of London Library atSenate House (access to the libraries in other colleges is often possible)and the facilities of the University of London Union. Membership of theUniversity also means that our students are eligible for the London rateof student loan.“Truly world class”Royal Holloway achieved an impressive 88th place inthe 2010–11 Times Higher Education Top 200 WorldUniversity Rankings and is ranked 13th overall in the UK.The university is particularly highly rated for thewide-reaching impact of its research, ranking 3rd in theUK for citations, further cementing Royal Holloway’sstatus as one of the world’s premier research institutions.7


Developing your employabilityRoyal Holloway has earned a reputation as a place where capable,thoughtful and creative leaders blossom. We understand the importanceof graduate employability – during your student years and beyond – andsupporting our graduates as they go on to thrive in their chosen careers.We want to ensure that a Royal Holloway degree is an investment for life,securing privileged access to our events, facilities, networks and supportthrough an active and involved alumni community.Employers want well-rounded graduates. As well as a good academicrecord, they look for evidence of involvement in student activities andwork-experience. Royal Holloway offers plenty of opportunities todevelop your skills on campus and meet employers, starting from theweek you join.Six months after graduating, 89% of 2009 Royal Holloway first degreegraduates were working, studying or both.Improve your chances of a good jobFirst yearAttend our bumper part-time work fair with over 20 local employers.Or take up one of the 1000+ campus jobs in the Students’ Union, in theLibrary and student facilities and in academic departments. Seek adviceon how to make part-time employment work for you from the CareersService. Get involved in student clubs and societies – opportunitiesinclude sport, dance, politics, media and entrepreneurship. Freshers Fairis a must-attend event to find out more and sign up. Investigate studentrepresentation roles in every academic department or in the Students’Union; a great way to develop your skills. Check out our varied andwell-structured volunteering schemes, ranging from environmentalprojects to helping at Windsor Castle, from elders befriending totutoring and mentoring in schools.Second yearStart investigating options for summer work experience. The CareersService actively sources internships and placements – check out theelectronic job shop. Make good use of the second year summer andgive your graduate application a real competitive advantage. It’s anexcellent time to develop and demonstrate your leadership skills inwhatever field appeals to you: captaining a sports team, taking ashow to Edinburgh, organising a talent contest. Both Students’ Unionand our volunteering activities offer leadership roles and training.Maybe you would like to set up a micro-business. We provide businesscoaching and support for student entrepreneurship. If you are still notsure what you want to do, then for ideas and inspiration, attend thealumni careers forums and employer talks organised by many academicdepartments and the Careers Service.FinalistsTime is tight in your final year and the pressure is on to achieve goodacademic results. So we offer you time-effective careers support.The Careers Fair brings 25 employers and opportunity providers ontocampus in late October, strategically timed to take advantage ofgraduate recruitment deadlines. Join our Careers Service Facebook pagefor regular updates of vacancies and deadlines. Ensure your applicationsand CVs are doing you justice by using the Careers Service coachingservice. Rehearse your interview and selection centre performance.Consider whether post graduate study will further your plans, and, if so,attend our postgraduate study briefing sessions. Our careers supportcontinues after finals with job fairs and GradClub careers support fortwo years after graduation.8


What our alumni sayEd Fisher, Economics, 2007 now Manager,Structured Finance for Barclays, speakingon internships“ The Careers Service promoted hundredsof internships all over Europe and in differentindustries and suggested options for me,on the back of which I made applications.They helped with my CV, the interviews,practice dummy runs and online tests. I dida three month internship at HSBC which helped tremendously becauseit confirmed that I wanted to go into banking and also what type ofbanking I was interested in. I have no doubt that my internship at HSBCwas one of the big deciding factors in me getting my job at Barclays. ”Claire Watt-Smith, BSc ManagementStudies with French 2005, Mastersin European Business with Spanish,2006, now owner of BoBelle, fashionaccessories business, speaking onstudent societies“ The whole Royal Holloway experiencehelped to mould me as a person. It was fun– you work hard, but you play hard. You getout what you put in – this has always been my philosophy. I also madesome really great friends. I set up, and was President of, the FrenchSociety in my second year, which gained around 70 members. Wewent to the cinema to watch French films, had wine and cheese nights,organised a French book club, and speakers came in to share theirexperience of their year abroad. ”Loretta Chen, BA Drama & TheatreStudies 1999, now Creative Director,Theatre Events, Singapore, speakingon personal development“ I enjoyed my course tremendously. Ithelped that I already had prior theatreexperience so the practical sessions wereright up my alley. I had the most nurturingand supportive professors. Professor RichardAllen Cave was the best supervisor, generous, supportive and he evenoffered me a PhD scholarship. Professor David Wiles made me realisethat I had an aptitude for directing as he always gave me such positiveyet critical feedback needed to take my work to the next (higher) level.Royal Holloway was seminal in giving me the confidence to become aworking director. Being a director takes equal parts vision, commitment,a sense of daring, humour and a sense of humility – to take your workseriously but yourself, lightly. I cultivated this at Royal Holloway. I wasnever homesick and my family was miles away in Singapore. My theatrecommunity was my social life. ”Samia Ahmed, BSc Biology and Geology2008, MSc Petroleum Geoscience,nowMiddle East Field Researcher, IHS, UKspeaking on internships“ The Director of my Masters, Professor ChrisElders, had business contacts and sent outemails for job opportunities On the back ofthese, I applied to Sasol Petroleum, whereI worked on a CO 2research project in mythird year. At the same time, I was doing my third year project with theNatural History Museum in London. I also did an internship at Deloitteas an Analyst before starting my Masters. I worked on two GIS projectsusing Petroview software and Petrobase, which are both Deloitte’sproducts…I cannot emphasise enough how important internships are.I had a job offer two months before finishing my degree and I believethat this was due to my degree, past experience and attitude. ”Bronwen Foster-Butler, BA EuropeanStudies, 2009, now Account Manager,JWT speaking on the Careers Service“ In fact I wouldn’t be here today if itwasn’t for the Careers Service. I applied toparticipate in their ‘Careers in Advertising,Marketing and PR’ course which took placeduring reading week. There, I heard KateBruges, JWT Co-head of Talent, speakabout JWT’s graduate programme and I was hooked. I submittedmy application and a few weeks later I was asked back for myfirst interview. The very thought itself terrified me so I booked anappointment at the Careers Service for a ‘how to ace an interview’session. I left feeling much more confident which I guess showed in myinterview, as I was later asked back for a second one and nowI’m here! ”Kerry Davies, MSc Information Security2009, now Director, InformationProtection & Business Resilience,KPMG LLP speaking on developinghis career.“ Aside from the academic aspects andlearning about topics that I had not coveredbefore, the MSc gave me a thirst for learningfor learning’s sake to ‘broaden’ me as aperson. I started to read more widely than before and take on otherpeople’s views for deeper consideration. The other thing that hasundoubtedly been extremely useful to me in my career is the networkof mature students, lecturers, visiting professors and so on that I havespent time with and in some instances can now call on to give meexpert views on practically any security related topic. ”9


Campus lifeRoyal Holloway’s campus is a lively and friendly place where you willfind a strong sense of community. Surrounded by Surrey’s beautifulcountryside, it is home to an impressive range of modern academic andsocial facilities, close to a number of towns and villages and within easyreach of London and the UK’s major communications network. Thecampus is the focal point of student life where most teaching and socialactivities take place, and with the exception of Kingswood Hall (a mileaway), where all our student residences are located.The splendour of Founder’s Building greets you as you enter thegrounds and it is widely recognised as one of the most spectacularuniversity buildings in the world. Founder’s is home to the famousPicture Gallery containing Thomas Holloway’s fine collection ofVictorian paintings and the beautiful chapel and it has an integral role inCollege life. It provides a remarkable residence for 500 students, with adining hall and restaurant, part of the library and a variety of academic,support and administrative areas inside.The magnificence of Founder’s Building is just one part of the campus.Elsewhere you will find academic buildings, halls of residence, theStudents’ Union and all the facilities and amenities you might expectfrom a top university institution – shops, cafés and bars, a bank, thesports centre and playing fields, conveniently located in an attractiveparkland setting.Royal Holloway’s multi-million pound estate investment programmecontinues to enhance our campus, ensuring award-winning modernadditions such as the Windsor Building and new halls of residence sitcomfortably alongside the historic buildings. Beyond the buildings,students can explore acres of woodland and open spaces full of wildlife.10


Our 135 acre campus is one aspectof Royal Holloway that reallysets us apart from other collegesof the University of London.Friendly and cosmopolitanWe are renowned for having a particularly friendly environment. Oursize means you cannot move far without seeing a familiar face and thiscreates a safe, pleasant place to live. At the same time, the campus hasa real sense of energy; the rigorous intellectual life which lies at theheart of our academic departments is complemented by an active socialscene centred on the Students’ Union, numerous clubs and societiesand a cosmopolitan blend of cultures.The whole community benefits from the rich and varied cultural life ofthe College. Public lectures, plays, concerts, campus tours, open daysand other outreach events are held throughout the year.Many students choose to supplement their income through workingon a part-time basis and there are hundred of opportunities availablefor students working in various roles across the campus, from Students’Union Ents staff to library, Facilities Management and administrationopportunities.The next few pages tell you more about life at Royal Holloway, whilethe student views in the departmental pages provide a personalperspective. But don’t take our word for it – come and visit and judgefor yourself. We look forward to welcoming you.11


Student experienceRoyal Holloway offers an excellent educational and research environment – and we are confident thatstudents will continue to seek this level of quality.At the same time our beautiful 135 acre campus is anaspect of Royal Holloway that really sets us apart.The College continues to invest in new facilities andimprove the standard of the existing ones.Butler, Tuke and Williamson are the latest additions toRoyal Holloway’s residential facilities on campus,providing new homes for 466 students. The developmentis the result of a £21 million investment in campusaccommodation, enabling even more students to benefitfrom Royal Holloway’s unique campus environment.A refurbishment programme costing £12 million has transformed the Bourne Building, turning it into a modern,comfortable and fit-for-purpose laboratory block thatwill help Biological Sciences to continue to thrive with itsexcellent research and teaching.Halls of residence surround the recently refurbished diningfacilities at The Hub, providing a ‘student village’ atmospherefor our student residents that creates a real sense ofcommunity. With the proximity to customer services, foodoutlets and Students’ Union amenities, residents are nevertoo far from the essentials.The Department of Drama & Theatre is one of the largest in the country and has consistently been awarded top ratings inresearch assessment exercises. The remodelled Boilerhouse isnow a theatre with a public performance licence, providingmuch-needed space for performing arts and for studentsstudying the practice of theatre.12


Royal Holloway’s award-winning 400 seat auditorium, the Windsor Building has been described as an ‘architectural gem’with its undulating copper roof, spacious, bright interior andmodern, landscaped terrace. Windsor provides state-of-theartteaching spaces, and an excellent environment for concertperformances, public lectures, conferences and other events.An ecological management plan has been implementedso that the campus woodlands are a managed habitatthat continues to benefit wildlife and humans alike. Weare committed to a carbon management strategy andimplementation plan and staff and students are workingtogether on carbon reduction initiatives.A two phase extension to the School of Management has increased teaching space and improved the learningenvironment for Royal Holloway’s largest department.This is an important addition to the School, providing a‘wow’ factor in its external design which incorporatesa zinc dome, while inside the high quality teachingfacilities are on a par with the Windsor Building.The Department of Earth Sciences has recently invested in animpressive new 3D visualisation facility and IT laboratories.The state-of-the-art laboratories and computing facilitiesenhance Petroleum Geoscience teaching and research atRoyal Holloway, with the visualisation suite enabling studentsto view satellite imagery and seismic data in 3D.We are investing in the very latest technology and introducing more innovative learning spaces to meetthe needs of today’s learners. tlc@bedford is a fresh andmodern environment designed to inspire and encouragecollaborative and group learning. It has been created througha £1.3 million refurbishment project to develop libraryresources and facilities.13


London London is so easily accessible –a 40 minute journey takes youright into the heart of the capital.Royal Holloway is unique. We are part of the University of London,but for many students one of our great attractions is our locationaway from central London itself. The ancient milepost outside thecampus told stagecoaches that they were 19 miles from Hyde ParkCorner, although the journey is much quicker today!London is so easily accessible that going there can be a regularoccurrence – for a whole range of activities – trips to the theatre,night-life, concerts, sport, intercollegiate courses, or visits to the shops,galleries and other famous attractions.London has so much to offer – the street theatre of Covent Garden,the bohemian scene in Camden Town, the commercialism of OxfordStreet, the theatres of the West End and the South Bank, the globalmarketplace of the City, the treasures of the Tate, the National Galleryor the British Museum, a sporting occasion at Wimbledon, Lord’sor Twickenham (even closer to home). But it can be a relief to takeadvantage of all this and then to return home to an environment whichis free of the problems sometimes associated with living in a metropolis.London is important in other ways. As well as the academic facilitiesof the University of London, there are libraries and museums withcollections of national importance. Even if you are not making directuse of these resources, you can be sure that the academic staff in yourdepartment will be taking full advantage of them.Our location also puts you close to many of the country’s majoremployers so that making contacts, attending careers events andkeeping in touch with developments is very easy; both London and theM4 corridor have a high concentration of companies, ranging from thesmall-to-medium to multinationals.14


Local areaWe are within a few minutes of theM25, M3 and M4 and connected by fastrail links to the rest of the country.Royal Holloway is located in a beautiful part of Surrey, a county famedfor its historic market towns, parks and woodlands, and lively culturaland sporting scene.The campus is situated between the village of Englefield Green and thetown of Egham. Englefield Green (reportedly the site of the last duel tobe fought in England) has small shops and a picturesque village green,complete with cricket pitch and traditional pub. Egham has the shops,supermarkets, restaurants and bars you would expect of any smalltown. During term time, a College bus service runs to and from EghamStation, just a 40 minute train ride from central London.Further afield are Windsor and Staines. Windsor is famous for its royalcastle, Great Park, upmarket shops and streets. Always buzzing withtourists, there is plenty to do and see. Down the majestic River Thames,Staines has a large shopping centre with all the highstreet names, acinema complex, sports centre and swimming pool.There are many other places of interest within easy reach. How abouta day at the races at Ascot, rugby at Twickenham, a wild ride at ThorpePark, or a visit to Hampton Court or Richmond further along the Thames?Many students live locally. The greatest concentrations of local studentaccommodation tend to be in Egham, Englefield Green and Stainessince these are the easiest places to reach on foot, bicycle or bypublic transport.The area is dominated by the River Thames, the nearest stretch beingat Runnymede, site of the signing of the Magna Carta. One entranceto Windsor Great Park is just a few minutes walk from campus – idealfor a peaceful walk around Virginia Water Lake or through the DeerPark to Windsor Castle.CommunicationsGood communications are an important feature of our location.For road-users, we are within a few minutes of the M25, M3 and M4.We are connected by fast rail links to the rest of the country via theLondon stations or Reading (Egham is on the London Waterloo-Readingline); Eurostar services to mainland Europe also depart from London.We are just seven miles from London Heathrow Airport.15


AccommodationRoyal Holloway offers students a wide variety of accommodation,mostly situated on campus, from the unique character of the VictorianFounder’s Building to more modern residences such as Williamson, Tuke& Butler. In each residence a dedicated team of residential support andoperational staff will look after you, ensuring that you are provided witha safe and comfortable home throughout your stay.Most students find it especially helpful being in College accommodationin their first year when convenient location and a friendly communitycan ease the transition to university life. Whichever hall you are in, youare never very far from all the College’s facilities. Getting home after anevening studying or attending a function in the Union is safe and easy,with the Students’ Union running a late night bus for those living offthe main campus, including Kingswood Hall.We expect to be able to guarantee a place in a hall for all newundergraduate students who firmly accept a conditional orunconditional offer of a place at Royal Holloway and apply for studenthousing by the UCAS and Student Housing Bureau deadline (see theStudent Housing Bureau website for further details of how to apply,costs, and lengths of licence).Royal Holloway’s halls of residence are all situated on or near the maincampus, (Kingswood Hall, our only off campus site, is just over a mileaway and has its own bus service included in the fee). Our halls ofresidence offer a variety of styles of accommodation and students mayopt for mixed or single-sex designated areas.Halls are classified as either catered-pay-as-you-go or self-catered. Inthe self-catered residences, students are provided with a fully equippedkitchen so that they can cater for themselves (please note that crockery,cutlery, glasses and cooking utensils are not included). In a catered-payas-you-goresidence, food is available in dining halls where studentschoose and pay for what they want. The accommodation fee doesnot include any meals. As a student in this type of hall you will receivea 50 percent discount on any food items prepared on campus andpurchased in the College’s Founder’s and Kingswood dining halls. Werecommend that you allocate around £30 per week for meal purchases.In addition to all the amenities mentioned, catered-pay-as-you-gohalls have pantries so that students can prepare hot drinks and snacks.Launderettes are also available throughout the campus.All of our residences comply with the Universities UK Code of Practiceunder the Housing Act 2005.Adapted accommodationMany of our halls include rooms that have been adapted to make themsuitable for students with special needs. Full-time carers can be housedin a hall of residence room adjacent to the room assigned to the studenthe/she is supporting. Normal residence fees will be charged for thecarer’s room. Specific enquiries about our adapted facilities should beaddressed to the Educational Support Office (see page 18).CateringResidents of catered-pay-as-you-go halls are entitled to a discount of50 percent off the normal selling price of the majority of food itemspurchased in the College’s dining halls. All students are entitled to savethe VAT element (currently 20 percent) when purchasing most food anddrink on their RCS account.The two catered dining halls, Founder’s and KW’s at Kingswood servea varied menu which caters for a mix of student tastes. If you havespecial dietary requirements, please check in advance whether thesecan be accommodated. All students, staff and visitors to the Collegeare more than welcome to use the dining halls and other cateringoutlets on campus.Through the College Card students can access their RCS Account whichworks in much the same way as Maestro or Visa delta cards. Whenthe account is in credit students can make purchases in the dining16


Pull outhalls, cafés, bars and College Shop operated by Facilities Management.Additional catering outlets include The Hub – Coffee & Cake, Imagine,Crosslands in Founder’s, Café Jules at the International Building andKingswood’s own café bar – 8Bar9.The RCS Account is completely free to all and further benefits includea loyalty scheme, which offers 1p redemption for every pound thatyou spend, and a calendar of promotional offers exclusive to RCSAccount holders.RatesAccommodation rates for 2011–12 can be found in the table on page18. Costs vary between halls, but all include the cost of heat, light andwater. Residence fees are payable termly in advance. Termly fees arein whole pounds and may not correlate exactly with the total of theweekly figures.Networked roomsData cabling has been installed in all of the residences to provide youwith internet access, allowing you to use your computer laptop for yourstudies. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the campus.Car parkingDue to limited car parking facilities students who live on campus are notpermitted to bring a car onto College property. Parking is available toresidents of Kingswood Hall and to some students living in halls northof the A30 in Penrose Court. Disabled parking is available with ouradapted rooms.Living outNearly all second year and most final year students live off campus inprivate sector accommodation – often sharing with a group of studentsor in lodgings with a family. The majority find accommodation in theneighbouring areas of Englefield Green, Egham or Virginia Water ora few miles away in Staines or Windsor. Non-resident students withinthe local area are able to take advantage of a Students’ Union bus tohelp them get home after evening functions, while a daytime Collegeservice runs between the main campus and Egham railway station orKingswood Hall.The College’s Student Housing Bureau provides online listings of flats,houses and lodgings through www.rhulstudentprs.co.uk.The Student Housing Bureau is not able to inspect private sectorproperties or guarantee their condition, quality or safety, but much ofthe accommodation available locally is of a high standard. The costs ofliving out compare favourably with other parts of South East Englandand are certainly more affordable than central London. Additionally,Royal Holloway students are eligible for the London rate of student loan.17


Halls of residenceButler, Tuke & Williamson, our newest halls, opened in September 2007. Grouped in flats of eight, the modernen suite study bedrooms are arranged around a central corridor with a large communal kitchen and dining spaceat one end.Founder’s Hall comprises mainly single study bedrooms, with some larger shared rooms. Students share the toiletand bathroom amenities and there are single sex floors. Additional facilities include a dining hall, launderette, andCrosslands which operates as a bar throughout the week.Gowar & Wedderburn, opened in 2004, is an award-winning development of en suite study bedrooms, groupedin flats of eight. The bedrooms are arranged around a central corridor with a large communal kitchen and diningspace at one end.Kingswood 1 & 2 is located approximately one and a half miles from the main campus. On site there is adining room, TV/common room, 8Bar9, and laundry facilities. Students are able to apply for a parking permit.A bus service for residents operates during the day and the Students’ Union runs a bus after evening functions.• Kingswood 1 provides a mix of single and twin standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities.The accommodation is divided into male and female areas.• Kingswood 2 comprises flats of eight or nine single rooms, each with en suite facilities. Most flats are opento both men and women, although a few have been designated male or female only.Penrose Court is located on the north side of the A30 and is linked to the main campus via a footbridge.There is a mix of houses and flats and the single bedrooms (usually four or six) are located around sharedbathroom and kitchen/dining facilities.Reid Hall is located near to the main residential reception and Hub. It comprises nine blocks with around20 bedrooms per house. Each house has a pantry area with a microwave and fridge and all the bedroomshave en suite facilities.Runnymede 1 & 2 is located at the lower end of the campus near the Hub. Each flat has six or eight singlebedrooms with en suite facilities and a shared kitchen/diner. There is also a common room which can be usedby all Runnymede residents.1 The 2011–12 rates are put in as a guideline; these will be increased for 2012–13to take account of cost increases. Adjustments may also be made to reflect theprovision of additional services or facilities.2 The rates include data cabling where specified. Health Centre and counselling feesare included in all rates.3 Butler, Tuke & Williamson, Founder’s, Gowar (including Sang Il Lee Hall) &Wedderburn, Kingswood, Reid and Runnymede rates will include a £10 yearly chargefor the social fund.4 The cost for the bus service is included in the rates and is free at the point of delivery.18


Single Twin En suite StandardDataCablingCateredpay-asyou-goSelfcateredUndergraduatePostgraduateTenancy(weeks)Total rates2011–2012 1,2 30/38£4,313.88 to£5,209.90 3 30£2,792.43 to£3,754.98 3 38 £5,209.90 3 38 38£3,066.05 to£5,114.50 3,4 38 £4,192.30 30 £4,040.64 3 38 £4,929.00 319


The Students’ UnionThe heart of the campusThe Students’ Union actively represents and provides a service forthe needs and interests of all students studying at Royal Holloway,University of London by providing events, activities and opportunitiesoutside of academic study, ensuring that your University experience isthe best that it can be whilst being a student here.From the huge range of clubs and societies you can join, to writingarticles for The Orbital; from airing your voice at a General Meeting, toseeking advice from our academic and welfare services; from activelypartaking in a campaign to working in one of our commercial venues,the Students’ Union is always a hive of activity. The Union’s turnover isin excess of £1.5 million per annum, and every penny you spend in theStudents’ Union is ploughed straight back into maintaining, improvingand developing student services.The main Union building on campus includes a large function hall, threebars, Bake&Bite food outlet and the Union’s administrative offices.Elsewhere on campus, the Union operates Medicine – a bar and gamesarea designed by the creators of Ministry of Sound – and The StumbleInn – the campus pub.Running of the UnionThe Students’ Union really is run by students for students. GeneralMeetings are the highest decision making body of the Union and alsoprovide an opportunity to discuss issues, make student announcementsand engage in lively debate. Whilst representatives are elected to sit onand run a General Meeting, any student is eligible to attend, vote, andhave their say.The direction and development of the Students’ Union is theresponsibility of the Trustee Board, which is made up of two studenttrustees, one College trustee, three external trustees and four studentSabbatical Officers. The Sabbatical Officers are elected for one year inoffice and work full-time either during or after completing their degree.The Sabbatical Officers are assisted by 13 elected Executive Officerswho work as unpaid volunteers alongside their studies, and the Unionalso employs over 20 permanent members of staff who oversee theadministrative and commercial activities of the organisation.RepresentationThe Union provides an important representational role for students,both to the College and external stakeholders. One or more Unionofficers sit on most committees within the College and this – alongsideconsistent liaison with College Senior Management Team and membersof staff – is an essential part of Royal Holloway’s decision makingprocess. The Union also provides representation at the University ofLondon Union (ULU) and at the National Union of Students (NUS) towhich all Royal Holloway students are automatically members.Student adviceThe Students’ Union’s Advice and Support Centre complementsthe College’s own student support services, and is there to provideadvice and information on all areas relating to students’ academic andwelfare needs. Although there is an open door policy, all enquiriesare dealt with in the strictest confidence and students can also makeappointments to see the student counsellor.Non-residential bus serviceThe Students’ Union’s non-residential bus service is there to makesure that students living off campus get home safely. The service runsevery evening during term-time, dropping students right to their doorwithin a three mile radius of campus. It is both the cheapest and – mostimportantly – the safest way to get home at night.20


Welcome to one of the most exciting, innovativeand active Students’ Unions in the country.Entertainment and eventsWhen it comes to entertainment, Royal Holloway has a reputationfor having one of the best Students’ Unions in the London area. Thefunction hall, with a capacity of over 1,200, hosts an impressive arrayof themed club nights, bands and DJs as well as comedians, cabaretsand non-alcoholic slumber parties. Recent years have seen a varietyof acts such as Wheatus, Lee Ryan, Amerie, and NDubz as well asevents ranging from Malibu Mish Mash to Oxjam. The entertainmentcalendar closes the year in style with the Summer Ball – 12 hours ofentertainment held in the floodlit quads of the Founder’s Building withlive bands, fairground rides, dance tents and themed bars. The Ballis the biggest event of the year and has attracted acts such as GirlsAloud, Lemar, The Automatic, Taio Cruz, Diana Vickers, Example, TinchyStryder and Alesha Dixon.Daytime events are also popular, with the Union hosting weekly MarketDays selling a wide range of products from fresh fruit and vegetables,to bakery, fudge and delicatessen stands, and there are also frequentposter, clothing, books and plant sales throughout the year.Student employmentThrough its bars, catering, non-residential bus service andentertainments, the Union employs over 250 student staff. The barsare entirely staffed by students, while the entertainments are onlymade possible by student Technicians, DJs, Security, Minibus Drivers,Cloakroom, Cleaning and Box Office staff. Student staff also haveconsiderable representation on the Staff Forum which helps informmanagement and supports executive decision-making, whilst offeringindividuals valuable skills to complement their academic study.Student mediaThe Students’ Union runs its own award-winning media – The Orbitaland Insanity Radio (1287AM). The Orbital magazine, awarded BestStudent Magazine by the NUS Media Awards in 2006, is producedentirely by students and contains College and local news, reviews,features and interviews, entertainment, fashion and sports. InsanityRadio, also run by students, was voted England’s Best Student RadioStation in 2005, and broadcasts 24-hours a day as well as over theinternet.Clubs and SocietiesWhether you’re a seriously competitive rugby player, an opera buffor have always wanted to try skiing, we’re likely to have at least onesociety or club to suit your taste. However, if there isn’t, the staff inthe Student Activities Department will be more than willing to helpyou set one up. The Union currently offers its members many clubsand societies, which are open for students of all abilities and interests.Each club and society is run by a committee of students, with at leastthree elected positions, which means that every year there are over 255positions needing to be filled – positions involving organisation andleadership skills which, in the eyes of a potential employer, might wellset you apart from someone with a similar academic record. Here is aselection of our clubs and societies:Societies (51 in total):Absolute Harmony, Anime/Manga, Afro-Carribean Society, AmnestyInternational, Chinese, Christians Together, Comedy, Creative Arts,Dance, Debating, Drama, Expedition, Fashion, Games, Hindu, HistoricalRe-enactment, Indian Dance, Investment, Islamic, Juggling, LGBT,Musical Theatre, People & Planet, Rock, Savoy Opera, Sikh. There arealso societies linked to most academic departments.Sports Clubs (34 in total):American Football, Badminton, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cricket,Football, Golf, Hockey, Karate, Lacrosse, Mixed Martial Arts, Netball,Ninjitsu, Riding, Rugby, Ski and Board, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, ThaiBoxing, Trampolining, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball.For more information visit: www.surhul.co.uk21


Getting involvedGetting involvedWhatever your degree, Royal Holloway encourages all students to getinvolved in the cultural life of the College and the wider community.Music, drama, dance and media play starring roles in College life,providing lots of opportunities for all talents and abilities, whether inthe spotlight or helping behind the stage. Our renowned Music, Dramaand Media Arts Departments (see pages 100, 74 and 92) all contributeto the rich cultural scene of the College by hosting visiting performersand supporting the work of students. Volunteering is another socialactivity our students can get involved in and it’s a great way to makea difference and make new friends. The College runs CommunityAction, a programme of collaborative projects with local communityorganisations.Community ActionRoyal Holloway’s Community Action programme is your opportunity toget involved in different activities, learn new skills and build your CV,all while helping people in the local community. There are over 100Community Action opportunities for you to choose from, ranging fromanimal rescue to victim support, from elders befriending to workingwith young people in various settings, or from supporting asylumseekers to helping at Windsor Castle and much more in between!Community Action takes place during the week, on weekends andin the holidays, depending on the needs of our partner organisationsand when volunteers are available. Volunteers receive all the supportrequired for Community Action opportunities with specialised trainingprovided by over 100 partner organisations and CRB disclosuresprocessed for volunteers as needed.Community Action is coordinated by the College’s Volunteer Manager,supported by a Support Worker, the Community Action Student Teamand newly formed International Team. The programme of activitiesis in close cooperation with the Students’ Union Student ActivitiesSabbatical. They assist Royal Holloway students and staff who wantto make a difference in the local community by getting involved withongoing projects, setting up training events such as Transferable Skillsworkshops, and by providing ongoing logistical support for volunteers.The programme hosts an annual Volunteering Fair, ChristmasVolunteering initiative and includes one-off events such as the nationalCSV Make A Difference Day, The Big Spring Clean and VolunteeringWeek. The annual Volunteering Fair in the Students’ Union givesstudents the opportunity to meet and engage directly with a largenumber of Community Partner organisations.Community Action is a member of Volunteering England, partnerswith the national youth volunteering organisation V, and volunteering22


“Volunteering has strengthened myability to work in a range of settings andwith members of the wider community.”Robin Green, MSc Human Neuroscience and HEVA winnercan go towards completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The ‘GetRecognised’ accreditation scheme records and celebrates the activitiesvolunteers have been involved with and skills developed during theyear. All volunteers are invited to an annual Volunteering Awards eventto celebrate their achievements in serving the community.For more information visit: www.rhul.ac.uk/CommunityActionMusicRoyal Holloway has a proud tradition of music-making with Symphony,Chamber and String Orchestras, as well as Chapel and Chamber Choirs,New Music Group, a wind band, a big band, small jazz groups andvarious other performing groups. There are regular lunchtime andevening music performances on campus and several performing groupshave a reputation extending well beyond: the Choir of Royal Holloway,for example, broadcasts regularly on the radio and tours overseas everysummer; the Symphony Orchestra performs an annual concert at St.John’s Smith Square in London.The College plays host to an impressive array of visiting performers.Recent events range from performances by a Javanese Gamelan groupand a Japanese Taiko Drumming ensemble to a masterclass and concertby Sergei Dukachev, the renowned Russian pianist. The Students’Union also hosts functions that feature themed music events andperformances by a range of rock, pop, urban and indie artists.DramaDrama Department productions are put on as coursework and forgeneral interest: as a result the range is much wider than you mightfind in many theatres, and the Centre for Japanese Noh Drama givesyou the opportunity to witness an art form which is rarely seen outsideAsia. The Student Workshop often stages and creates challengingand contemporary theatre in the Drama Department. It also runsperformances at the Boilerhouse – a venue for writers, directors andactors to showcase new material and sketches.A number of societies span both music and drama: for example, theMusical-Theatre Society (MTS) and Savoy Opera Society perform operasand musicals each year. These tend to be major events, with large castsplaying to capacity audiences in the Students’ Union. In recent yearsMTS has toured productions to Guildford and the Bloomsbury Theatrein central London, while the Savoy Opera Society has played to sell-outcrowds in Englefield Green and Reading. Royal Holloway is enjoyinggrowing success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and, each year, MTSand the Drama Society perform high quality productions to great criticalacclaim.MediaMany initiatives in the field of media are student-led. Second-year MediaArts students studying avant-garde film worked with the Tate Britainin central London to organise a study day in the museum on the filmsof Andy Warhol. Other students studying screenwriting attended theLondon Film Festival and their work was exhibited at a public show.Even if you are not a student of Media Arts, the students of theDepartment are always looking for volunteers to join their film casts andthere are many opportunities to gain new skills both inside the studioand on outside broadcasts around the campus. Training is available inradio broadcasting, as well as journalism, and free talks from industryprofessionals are held regularly. You can hone your skills with RoyalHolloway’s award-winning radio station, Insanity radio, or, if you preferto try your hand at journalism, design or print production, the fortnightlystudent magazine, The Orbital, is recognised as one of the best studentpublications in the country.If you are more suited to being part of the audience you can catch theoften cult, and controversial, films that the Anime & Manga, WorldCinema and People & Planet Societies screen.The Drama Society is open to all students and produces several plays ayear, including the unique open air summer production performed inthe Founder’s South Quad. Recent productions have included TwelfthNight, Romeo & Juliet and Henry VIII. The French, German, History andClassical societies have also produced award-winning plays, many ofthem performed in other languages.“As a member of the History Society, I was giventhe opportunity to direct its annual play, a productionof Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. One of the greatthings about the play was that despite being aHistory Society event, it was not just for Historystudents. Instead it brought together a group ofpeople from a variety of departments from Englishand Drama to Biology and Maths. We all formed agreat cast and crew and we would not necessarilyhave had the chance to meet socially and makelasting friendships had it not been for Arcadia.”Alison Watson, History Society23


Sporting lifeSporting lifeRoyal Holloway, University of London knows that sport is an integralpart of people’s lives. That’s why we encourage staff, students and thesurrounding community to get involved with Sport at Royal Holloway.The sports programme at the College ranges from supporting worldclass athletes, performance & competitive sport and recreational sport.Sport is a high profile topic with London 2012 Olympic and ParalympicGames getting nearer and particularly with Royal Holloway’s proximityto the 2012 rowing and canoe venue. A number of current studentsand alumni will be competing at the 2012 Olympics, all of whom weresupported by College sports bursaries.FacilitiesThe sports centre, located at the bottom of campus, is the College’smain on site sporting facility and the home of RHULSPORT. It providesa multi use sports hall, 46 station fitness suite with weights room,aerobics area and substantial changing facilities. Extensive playing fields,squash, tennis and netball courts are also available on campus. Furtherto facilities, the sports centre offers a wide range of services includingpersonal training and 20 fitness classes per week,Recreational SportsThe RHULSPORT-Beactive project is a programme of recreational sportsupported by the Sport England Active Universities Campaign. Theprogramme offers social and structured sport sessions on campus andat nearby local facilities for students wishing to take part in sport at arecreational level. With over 20 hours of recreational sports sessionsavailable each week including; Dance Sport, Drop in basketball andbadminton and Football Fives, there are plenty of opportunities to beinvolved in regular activity.Recreational Sport is a great way to make friends, get fit, have fun anddevelop employability skills outside the lecture theatre. The programmeprovides the opportunity for all students, regardless of experience, to beinvolved in sport at the College.Sports ClubsRoyal Holloway’s Athletic Union offers over 35 different sports clubscovering a wide range of indoor, outdoor, recreational and competitiveactivities, ranging from rugby and tennis to ultimate frisbee andmartial arts.Every Wednesday and Saturday over 30 teams put on the Royal Hollowaycolours and set out to compete against other universities across thecountry. Recent years have seen many successes in a number of sportsand with a new performance structure now in place, Royal Hollowayaims to be competing at the highest level in all university sports.The College also caters for those wishing to take part in sport at arecreational level. All sports facilities can be booked on a ‘pay and play’basis, with discounted prices for students. The Students’ Union regularlyarranges sporting events and tournaments for all students includingnetball and 5-a-side football. Have-a-go sessions for a number of sportsare also held throughout the year.Performance SportIn 2009 Performance Packages were awarded to five teams whoillustrate the potential to excel in BUCS leagues, with support fromthe College they are expected to greatly improve their results andcontribute to the overall national rankings of Royal Holloway. The teamscurrently on the programme include:• Men’s Basketball• Women’s Basketball• Women’s Hockey• Men’s RugbyIn return for dedication to training and performance teams receiveextra support from Sports Development and the Students’ Union.The package helps to enhance the student experience within sport asClubs will be receiving professional coaching and lifestyle managementgiving players essential skills for achieving success once they graduate.The College holds trials for these sports after the Easter break forprospective students, see www.rhul.ac.uk/sports for more details.If you wish to apply for a performance bursary you will be required toattend trials.24


At Royal Holloway, University of London we know that sport isan integral part of people’s lives. That’s why we encourage staff,students and the surrounding community to get involved withSports bursariesStudent Talented Athlete Recognition SchemeOur Student Talented Athlete Recognition Scheme, STARS, providesfinancial support to all successful applicants (£200–£1000) and,dependent on the standard you compete at, you will be provided withsupport such as sports therapy, strength and conditioning as well asnutritional advice. STARS assists student athletes in achieving their fullpotential during their time at the College, in their combined sports andacademic performances. Currently all British University College Sport(BUCS) sports are eligible for the scheme and prioritised. Other sportsare considered and we welcome applicationsEligibilityA limited number of Sports Bursaries are offered to full-timeundergraduate and postgraduate students who are either alreadyattending the College, or who have applied for admission and beenaccepted onto a course there.Elite level – Applicants for the scheme must have an outstanding abilityin a particular sport, being currently junior or senior internationalperformers competing at a World Class level. They must also makethemselves available to represent the College and/or University ofLondon in their sport where feasible.Performance level – Applicants for this bursary must be competingwithin one of the BUCS sports (www.bucs.org.uk) and be competingat a national or regional standard. As bursaries are limited preferencewill be give the performance sports identified above, however allbursaries will be considered.Jonathan Putman, Golf (Management)Jon is currently in his third year of study at Royal Holloway andis one of the first students to be accepted onto the Wentworthbursary. He trains twice a day and balances this with a hectictimetable. Jon has recently competed at an internationalcompetition in New Zealand and hopes to be recognised as oneof the top golfers in BUCS.“The new bursary has proved to be very beneficial. WithWentworth only being 5 minutes drive I have been able toget a lot more practice in than I used to, which has benefittedmy game significantly. Most importantly I am honoured to beamongst the first to receive the Wentworth bursary at RoyalHolloway.”Wentworth Golf BursaryThe second bursary on offer is golf specific, as the College haspartnered with Wentworth Golf Club to offer two full membershipbursaries, offering access to the three championship courses andaccompanying sporting and social facilities. The bursary will be validfor one academic year but may be renewed subject to satisfactoryperformance. Applicants will be expected to have a scratch or lowsingle figure handicap as well as meeting the full criteria of the award.Applications and further information for all bursaries can be found at:www.rhul.ac.uk/SportsSophie Christiansen MBE, Paralympic Dressage(Mathematics)Sophie is in her fourth year of study at the College. WhenSophie arrived at the College she was already an OlympicBronze Medallist from the Athens Olympics and has recentlyreturned from the Beijing Games with two Gold and Silvermedals. Sophie’s overall aim is to compete in her thirdconsecutive Olympics in 2012 and finish with three Goldmedals.“The STARS scheme has not only helped me financially, butalso supported me when I was away at competitions over theexam period. It gave me access to the on-campus physio andgym, which was crucial in the build up to the 2008 BeijingParalympics where I needed to be at the absolute peak of myfitness to cope with the heat and humidity.”25


Access for allOur inclusive culture nurtures the individualand encourages the fulfilment of potential.Widening access to higher educationOur students come from a range of backgrounds and bring with thema variety of qualifications and experiences. Widening access to highereducation is an important strategic objective for Royal Holloway thatwe invest millions of pounds in each year. Our investment in wideningaccess encompasses a package of financial support for students fromunder-represented groups, and outreach work with schools andcolleges, designed to nurture talent, raise expectations, and enrich theschool or college curriculum.Student volunteering, including a tutoring and mentoring scheme, is animportant element of our widening access work and we have a strongtradition of our students volunteering to work in schools and colleges.Each year through locally focused outreach work we engage withprimary schools, secondary schools, and colleges with over 7,000 localpupils and students participating in one or more activity. Flagship eventsinclude a residential summer school for local Year 11 students, a rangeof subject specific schemes to raise the achievement at the pre-HE level,an annual enterprise challenge for sixth form students, and a Ladder ofLearning scheme focused on aspiration raising and providing a sense oflife at university.Academic departments consider and welcome applications fromstudents with a range of educational profiles, and we are committed toencouraging more applications from groups who are under-representedin higher education, particularly mature students and others who donot follow ‘traditional’ qualification routes. Working collaboratively wepromote fair access to higher education, both regionally and nationally,in partnership with a range of organisations having an interest ineducation and learning. Work to enhance learning opportunities forall, has engendered a series of mutually beneficial relationships withlocal, regional, national and global organizations, including Procter andGamble, Mercedes Benz, BP and the BBC.We are also committed to providing support to students with disabilitiesand learning difficulties and access to the full range of academic,cultural and social activities available at Royal Holloway. Our EducationalSupport Office co-ordinates the admissions process and clarifies thenature and level of support which students with particular needsrequire, both before and after arrival at Royal Holloway.At Royal Holloway we consider a wide range of qualifications for entryon to our undergraduate programmes, taking advice and guidancefrom publications such as UK NARIC for advice on internationalqualifications, UCAS media publications including the UCAS TariffPoints Table, QAA guidance, and Supporting Professionalism inAdmissions (SPA). We accept qualifications which we consider meetthe academic requirements for admission to Royal Holloway, includingprofessional qualifications, Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma,Advanced Diploma, QAA-recognised Access to Higher EducationDiploma, European Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, CambridgePre-U and overseas qualifications. Voluntary and work experience andextra-curricular activities which a student may have undertaken are alsoconsidered for certain courses.In this Prospectus, each academic department provides a summaryof the typical offers they intend to make to applicants. Not all of thequalifications which departments will accept can be listed, but details aregiven for the most common. In each case, the grades give an indicationof the level of academic achievement a candidate should have attainedto be able to meet the challenges of the specific degree programmes.Questions and queries on the typical offers can be addressed directlyto the Admissions Office or to the Admissions Tutors in the relevantdepartments. Entrance requirements are summarised on page 112.Mature studentsRoyal Holloway has a long tradition of welcoming mature students, sowe have ample experience of accommodating the particular needs thatmature students have, and supporting them to make the most of theirtime here. We value mature students and recognise the experiencethat they bring with them to their studies. People who return to studyafter time in the work place or raising a family do so for a variety ofreasons. It may be for pleasure or for career reasons, to satisfy a lifetimeambition, or through a sense of unfinished business. Some maturestudents may never have dreamed of studying at a university untilrecently having refreshed or acquired new skills on, for example anAccess to Higher Education Course run at a local college.Mature applicants who possess the relevant entrance requirementsare normally considered on the basis of those qualifications. Matureapplicants who do not possess such qualifications may be consideredfor admission if they are able to show evidence of competence intheir chosen field of study, or if they have demonstrated their abilityin appropriate academic or professional fields. Prior learning andappropriate work experience and skills are taken into account inassessing suitability for particular courses. Interviews are importantin such cases since they provide an opportunity for applicants totalk about their experience and motivation. Some mature applicantsmay be required to refresh or acquire new skills before beginningan undergraduate programme, for example, by completing a QAArecognisedAccess to Higher Education Course in a college or our ownScience Foundation Year (SFY). The College is an active member of anumber of local and regional networks that promote Access to HigherEducation including the Open College NetworkAdmissions policyRoyal Holloway encourages applications from students of all social,educational and ethnic backgrounds. Students can expect theirapplications to be considered fairly and efficiently and we aim toensure that all eligible students have a fair and equal opportunity togain admission to programmes of study that meet their academic orvocational needs.Applicants are entitled to a selection procedure that operates regardlessof race, gender, age, marital and parental status, nationality, disabilities,learning difficulties, sexual orientation, religion, political belief or socialorigins. You can expect full consideration of your application in light ofyour suitability for the course selected and that we will reach a decisionon your application as quickly as possibleFurther detailsIf you feel that your circumstances are unusual and you would liketo discuss your application before submitting it, please contact theAdmissions Office for advice.T: + 44 (0)1784 443350F: + 44 (0)1784 473662admissions@rhul.ac.ukwww.rhul.ac.uk/studyhere/undergraduate/applying/26


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Financial InformationFor the latest information about feesand funding visit our website:www.rhul.ac.uk/studyhere/undergraduate/feesandfunding/We appreciate that a degree can be a significant investment towardsyour future which will involve financial outlay. However, eligiblestudents from England and other parts of the UK studying full-timefor their first degree at Royal Holloway will not have to pay anythingwhile they study as they can benefit from a range of financial supportfrom the Government, and in some cases they will also benefitfrom generous financial support from the College. With carefulplanning and budgeting, keeping your finances under controlneedn’t be too demanding.Funding your studyFees for UK and EU undergraduatesRoyal Holloway is committed to offering high quality, cost-effectiveteaching and research designed to meet the diverse needs of all ourstudents. Following Government plans for reforms to higher education,and student finance from September 2012, and the considerablereduction in Government funding of higher education, universities willinstead be required to charge full-time UK/EU students tuition fees ofup to £9,000 per year (plus an inflationary increase in future years) fortheir undergraduate courses, subject to the agreement of the Office forFair Access. It is likely that students studying less than full-time will becharged at a pro rata rate.At the time of publication Royal Holloway had reached a decision on thefull-time tuition fee of £9,000* for UK/EU undergraduates starting in2012–13. The proposal is subject to the approval of fair access andwidening participation arrangements by the Office for Fair Access(OFFA). Students will not have to pay before or during their time hereand there is extra help available for some students. For the latestinformation please visit the Royal Holloway website:www.rhul.ac.uk/studyhere/undergraduate/feesandfunding/Financial support for English studentsFull time students from England studying for their first degree canbenefit from the following financial support:No upfront tuition fees• You don’t have to pay for your course yourself, before or during yourtime at university. Instead you can get a tuition fee loan, which youonly start to pay back once you have graduated and earn more than£21,000 a year.• The repayment process is simple as it will be deducted automaticallyfrom pay through the tax system.Student loans for living costs• Loans are available to help with living costs such as food,accommodation and travel.• A loan of up to £5,500 will be available if you live away from homeand study outside London.• A larger loan of up to £7,675 will be available if you live away fromhome and study in London. Royal Holloway students benefit thehigher London rate of loan.• A loan of up to £4,375 will be available if you live with your parents.For more information on student loans visit Student Finance England atwww.direct.gov.uk*£9,000 is the fee proposed, subject to the approval of our access agreement bythe Office of Fair Access.Non-repayable maintenance grants• Grants are available to help with living costs such as food,accommodation and travel.• If your household income is up to £25,000 you will be entitled to afull grant of £3,250, which you won’t have to pay back.• If your household income is between £25,000 and £42,600 youwould be entitled to a grant of between £50 and £3,250 which youwon’t have to pay back.Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish studentsThe financial support arrangements for Welsh, Scottish and NorthernIrish students wishing to study at Royal Holloway starting in September2012 are different to those of English students. Please contact therelevant student financial support agency for information:• Wales – Student Finance Wales• Scotland – Student Awards Agency for England• Northern Ireland – Student Finance Northern IrelandEU Student (non-UK)It is the Government’s intention that all EU (non-UK) nationals shouldbe assessed in a similar way to UK students in relation to tuition fees.Therefore EU students may be eligible to receive help towards thetuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates.Overseas students (non-EU)Students residing outside the EU are required to pay a different levelof fee for undergraduate study. Please consult the Royal HollowayInternational (RHI) website for further information:www.rhul.ac.uk/international/Further funding – Grants, Scholarships and BursariesRoyal Holloway tuition fee discounts, bursaries and hardshipsupportAt the time of publication Royal Holloway had not reached a decisionon the form that its financial support package will take as part of OFFAarrangements. We envisage a combination of support including feediscounts, bursaries and additional hardship support to assist some fulltime undergraduates financially. Further information will be posted onthe Royal Holloway website in due course.The National Scholarship Programme (NSP)As part of the Government’s National Scholarship Programme somestudents from disadvantaged backgrounds at Royal Holloway will beprovided with help with the cost of attending university. Scholarshipswill be worth at least £3,000 for individual students in tuition feediscounts and other benefits.Access to Learning FundRoyal Holloway has an Access to Learning Fund to assist students infinancial difficulties.Students with disabilitiesStudents with a disability can apply for a Disabled Student Allowancefrom their Student Finance England/Wales.Correct at time of publication, April 2011.28


Bursaries and scholarshipsName of awardEligibilityBursaries for undergraduate students from England and WalesAt the time of publication Royal Holloway had not confirmed the financial support package for students as part of our office for fair access (OFFA) arrangements in2012. We envisage a combination of support including bursaries to assist some full time undergraduates financially. For the latest information please visit theRoyal Holloway website at www.rhul.ac.uk/studyhere/Name of awardEligibilityScholarships for undergraduate students from the UKEliahou Dangoor Scholarships£1,000 for the first year of full-timeundergraduate study, £500 if part-timeScholarships for non-EU international studentsInternational ExcellenceUp to £4,000 during the first year ofundergraduate study as a discount onoverseas first year’s tuition feesInternational Excellence Scholarships –Country SpecificUp to £4,000 during the first year ofundergraduate study as a discount onOverseas first year’s tuition feesChoral, Organ and InstrumentalScholarshipsFrom £300–£1,000Student Talented Athlete RecognitionScheme (STARS) BursariesUp to £1,000Bioscience Entrance ScholarshipsUp to £1,000 for the first year ofstudy payable against tuition andaccommodation feesLyell Bursaries in Earth SciencesUp to £500 during the first year of studyComputer Science ScholarshipsUp to £1,000 during the first year ofstudy, renewable at the rate of £500in years two and threeWentworth Golf BursaryFree membership to WentworthGolf ClubEliahou Dangoor Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to full-time and part-time undergraduate students from theUK. They have been created following a generous gift by Mr Naim Dangoor to leading universities in the UK to provide talentedstudents with the opportunity to study science and mathematics. Students must be applying to study a science or mathematicsdegree, the full list of eligible courses is on our website, and must be predicted and also achieve a minimum of ABB grades atGCE A2-level or equivalent. Students must complete an application form to be considered for the award, downloaded from ourwebsite and returned by post. Selection for an Eliahou Dangoor Scholarship will be made by the College’s Scholarship Panel.Scholarships will be awarded for a variety of reasons that include academic excellence and personal circumstances, and willrecognise exceptional achievement gained through determination and commitment as well as talent.International Excellence Scholarships are available to new overseas students (full-fee paying non-EU students) who hold anoffer from the College.Awards are made on the basis of outstanding academic achievement or potential. All non-native English speakers mustmeet the minimum English language requirements of their proposed programme of study.International Excellence Scholarships are available to new overseas students (full-fee paying non-EU students) from specificcountries who hold an offer from the College. Eligible countries are:India (three scholarships), Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Turkey, and USA (one scholarship each). Awards are made on thebasis of outstanding academic achievement or potential. All non-native English speakers must meet the minimum Englishlanguage requirements of their proposed programme of study.The maximum award is £1,000 per annum for Organ Scholarships and £500 per annum for Choral Scholarships – normallyheld for three years. £300 tenable for one year (renewable) for Instrumental Scholarships. Students applying to anydepartment may apply for the Choral, Organ and Instrumental Scholarships. The following conditions apply:• Choral Scholars are expected to attend choir practices and to sing in the Chapel Choir and the Schola Cantorum.• Organ Scholars are expected to help with Chapel services.• Instrumental Scholars are expected to play in the Royal Holloway Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, whereappropriate, and to take an active role in the musical life of the College.Students who compete in their sport at national or international level may apply to the STARS. In addition to the financialaward, other benefits include a guaranteed self-catered accommodation place throughout study periods and free accessto on campus sports facilities.All outstanding candidates for undergraduate programmes taught within the School of Biological Sciences.All Earth Sciences students who have made Royal Holloway their first UCAS choice. Students must also be predicted, orhave achieved, 300 UCAS tariff points in those specific elements of their academic qualifications specified in their RoyalHolloway UCAS offer as requirements for admission for their programme of study at the College. Other conditions apply.Applicants must be applying, or have applied, to study Computer Science or a related degree programme in theDepartment of Computer Science to qualify. There are two schemes: Donald Davies Scholarships and Computer ScienceChallenge Scholarships. Candidates of high ability are invited to interview for the Donald Davies Scholarships. Pleasecontact the Computer Science admissions team for more information. Computer Science Challenge Scholarships areawarded to the best candidates, confirmed upon enrolment, entering the Computer Science Challenge.Two bursaries available each year for exceptional student golfers with a single figure handicap, and whose financialcircumstances mean that they could not afford to pay for membership at Wentworth Golf Club, to become activemembers of Wentworth Golf Club while studying at Royal Holloway. If appropriate, awardees may represent the Club incompetitions and matches.Further detailsFurther details of Royal Holloway’s bursaries and scholarships are published in our Financing your Studies, a guide for undergraduates bookletwhich is sent to all students who receive an offer of a place to study at Royal Holloway. To request a copy, please contact:UK Recruitment Office: T: +44 (0)1784 443399 F: +44 (0)1784 473662 www.rhul.ac.uk/studyhere/undergraduate/feesandfunding/29


An international communityRoyal Holloway has a long tradition of educating students from acrossthe world, a tradition encouraged by the international reputation of theUniversity of London degree. Our beautiful 135 acre campus, locatedin Surrey, just 19 miles west of central London, offers a safe, friendlyenvironment, with easy access to both London and Europe; a 40 minutejourney takes you right into the heart of the capital and HeathrowAirport is only seven miles away.With our students and staff representing a diversity of backgroundsand cultures, everyone in the Royal Holloway community benefits froma stimulating environment. The opportunity to live and work within thecosmopolitan community at Royal Holloway is an invaluable experience.It is also a useful preparation for your career ahead, as many of ourgraduates find employment in companies operating on a global level.Support for international studentsRoyal Holloway prides itself on offering a high level of student welfaresupport which includes a dedicated support service for internationalstudents. Our experienced staff provide guidance on welfare issuesand practical matters to help ensure your time at Royal Holloway is asproductive and enjoyable as possible. We have an International StudentCareers Adviser who provides professional guidance and organisescareers events for international students.Targeted English Language support for non-native speakers of English iscoordinated by Royal Holloway International (see page 44).At the beginning of each academic year an Orientation Programme isorganised for new international students. This is designed to introduceinternational students to the UK, the College and the local area, andcovers a range of practical matters about living and studying here.Throughout the year, trips around the UK are also organised forinternational students.The Students’ Union also has an International Students’ Representativewho looks after the interests of international students. The InternationalRepresentative is part of the Union’s welfare service and can beconsulted about a range of issues. The Students’ Union is at the centreof student activities on campus. Students can choose to join from avast number of societies and clubs, representing different interests,nationalities, and cultures. These societies and clubs provide excellentopportunities for making new contacts and friends, with whom to shareleisure time activities. For example, the International Society bringstogether students from all nationalities for a variety of social events,including day and weekend sightseeing excursions across the UK anddinners to celebrate a diversity of national holidays.Scholarships for international studentsEach year Royal Holloway offers a number of scholarships tointernational students from outside the European Union, who paytuition fees at the full overseas rate. These include a number ofgenerous International Excellence Scholarships, providing a reductionon first year tuition fees. The scholarships are allocated on the basis ofoutstanding academic ability or potential, and attract a high level ofinterest each year.Royal Holloway visits to your countryRoyal Holloway representatives travel to different countries each year,attending educational exhibitions, visiting schools, universities, andother educational institutions, where they provide information andadvice to prospective students considering studying at Royal Holloway.For a calendar of forthcoming visits please visit:www.rhul.ac.uk/International30


Royal Holloway extends a warm welcometo international students. We receiveapplications from students fromover 130 countries.31


Student supportRoyal Holloway is renowned for its friendly and caring community, withdedicated support and advisory services to help you get the most out ofyour time here.Personal advisers in academic departments are in close contactwith students. Personal advisers can help on many matters, not justthose relating to academic work, and will get to know you well. OurSupport and Advisory Services provide central support services and arealso intended to act as a safety net should difficulties of a personal,academic or practical nature arise; students are encouraged to seekassistance at an early stage so that issues can be addressed before theybecome more significant.Key elements of the Support and Advisory Services• The Head of Support and Advisory Services has overall responsibilityfor student support and discipline.• For students with personal, emotional or psychological problems,there is a Student Counselling Service. The Student CounsellingService is professionally accredited and offers personal, emotionaland psychological support to all students in a confidential, friendlyand non-judgemental setting.• We are also able to offer help with faith support, special needssupport, financial support and international student support.• There is a comprehensively staffed Health Centre on the maincampus, open during working hours, for all students living oncampus or in the local area.• The Residential Support Team set out to ensure a happy hallenvironment for students living in College accommodation byorganising social events and dealing with discipline and welfare issuesin hall.• The Community Liaison & Support Office is responsible forsupporting students living locally, and for resolving any difficultiesconcerning students arising in the local community.• The Students’ Union has a welfare Advice and Support Centre (JustASC), co-ordinated by the Vice President – Education and Welfareand Welfare Adviser and involving various other Union officers.We are confident that this network of support can reach into allsections of the student community. Indeed, in all recent TeachingQuality Assessments of our departments we have received maximumscores for the quality of student support and guidance systems.Support for students with special needsThe Educational Support Office (ESO) is the first point of contact forprospective applicants and current students with special needs. The ESOadvises students and staff about the educational support for peoplea range of impairments (i.e. hearing and visual impairments, mobilitydifficulties), medical conditions (i.e arthritis, asthma) specific learningdifficulties (e.g. Dyslexia, dypraxia), special psychological needs.The ESO can assist students who come to visit the campus or attendopen days or interviews by providing information about the physicalaccessibility of the College, including accommodation, and aboutthe curriculum.The ESO also supports students applying for the Disabled Students’Allowance from Student Finance England. This allowance provides fundsfor the purchase of personal support equipment (such as computerswith speech recognition, screen readers and mind-mapping software),educational assistance (in the form of Dyslexia tuition); and non-medicalassistance (such as note-taking, mentoring or mobility helpers andsign language interpreting). Students registered with the ESO can beassessed for the DSA on site by qualified Needs Assessors and may alsoreceive help when negotiating with their Social Services Department forthe provision of care support prior to arrival.The ESO employs its own Student helpers who can act as note-takers,mentors and book fetchers to disabled students and Study Skills Tutorsare available for one-to-one sessions with students with SpecificLearning Difficulties.It is very important that applicants who may require any of theseprovisions seek advice from the ESO prior to their enrolment so that thissupport can be planned and organised in a timely manner.The ESO co-ordinates a network of members of staff from eachacademic department to deliver and monitor their students’ provisionthroughout the academic year. All the information supplied by studentsis handled in accordance with Data Protection Act and only relevantdetails will be shared with designated members of staff when useful forthe provision and monitoring of the support needed.For more details about the services offered by the ESO, please consultthe Handbook for Students with Special Needs and the Access Guide.Both documents are available from the ESO, or on our website:www.rhul.ac.uk/For-Students/Disabled-Students/“Four years ago, I started a Music degree at Royal Holloway and, having graduated, I am nowdoing a BSc in Psychology. I think two degrees at Royal Holloway shows how great it is.I have always been a special needs student, but my needs have changed considerably in four years, andeveryone has always done everything possible to make my time here as easy as possible. The DDA is alsoensuring that our needs are met. All the staff and students are friendly and support, both physicaland emotional, comes from a range of sources, including the Educational Support Office, theHealth Centre, the Counselling Service, academic departments and the Students’ Union.I have been actively involved in life here, sitting on staff-student committees, beingSpecial Needs Student Representative and also Student Welfare Officer.With so much to do, you can’t help but have an enjoyable time here.”Vicky Pallot, BSc Psychology32


Additionally, you can contact the Educational Support Office staff:T: +44 (0)1784 443966F: +44 (0)1784 470249Educational-Support@rhul.ac.ukUsers of textphone can use the following numbers:Admissions: +44 (0)1784 444376College Switchboard: +44 (0)1784 444375International studentsFor support for international students, see page 30.Financial supportOur Student Financial and Funding Office are able to offer advice andguidance on a range of financial matters, including Student Loans,Access to Learning Funds and budgeting skills. For more information,please visit: www.rhul.ac.uk/For-Students/student-support/financial-counselling/HealthThe Health Centre has a team of male and female doctors and nursingstaff, as well as additional staff to deal with specialist matters such asphysiotherapy and psychiatry.ChildcareAn independently-run childcare facility for children aged between threemonths and five years of age called Little Echoes is located adjacentto the main campus. A limited number of places are available for thechildren of students. For more information visit:www.littleechoes.co.ukFaith SupportThe College is a multi-faith community, with many different beliefsrepresented on campus and excellent cooperation between faiths.The Chaplains are always willing to see students of any denominationor faith about any matter of personal concern; they form an integralpart of the College’s student support. For more information visit:www.rhul.ac.uk/Chaplaincy/• Christianity – There are two College Chaplains – one Anglican, theother Roman Catholic. The College Chapel offers a place of peace inthe midst of a busy College. It is fully ecumenical and welcomes allmembers of the College to a range of services. Other courses, groupsand activities are organised by the Chaplaincy, while various studentledChristian Societies meet for prayer, fellowship and study. Manystudents are involved in the life of local churches.• Islam – Royal Holloway has a Muslim Prayer Room for students, staffand members of the local community; there is an Islamic Societywhich meets regularly for prayer and meetings about a wide range ofsubjects and works in close contact with the local Muslim Communitywhich has long had a role in supporting our students. There aremosques in Woking and Slough.• Judaism – There is an orthodox synagogue in Staines, which is thenearest large town to Royal Holloway.• Other faiths – The Chaplains or the Students’ Union can provideinformation about student societies and facilities for other faiths.33


Information servicesRoyal Holloway places great importance on the provision of userfriendlyinformation services. The Library Service and IT Departmentwork together to provide integrated support for you, from your first dayuntil you graduate. We are continually improving our services, investingin the very latest technology and introducing more innovative learningspaces to meet the needs of today’s students.The College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle, providesinteractive access to a wide range of learning resources, includingcourse material, from both on and off campus. Additionally, theCampus Connect portal service enables students to easily access a widerange of services, including College email, course details and courseregistration and payment.Getting help with your IT and Library queriesThe Service Desk at tlc@bedford provides a single point of contactfor standard IT and Library queries. Staff are on hand to help, andif detailed specialist help is required they will guide you to the rightperson. There are also Student IT Advisers available in the BedfordLibrary outside of office hours during term time everyday except Friday,and a Helpdesk in the Founder’s Library.A programme of IT and information skills training is available toall members of the College. Sessions are available at various levelsfrom induction onwards and are designed to enhance and developknowledge in a wide range of PC applications and library resources.The Library Service and IT Department regularly assess how well theymeet student needs, and encourage feedback through staff-studentcommittees, user forums, and periodic surveys.The Library ServiceRoyal Holloway’s extensive Library is an essential part of the College’ssupport for students and staff. It has a stock of more than 600,000volumes (including a large collection of DVDs, CDs etc), subscribes toover 17,000 journal titles, the majority of which are available online, andhas around 800 study spaces. There is a large and growing collectionof e-books. These resources are housed in the two campus libraries:Bedford Library and Founder’s Library. Students also have access to theCollege archives; these house the records of our founding Colleges ofBedford and Royal Holloway, and are an important record of the historyof women’s education.Recent substantial investment in the Bedford Library has provided arefurbished 170 seat silent study area with improved lighting, betteraccess to the stock and an extended wireless network. This complementsthe innovative 205 seat Social Learning Space, tlc@bedford, an IT richgroup-study facility, with whiteboards, loanable IT equipment such aslaptops and e-book readers, and a café.Bedford and Founder’s Libraries have long term-time opening hours(8.30am to 1.00am Monday – Thursday; 8.30am to 8.00pm Friday;11.00am to 9.00pm Saturday & Sunday), including 24/7 opening in theBedford Library prior to and during the examination period. PC Labsaround campus are accessible 24-hours, seven days a week.The library service manages its stock and resources to ensure studentshave as much access to materials as possible. This includes placing stockin heavy demand in the Short Loan Collections, building on our largecollection of e-books, providing digitised course packs and purchasingmultiple copies of texts wherever possible. You can discover all of thelibrary’s print and online resources through our easy-to-use LibrarySearch facility.The College’s proximity to London enables members to take advantageof the vast facilities and services of many university, national andspecialist libraries in the capital. Students of Royal Holloway have accessto all other libraries in the University of London, in particular the SenateHouse Library where access is also possible to their wide range ofe-resources. For more information visit: www.rhul.ac.uk/library/IT DepartmentAll students are encouraged to utilise IT facilities in support of theirlearning and research. Therefore, the College is committed to helpingstudents develop IT and information management skills, which can beapplied at university and subsequently transferred into the workplace.To this end, training and support is readily available.Students can access the College network using their own computerequipment via network access points in study rooms and at otherlocations around the campus including the Computer Centre andLibraries. There is a wireless network which enables access throughoutmost parts of the College, including lecture theatres. Additionally,access to many IT facilities is available off campus, for example to enableworking from home and access to the Library’s e-resources.A number of PC Labs containing a wide range of applications areavailable within the Computer Centre and around the campus, of whichmost are accessible 24-hours a day. A PC Lab is also located at ourBedford Square base in London. For more information visit:www.rhul.ac.uk/IT/The College BookshopThe College Bookshop offers a dedicated range of benefits forRoyal Holloway students and staff. The bookshop works withacademics to meet course reading list requirements, while the usedbook service gives students an opportunity to make money fromtheir old textbooks. The shop also offers an online ordering andcampus collection service.As an independent supplier of books and textbooks to retail,business and educational customers for 25 years, as well as asupplier to internet customers worldwide, The College Bookshopbrings a wealth of experience and maintains a community basedapproach.Open from 9.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday, the CollegeBookshop is online at: www.thecollegebookshop.co.uk34


Pull out“The Bedford Library is really nice and welcoming. I think it’s greatthat you’ve got somewhere to do group work but still the optionof private study areas upstairs. Also, I think the café is a good ideaas it encourages people to stay and study longer.”Louise Boyd, Biomedical Sciences35


Postgraduate studyOur postgraduate students benefitfrom the high calibre of academicexpertise which exists in the College.The experience of cutting-edge research should be central to astudent’s experience, and Royal Holloway’s compact size means thatduring your degree you will interact with scholars who are leadersin their field. Finding out about postgraduate opportunities enablesyou to form a more complete picture of a department’s activities, aspostgraduate programmes tend to reflect closely the research interestsand expertise of academic staff. A thriving postgraduate student bodyalso brings benefits to undergraduate teaching and study.All our departments have active postgraduate communities and theopportunities for postgraduate study are constantly expanding: thenumber and range of taught programmes are growing, and the rangeof research areas formed by collaborative and specialised groupscontinues to increase.Postgraduate degrees are of two types: taught Masters degrees– Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Music(MMus) or Master of Business Administration (MBA); Diplomaprogrammes – which normally last for one year full-time or twoyears part-time; and research degrees – Master of Philosophy (MPhil)or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – which last for at least two or threeyears. Both types of programmes provide the opportunity for in-depthknowledge and skills.Royal Holloway’s position amongst the UK’s foremost researchuniversities was demonstrated in the most recent ResearchAssessment Exercise in which all our academic departments weredeemed to undertake research of national and internationalsignificance. Further details about the College’s strong performanceare given on page 7, while many departments draw attention to theirown rating on their departmental page.The Graduate SchoolAll postgraduate students are members of the Graduate School,promoting research development opportunities and looking after theinterests of postgraduates within the Royal Holloway community.Further detailsFurther information about the opportunities available in eachdepartment, postgraduate life, funding and applications is onour website and published in the Postgraduate Prospectus andin departmental postgraduate brochures, available from theAdmissions and UK Recruitment Office.T: + 44 (0)1784 443399F: + 44 (0)1784 276381liaison-office@rhul.ac.ukwww.rhul.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/36


Investing in your futureRoyal Holloway graduates are highly employable. They pursue successfulcareers in many fields: from corporate law to teaching, marketing toenvironmental conservation. The combination of an internationallyrespectedUniversity of London degree and the opportunity toparticipate in a wide range of campus activities and teams offers anexperience that will prepare you well for the future.The Careers ServiceThe subject of your degree is often less important than thecommunication skills and creative approach to problem solving which allour programmes aim to develop. How you make use of your spare timeis also significant and employers are keen to see involvement in Collegesocieties, outside interests, volunteering and vacation employment. TheCareers Service team will work with you to enhance your employabilityand prepare you for the choices ahead.The campus Careers Centre offers:• a readily accessible careers library with our pioneering socialbookmarking resource Careers Tagged• strong links with graduate employers• JobOnline advertising part-time work, internships and graduateemployment; in 2009–10 it hosted 4980 vacancies• an extensive programme of careers seminars and employerpresentations throughout the academic year• enhancement of your business awareness and support for yourbusiness and social enterprise ideas• staff on hand Monday – Friday to give informal and individual supportto users of the Careers CentreContact with employersThe Careers Service offers you contact with employers from your firstday at Royal Holloway through our part-time work service. We organisetermly part-time recruitment events on campus, and local part-timevacancies are advertised continually through JobOnline.As part of The Careers Group, University of London we have stronglinks with both national and international employers. We are alsopro-active in promoting the quality of Royal Holloway graduates toemployers, small and large, so that many employers visit campus tospeak to students about graduate career opportunities and to offercareer coaching. Recent visiting employers have included PWC, Centrica,Ernst & Young, Procter and Gamble, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.Career planningThe Careers Service offers a range of support to help students choosetheir first career path from the many options open to them. OurOctober Careers Fair featuring 25 employers and opportunity providersoffers an excellent showcase of the careers options available. Weoffer careers seminars in many academic departments entitled ‘Whatcan I do with a degree in…’ which are supported by targeted careersresources for each discipline. Students also find careers inspiration atour alumni careers evenings where a group of alumni from a particulardegree discipline outline their career paths since graduating and givevaluable advice on how to enter their chosen profession. Additionalinsider knowledge and contacts may be gained from The Careers Groupcareer taster courses, such as The City Course and Careers in Marketing,Advertising and PR.38


As part of The Careers Group, Universityof London, our Careers Service offersstudents access to the largest and mostcomprehensive Careers Service in Europe.Enhancing your job applicationsTo enhance your chances of job hunting success, we provide detailedbriefings on current CV, online application and interview conventions,which can be particularly valuable to international students new to theUK job market. We offer CV seminars and personalised feedback onyour CV and applications as well as the opportunity to practise yourinterview technique. We offer advice on the full range of graduateassessment centre techniques.For more information visit: www.rhul.ac.uk/Careers/After graduationRoyal Holloway Careers Service and The Careers Group, University ofLondon can continue to help you make the right choices even after yougraduate. By subscribing to our Gradclub service when leaving College,University of London graduates are offered the opportunity to maintaintheir access to the expertise of their careers advisers and informationresources.Sample graduate destinations by facultyFaculty of ArtsEnglish National Opera, development assistant; Conde Nast, editorialassistant; Warner Bros, media intern; World Challenge, expeditionsupport co-ordinator; PSI Advertising, account assistant; Allen & Overy,trainee lawyer; Royal Shakespeare Company, press and marketingassistant; L’Occitane, PR intern; Foreign and Commonwealth Office,executive officer.Faculty of History & Social SciencesArcadia, HR assistant; Royal Bank of Canada, graduate trainee; Gucci,e-commerce assistant; Nomura, analyst; IPC Media, intern; Ernst &Young, chartered accountant; Ask Jeeves, IT intern; WPP, marketingassistant; Houses of Parliament, parliamentary assistant.Faculty of ScienceBskyB, program co-ordinator; Natural History Museum, sampleanalyst; JP Morgan, IT analyst; Oxfam GB, marketing ops co-ordinator;Royal Marines, officer; Deloitte & Touche, corporate tax associate,Southampton General Hospital, phlebotomist; Cardinal Clinic, assistantpsychologist; Abbot Diagnostics, purification technician.39


Alumni Relationsand DevelopmentIf you want to keep in touch with former classmates and friends orsimply want to stay up to date on the latest news, reunions, and events,the Alumni Relations Office provides the necessary links to the Collegeand each other.Over 40,000 alumni – of Royal Holloway, Bedford and the combinedColleges – are in touch with the College on a regular basis, eitherby making use of the many benefits and services offered, or byvolunteering to assist with events and programmes. Our AlumniRelations team works with alumni volunteers to organise national andinternational alumni groups, host reunions, provide advice to students,and alumni also serve on various College committees, including CollegeCouncil, strengthening the link between the College and its alumni.We aim to ensure that the links between current students and alumniare maintained. Organised by Royal Holloway’s Careers Centre,Careerlink provides an opportunity for alumni to share knowledgeand skills with students curious about their professions. It facilitatescommunications between students and alumni who may offer guidanceeither one-on-one, or as part of the Centre’s careers seminars. Formerstudents also stay in touch through our LinkedIn and Facebook groups.Alumni receive regular updates through our electronic Alumni Updatenewsletter and alumni and College news is also available in printthrough our Higher magazine.We are committed to creating a global network of Royal Holloway,University of London alumni so that wherever you are, the possibilitiesfor a lifetime connection are there for you.From left-right: Anna Hemmings (2001),World champion canoeist;Jeremy Northam (1984), Film actor;Dame Felicity Lott (1968), International opera singer;Professor David Bellamy OBE (1960), Botanist and TV series presenter;Mary Nightingale (1985), TV news presenter;KT Tunstall (1996), Singer-songwriter;Baroness Ashton (1977), EU Foreign Minister.Further detailsThe Alumni Relations OfficeT: +44 (0)1784 414478F: +44 (0)1784 276418alumni@rhul.ac.ukwww.rhul.ac.uk/alumni/40


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Undergraduate studyRoyal Holloway’s successful completionlevels are among the highest in the UK.The course unit systemAll undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway are based onthe course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexibleapproach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent anddevelopmental structure – something which is not always possible with‘modular’ systems.Most degree programmes consist of 12 course units, four in each year,and you have to pass at least three each year in order to proceed andeventually graduate. Some courses are worth half a course unit, othersa full unit; you therefore usually take between four and eight coursesa year.The major advantage of this system is flexibility. It means that ourstudents can take all their courses within the same department,combine two subjects on an equal or Major-Minor basis, or selectone or two courses in a different subject. In this way you can developa variety of skills and interests. This makes our degrees attractive toemployers: graduates will have studied a main subject or subjects indepth, but their degree will also reflect their ambitions and talents.Degree programmes which lead to professional recognition may permitless flexibility.A second advantage relates to assessment. While the first yearexaminations do not count towards the final degree classification, it isnecessary to pass them to proceed into the second year. This gives theopportunity to adjust to degree level work and the assessment systemand to try out new things without it affecting your final result. The finaldegree classification therefore reflects your academic developmentat university.Other advantages of the course unit approach include the possibilityof spending time abroad or in industry. The system also allows youto adjust your programme of study if necessary: it may be possibleto change emphasis within the first year and, in some cases, even tochange degree programme (procedures exist to ensure that any changeis in your best academic interests). The result is that our ‘drop-outrate’ – the proportion of students who do not complete – is well belowaverage national statistics.The academic yearRoyal Holloway’s academic year is usually divided into three terms of12, 11 and 7 weeks. Most teaching takes place in the first two terms,with examinations and assessment in the third term. Four full courseunits are normally taken in each year; where half units are offered, it iscommon for them to be taught in a single term. The dates of terms areshown on page 116.Personal advisersA particular feature of our support for undergraduate students is thepersonal adviser system. Each student is assigned to a member of staffin their department. You should get to know your adviser well and youwill find that you are able to talk to her or him about personal as wellas academic and practical matters. In particular you will talk about youracademic progress – your selection of courses or any difficulties youexperience with the work.The personal adviser system provides you with the assurance thatyour progress and development are being monitored; at the sametime, personal advisers work within the College-wide support systemdescribed on page 32. When you graduate, your personal adviser willusually be the person best placed to write a reference on your behalf.Our subject rangeRoyal Holloway’s departments are grouped into three faculties.However, there is a great deal of inter-faculty collaboration andthe activities of some departments cross faculty boundaries. In thisProspectus, we have listed our departments and subjects alphabeticallyrather than by Faculty.Our undergraduate programmes lead to one of five University ofLondon degrees:• Bachelor of Arts (BA)• Bachelor of Science (BSc)• Bachelor of Science (Economics) (BSc (Econ))• Bachelor of Music (BMus)• Master in Science (MSci)Most programmes are of three years’ duration, but Modern Languagedegrees and degrees ‘with a Year in Europe’ normally take four years,the third year being spent abroad. Some students who take advantageof our other study abroad opportunities may add a year to their degreeprogrammes, while others may be encouraged to spend an extra year inan industrial or other work placement.MSci degrees in the Earth Sciences, Mathematics and PhysicsDepartments are also four-year programmes.42


Different types of degreeDegree programmes studied mainly in one departmentThese programmes can either focus on one subject (Single Honours)or combine two linked subjects within the same department,eg Management with Marketing. It is often possible to take up to twounits of a 12 unit programme outside your main department (subjectto departmental approval and timetabling considerations) to follow arelated course, to develop a skill, such as in computing, a language ormanagement, or to pursue an interest.Joint degreesThese programmes involve two subjects in roughly equal measure,usually six units in each. The workload is the same as for a SingleHonours degree, but you have the challenge of juggling your prioritiesand working in two different environments. An example of a Jointdegree is French & Music.Major/Minor degreesApproximately three-quarters of these programmes (usually nine units)is studied in the Major subject and one-quarter in the Minor subject. Anexamples is Computer Science with Management. Several departmentsparticipate in the Major/Minor Scheme which allows a wide range ofcombinations; a narrower range of combinations is available in othersubject areas.European Studies (see page 82) provides an opportunity to combinea European language, a non-language subject, European Studies corecourses, and optional courses from other subjects.Because of the variety of options available, it is possible that only a smallnumber of students will study your particular combination. This doesnot mean that you will have only a few fellow students since you willwork alongside those taking a number of different programmes.Glossary• Single Honours – a degree programme taught mainly in onedepartment and focusing on a single subject• Joint degree/Joint Honours – subjects combined on a roughly equalbasis – subject A and subject B• Major subject – a subject accounting for about three-quarters of aprogramme – subject A with subject B• Minor subject – a subject accounting for about one-quarter of aprogramme – subject A with subject B• Course unit – the basic component of each degree – you usually take12 course units• Course – a course of study worth a half unit or a full unit43


Royal Holloway InternationalThe ability to understand other cultures and communicate effectivelyis a great advantage, whether you are interested in working abroad,studying or even just travelling internationally.Royal Holloway International brings together internationally-focusedactivities at the College. The Department’s mission includes:• promoting study opportunities at Royal Holloway to internationalstudents• enhancing study abroad and student exchange activities(see page 48)• building strategic partnerships world-wide• developing and delivering programmes and courses aimed atequipping students with appropriate language, academic study,and cultural skills.English language provision for international studentsRoyal Holloway International offers a number of programmes and coursesintended to enable our international students to develop the Englishlanguage and academic study skills required to meet the challenges ofuniversity study. This provision comprises three main elements:Programmes and courses for international students preparing fordegree study at Royal Holloway or other UK universitiesProgrammes and courses for Visiting StudentsIn-sessional English courses for Royal Holloway students whospeak English as a foreign language.Programmes and courses for international students preparing fordegree study:• The International Foundation Programme is a full-time 10-monthprogramme and designed for international students who arepreparing for undergraduate study in the UK, but who first need toobtain a recognised university entry qualification. This programme issuitable for students who have completed 12 years of schooling withgood grades, but who need to develop their English language skillsand academic knowledge of their chosen subjects before embarkingupon a first degree in the UK. A full description of this programmecan be found on page 46.• The Pre-Masters Diploma for International Students is designedto enable international students who are unfamiliar with therequirements and complexities of postgraduate study in the UK toacquire the academic skills needed to succeed at graduate level. Theprogramme focuses on the acquisition of English language, studyand research skills, and particular attention is paid to familiarisingstudents with the critical and analytical skills needed at postgraduatelevel. This 10-month programme leads to a Royal Holloway diploma.• The Pre-sessional English Language Programme is offered prior tothe start of the academic year. It is open to all non-native Englishspeaking undergraduates and postgraduates and gives studentsthe opportunity to develop their academic language skills and tofamiliarise themselves with the academic environment at RoyalHolloway before beginning their studies. The programme is alsoopen to Visiting Students and applicants who wish to enrol onthe International Foundation Programme or the Pre-MastersDiploma but who do not have the required level of English to jointhese programmes without preparation. Students can join thisprogramme for either 12, 8 or 4 weeks, depending on their levelof English. Postgraduate students who have been offered a placeon Management or Business programmes will be offered targetedEnglish language classes with a management focus. A separatetuition fee is charged for the Pre-sessional English LanguageProgramme, and accommodation on campus is available.Programmes and courses for Visiting Students:• The credit-bearing Background to Modern Britain courses aim tointroduce students to a range of issues and concepts relevant tocontemporary British society by examining important social, culturaland political themes in recent British history. At the same timestudents develop the language and academic study skills relevant toundergraduate work in either the Arts or in the Social Sciences.• The two half-course units entitled Background to Modern Britain forthe Arts 1 & 2 are intended for students taking courses in the Facultyof Arts, and are particularly aimed at supporting students takingcourses in Drama, English Literature and/or Media Arts. Students studya number of selected art forms such as film, fiction and theatre andthese will be used to explore such themes as British identity, the familyin Britain today and issues related to Britain as a multicultural society.• The two half-course units entitled Background to Modern Britain forthe Social Sciences 1 & 2 are intended for students taking coursesin the Faculty of History & Social Sciences and are specificallydesigned to support students taking courses in Economics, History,Management, and Politics & International Relations. These coursesintroduce students to some of the major developments in recentBritish economic, social or political history, and students will have theopportunity to explore such themes as Britain’s relationship with theEuropean Union, the role of advertising, workers’ rights and modernentrepreneurs.In-sessional English courses for all students who speak English as aforeign language:• In-sessional English courses are taught during the academic year.These courses focus on the development of specific academic skills.They help students to improve their written and spoken English anddevelop strategies for studying in a foreign language. These coursesare free to all full-time students, although a small charge is made tocover the costs of teaching materials.Further detailsRoyal Holloway InternationalT: +44 (0)1784 443829F: +44 (0)1784 477640RHI-admissions@rhul.ac.ukwww.rhul.ac.uk/international44


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International Foundation ProgrammeThe International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a full-time 10-monthprogramme for international students who are preparing forundergraduate study in the United Kingdom. This programme issuitable for students who have finished secondary education in theircountry (usually after 12 years of schooling), but who need to developtheir English language skills and academic knowledge of their chosensubjects before embarking upon a first degree in the UK.The International Foundation Programme is offered in 5 streamsand offers progression onto a wide range of undergraduate degreecourses:Stream 1: Business StudiesStream 2: EconomicsStream 3: Social SciencesStream 4: ArtsStream 5: SciencesAt a glanceValidated by Royal Holloway, this programme is available tostudents wishing to move onto undergraduate studies eitherat Royal Holloway or another university in the UK. Studentswho pass the programme with appropriate marks are givenguaranteed progression onto a number of Royal Holloway’sundergraduate degree courses. For a full list of courses, pleasesee our website. Students normally live in a Royal Holloway hallof residence on the main campus.AdmissionsStudents apply directly to Royal Holloway International,specifying the stream they wish to apply for.Entry requirementsCandidates must have a good pass in their school-leavingcertificate and an English language proficiency of:at least IELTS 5.5or TOEFL 71 IBTor equivalentAll students on the International Foundation Programme take threecourses: a core course in Global Perspectives and Academic English,a compulsory academic course, and an elective academic subject.Students also receive appropriate IT skills training and are given smallgrouptutorial support.The core course in Global Perspectives & Academic English has theaim of developing essential academic language and literacy abilitiesby integrating the development of skills within a multi-disciplinarystudy of globalisation. Global Perspectives begins with a five weeksurvey of world history that identifies key events and ideas from theEnlightenment to the present, and then proceeds to critically examine arange of issues related to the broad theme of globalisation. AcademicEnglish classes run in close parallel with the academic content of thecourse, providing timely support for reading, writing and speakingtasks. An Independent Project is a key element of assessment.Further detailsRoyal Holloway InternationalRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443829F: +44 (0)1784 477640RHI-admissions@rhul.ac.ukwww.rhul.ac.uk/InternationalDepending on their chosen stream, students take compulsory andelective academic courses from the following:International Business ManagementMathematics with StatisticsInternational PoliticsUnderstanding SocietyCultural Studies & the ArtsAssessment is based on a combination of course work and writtenexaminations. Students are required to complete a range of assignmentsin the first two terms and take final written exams in May. Studentscompleting the programme are awarded a foundation diploma.46


“During my year I acquired many useful skills for studying in the universitiesin Britain. I now find myself more confident about studying here.”Yoki Uemura, BSc Economics & Management(former Royal Holloway foundation student)


Study abroad and exchangesRoyal Holloway has an international reputation for teaching andresearch, a truly international community on campus, and a longtradition of links with schools, universities and research institutionsthroughout the world. Such links bring many international academicvisitors, both staff and students, to the campus, and they also createopportunities for Royal Holloway students to spend study time abroad.For international students coming to Royal HollowayInternational students can study at the College as:• Erasmus students – eligible undergraduate students from 50 EUinstitutions can spend up to a year at Royal Holloway and receiveacademic credit for this at their home university.• Study Abroad students – students are admitted either througharrangement with partner institutions or through individualapplication to Royal Holloway; tuition fees are charged.• International Exchange students – through approved agreementswith partner institutions, students are admitted to Royal Holloway forup to a year and they receive academic credit at their home universityfor their studies here.These opportunities allow students to develop first-hand knowledge ofBritain that goes beyond the tourist experience. By living in a foreignculture and learning to cope with a different educational system, youbecome more independent and self-confident. Moreover, a stay atRoyal Holloway can improve your command of the global lingua franca,English. Finally, by joining an international community, you can makefriends with people of all nationalities.Visiting students study an extensive range of courses, covering thearts and humanities, social sciences and sciences. These courses areintellectually stimulating, and are taught by highly qualified academicstaff who are leading specialists within their field. Those seeking todevelop their English ability can take the In-sessional English courses orthe popular Background to Modern Britain courses which are designedto develop academic study skills through the study of British society andculture.All our Erasmus, Study Abroad and International Exchange studentsbenefit from the College’s student services, which offer practical helpand pastoral care.For Royal Holloway students going abroadThere are numerous advantages to studying abroad while at RoyalHolloway. You will enhance your overall knowledge and understandingof your subject through engagement with a different set of academicperspectives. A period of study outside the UK will help you developinter-cultural skills which are an invaluable asset in a globalised world.Adding an international dimension to your Royal Holloway degree willalso help improve your future employment prospects as it will enableyou to stand out from the crowd.Studying in Europe through ErasmusErasmus provides opportunities for Royal Holloway students to spenda year at another European university. The time spent abroad is anintegral part of your studies and the work completed counts towardsyour degree. Erasmus mobility grants are available to help towards thecosts of studying in Europe.Erasmus is administered by Royal Holloway International, althoughapplications are made through your main Academic Department. EachDepartment has an Erasmus Advisor and information can be obtainedfrom them. Erasmus agreements currently exist in the followingDepartments for the destinations listed:• Classics – The Netherlands• Drama & Theatre – Ireland• European Studies – France• History – France, Germany, Italy, Spain• Management – France• Mathematics – Spain• Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures• French – Belgium, France, Switzerland• German – Austria, Germany• Hispanic Studies – Spain• Italian – Italy• Music – Denmark, France, Germany, Spain• Physics – Denmark• Psychology – ItalyStudent exchanges outside EuropeAll students in their first or second year of study at Royal Hollowaymay apply to go on an International Exchange to one of our partneruniversities abroad.In some instances the year abroad will add an additional year to yourdegree programme, but often it can be taken as an ‘integral’ year whichdoes not extend the length of your degree.If participation adds an additional year to your degree studies, you arecurrently not required to pay any tuition fees to Royal Holloway whileabroad. However, if the exchange forms an integral part of your degreeand does not extend the length of your studies, you will be required topay tuition fees.Further advice on additional and integral exchange placements, as wellas other useful information about taking part in student exchanges,is provided at the Study Abroad Fair which is held on-campus in theAutumn Term each year.Exchange students act as ambassadors for Royal Holloway and we lookfor students who are academically able and culturally adaptable, andwho will derive maximum benefit from a year abroad. Therefore, acompetitive selection process operates for the exchange programme.Studying abroad as a required part of your degreeRoyal Holloway students taking Single Honours, Major or Joint degreesin French, German, Italian, Hispanic Studies and European Studiesnormally spend a year abroad as an integral part of their four-yearprogrammes. The year can be spent in employment, usually as alanguage assistant at a school, or at a university or business school.Students combining two languages sometimes split this year betweentwo countries. For further information, please consult the School ofModern Languages, Literatures and Cultures pages (94–99).Other degree programmes which incorporate a year abroad as a formalrequirement include: MSci Geoscience with a year of International Study,International Theatre (Australia) and History with an International Year.48


Royal Holloway student exchanges providea wonderful opportunity to spend a year inanother country and to study at one of ourmany partner institutions worldwide.The extensive exchange links at Royal Holloway offer excellentopportunities, whether you are considering participating as a visitingstudent to Royal Holloway or as a Royal Holloway student going abroad.For more information please visit: www.rhul.ac.uk/international“If I were to go back and do it again, there is very little I would havedone differently. I would strongly recommend the InternationalExchange Programme to anyone looking to broaden their academichorizons, experience another culture and who wants to grow anddevelop in their academic studies and their character. ”Sam Barrett, MSci Geoscience with a Year ofInternational Study, University of Sydney, 2009–10.“My classes were fantastic. I took classes in both Drama and psychologyand they were taught by enthusiastic teachers who made the materialthought provoking and relevant. It was my first time taking Psychologyand because of my positive experience I will continue to study it andlook forward to using the knowledge and skills that I gained.”Jessica Cymerman, Study Abroad student atRoyal Holloway, 2009–10“If asked would I recommend this to anyone else, I would not hesitate asecond in saying YES! I’ve changed for the better for having been there(Boston College) and I know others will too. ”Philippa Dixon, BA Politics and International Relations,Boston College, 2009–10.At the time of publication, exchanges exist withthe following universities:Australia• Flinders University, Adelaide• University of Melbourne• University of Queensland, Brisbane• University of Sydney• University of Western Australia, PerthCanada• University of Alberta, Edmonton• Concordia University• University of Ottawa• University of TorontoHong KongThe University of Hong KongJapan• Keio University, Tokyo• Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto• Waseda University, TokyoKorea• Korea UniversityNew Zealand• Victoria University of WellingtonSingapore• National University of SingaporeUnited States• Arizona State University• Boston College• University of Florida• University of Massachusetts, Amherst• Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts• New York University• Tulane University, New Orleans• Washington College49


Distance learningUNIVERSITYOF LONDONINTERNATIONALPROGRAMMESDistance learning with the University of LondonEstablished in 1858, the University of London’s International Programmeis the world’s first distance learning system. The InternationalProgramme provides undergraduate and postgraduate degree coursesin over 80 disciplines in more than 180 countries. Typically, for eachdegree programme, one of the colleges of the University of Londontakes the lead role in designing and delivering a given external course.There are many benefits to taking a distance learning programme:• the degree structures allow you to learn at your own pace from home• the online study materials have been specifically designed for ease ofdistance learning• in most cases, registration, tuition and examination fees are lowerthan campus-based charges• assessment and standards are set at the same level as residentialdegrees and you will receive the same award as residential students,so you can be confident in the quality of your qualification• written examinations can usually be taken at local centres closeto you• the final award is a degree from the University of LondonRoyal Holloway plays a key role in delivering the University of London’sInternational Programme courses in a number of disciplines.Innovative and flexible e-learning undergraduate programmes areoffered in:• BA History• BSc Business AdministrationWe also deliver flexible e-learning postgraduate programmes in:• MSc Petroleum Geosciences• MSc Information Security• MBA International Management• MSc International Management• MSc International BusinessPlease refer to the website for details of these and other e-learningprogrammes.Extensive guidance is offered to students through written materials,which provide both general advice on studying for those degreesand detailed discussions relating to each component in the degreeprogrammes.The online, flexible, distance learning programmes are delivered using amix of online and traditional materials, with annual exams at Universityof London International Programme’s worldwide network of examcentres.Royal Holloway’s e-degrees are one of the fruits of a five-yearCollege Strategy to develop a hybrid campus with highest-qualitylearning support for local and remote delivery of teaching. Dozens ofRoyal Holloway’s internal degree courses – including poetry, humangeography and history – incorporate online learning resources.To support our distance learning programme, Royal Holloway providespedagogic, administrative and online developmental support to thecontributing academics ensuring the integration of relevant webbasedlearning tools into course content including moderated onlinediscussions, online quizzes and animations.Further detailsThe Information Centre,University of LondonStewart House, 32 Russell SquareLondon WC1E 7HUenquiries@london.ac.ukwww.londoninternational.ac.ukT: +44 (0)20 7862 8360T: +44 (0)20 7862 8361T: +44 (0)20 7862 8362F: +44 (0)20 7862 835850


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Course finderCourse Degree UCAS Pagecode noCourse Degree UCAS Pagecode noAAncient History BA V110 68Ancient History & Philosophy BA VV15 68, 102Ancient History with Philosophy BA V1V5 68, 102Applied Physics MSci F313 104Astrophysics BSc F511 104Astrophysics MSci F510 104BBiochemistry BSc C700 62Biology BSc C100 64Biology with Psychology BSc C1C8 64, 108Biomedical Sciences BSc B990 66CClassical Studies BA Q810 68Classical Studies & Drama BA QW84 68, 74Classical Studies & Italian BA QR73 68, 99Classical Studies & Philosophy BA QV8M 68, 102Classical Studies with Philosophy BA Q9V5 68, 102Classics BA Q800 68Classics & Philosophy BA QV85 68, 102Classics with Philosophy BA Q8V5 68, 102Comparative Literature & Culture BA Q200 94Comparative Literature & Culture& English BA QQ23 94Comparative Literature & Culture& French BA QR21 94, 96Comparative Literature & Culture& German BA QR22 94, 97Comparative Literature & Culture& Italian BA QR23 94, 99Comparative Literature & Culture& Philosophy BA QV25 94, 102Comparative Literature & Culture& Spanish BA QR24 94, 98Comparative Literature & Culturewith Film Studies BA Q2P3 94Comparative Literature & Culturewith Philosophy BA Q2V5 94, 102Computer Science BSc G400 70Computer Science & Mathematics BSc GG41 70, 90Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) BSc G4G7 70Computer Science (Year in Industry) BSc G402 70Computer Science with Management BSc G4N2 70, 88Computing & Business BSc GN41 70, 88Criminology & Sociology BSc LM39 72DDrama & Creative Writing BA WW48 74Drama & German BA WR42 74, 97Drama & Italian BA WR43 74, 99Drama & Music BA WW43 74, 100Drama & Philosophy BA WV45 74Drama & Theatre Studies BA W440 74Drama with Philosophy BA W4V5 74, 102EEcology & Environment BSc C150 64Economics BSc L101 78Economics & Management BSc LN12 78, 88Economics & Mathematics BSc LG11 78, 90Economics, Politics &International Relations BSc LL12 78Economics with French BSc L1R1 78, 96Economics with German BSc L1R2 78, 97Economics with Italian BSc L1R3 78, 99Economics with Music BSc L1W3 78, 100Economics with Political Studies BSc L1L2 78, 107Economics with Spanish BSc L1R4 78, 98English BA Q300 80English & Classical Studies BA QQ38 68, 80English & Creative Writing BA QW38 80English & Drama BA QW34 74, 80English & French BA QR31 80, 96English & German BA QR32 80, 97English & Italian BA QR33 80, 99English & Latin BA QQ36 68, 80English & Philosophy BA QV35 80, 102English & Spanish BA QR34 80, 98English with Philosophy BA Q3V5 80Environmental Geology BSc F630 76Environmental Geologywith a Year in Industry BSc F690 76Environmental Geoscience MSci F631 76Environmental Geosciencewith a Year in Industry MSci F644 76European Studies (French) BA R100 82European Studies (German) BA R200 8252


Course Degree UCAS Pagecode noCourse Degree UCAS Pagecode noEuropean Studies (Italian) BA R300 82European Studies (Spanish) BA R401 82FFilm & Television Studies BA W620 92Film & Television Studieswith Philosophy BA W6V5 92, 102Finance & Mathematics BSc NG31 78, 90Financial & Business Economics BSc L111 78French (4 years) BA R120 96French & Classical Studies BA RQ18 68, 96French & Drama BA RW14 74, 96French & German BA RR12 96, 97French & Greek BA RQ17 68, 96French & History BA RV11 86, 96French & Italian BA RR13 96, 99French & Latin BA RQ16 68, 96French & Management BA RN12 88, 96French & Music BA RW13 96, 100French & Philosophy BA RV15 96, 102French & Spanish BA RR14 96, 98French with Film Studies BA R1P3 94, 96French with German BA R1R2 96, 97French with International Relations BA R1LF 94, 96, 107French with Italian BA R1R3 96, 99French with Mathematics BA R1G1 90, 96French with Music BA R1W3 96, 100French with Philosophy BA R1V5 94, 96, 102French with Political Studies BA R1L2 96, 107French with Spanish BA R1R4 96, 98GGeography BA L700 84Geography BSc F800 84Geography, Politics& International Relations BA FL82 84, 107Geology BSc F600 76Geology with a Year in Industry BSc F603 76Geoscience MSci F601 76Geoscience with a Year ofInternational Study MSci F602 76Geoscience with a Year in Industry MSci F642 76German BA R220 97German & Classical Studies BA RQ28 68, 97German & Greek BA RQ27 68, 97German & History BA RV21 86, 97German & Italian BA RR23 97, 99German & Latin BA RQ26 68, 97German & Management BA RN22 88, 97German & Music BA RW23 97, 100German & Philosophy BA RV25 97, 102German & Spanish BA RR24 97, 98German with Film Studies BA R2P3 94, 97German with French BA R2R1 96, 97German with History BA R2V1 86, 97German with International Relations BA R2LF 94, 97, 107German with Italian BA R2R3 97, 99German with Mathematics BA R2G1 90, 97German with Music BA R2W3 97, 100German with Philosophy BA R2V5 94, 97, 102German with Political Studies BA R2L2 97, 107German with Spanish BA R2R4 97, 98Greek BA Q700 68Greek & Italian BA QR7H 68, 99HHistory BA V100 86History & International Relations BA VL12 86, 107History & Music BA VW13 86, 100History & Spanish BA VR14 86, 98History with an International Year BA V101 86History with Spanish BA V1R4 86, 98Human Geography BA L701 84IInternational Theatre (Australia) BA W423 74Italian BA R310 99Italian & Latin BA RQ36 68, 99Italian & Management BA RN32 88, 99Italian & Music BA RW33 99, 100Italian & Philosophy BA RV35 99, 102Italian & Spanish BA RR34 98, 99Italian with Film Studies BA R3P3 94, 99Italian with French BA R3R1 96, 99Italian with German BA R3R2 97, 99Italian with International Relations BA R3LF 94, 99, 107Italian with Mathematics BA R3G1 90, 99Italian with Music BA R3W3 99, 10053


Course finderCourse Degree UCAS Pagecode noCourse Degree UCAS Pagecode noItalian with Philosophy BA R3V5 94, 99,102Italian with Political Studies BA R3L2 99, 107Italian with Spanish BA R3R4 98, 99LLatin BA Q600 68MManagement BSc N200 88Management & Spanish BA NR24 88, 98Management with Accounting BSc N2N4 88Management with Human Resources BSc N2N6 88Management with Information Technology BSc N2G5 88Management with International Business BSc N2N7 88Management with Marketing BSc N2N5 88Mathematics MSci G103 90Mathematics BSc G100 90Mathematics & Management BSc GN12 88, 90Mathematics & Music BA GW13 90, 100Mathematics & Physics MSci GFC3 90, 104Mathematics & Physics BSc GF13 90, 104Mathematics & Psychology BSc GC18 90, 108Mathematics with French BSc G1R1 90, 96Mathematics with German BSc G1R2 90, 97Mathematics with Italian BSc G1R3 90, 99Mathematics with Management BSc G1N2 88, 90Mathematics with Philosophy BSc G1V5 90, 102Mathematics with Spanish BSc G1R4 90, 98Mathematics with Statistics BSc G1G3 90Media Arts BA W625 92Medical Biochemistry BSc C741 62Modern History & Politics BA V136 86Molecular Biology BSc C701 62Multilingual Studies BA R991 94Multilingual Studies withInternational Relations BA Q1L2 94, 107Music BMus W302 100Music & Philosophy BA WV35 100, 102Music with French BA W3R1 96, 100Music with German BA W3R2 97, 100Music with Italian BA W3R3 99, 100Music with Philosophy BA W3V5 100, 102Music with Political Studies BA W3L2 100, 107Music with Psychology BA W3C8 100, 108Music with Spanish BA W3R4 98, 100PPetroleum Geology BSc F620 76Petroleum Geoscience MSci F622 76Philosophy & Spanish BA RV45 98, 102Philosophy, Politics &International Relations BA LV25 102, 107Physical Geography BSc F840 84Physical Geography & Geology BSc FF68 76, 84Physics BSc F300 104Physics MSci F303 104Physics with Music BSc F3W3 104Physics with Particle Physics BSc F370 104Physics with Particle Physics MSci F372 104Physics with Philosophy BSc F3V5 102, 104Politics BA L200 107Politics & International Relations BA L290 107Politics with Philosophy BA L2V5 102, 107Psychology BSc C800 108SScience Foundation Year 110Spanish BA R400 98Spanish with Film Studies BA R4P3 94, 98Spanish with French BA R4R1 96, 98Spanish with German BA R4R2 97, 98Spanish with History BA R4V1 86, 98Spanish with International Relations BA R4L2 94, 98, 107Spanish with Italian BA R4R3 98, 99Spanish with Music BA R4W3 98, 100Spanish with Philosophy BA R4V5 94, 98, 102TTheoretical Physics BSc F340 105Theoretical Physics MSci F321 105ZZoology BSc C300 64* Subject to validationCorrect at time of publication54


Faculty of ArtsThe Faculty of Arts contains a unique combination ofcreative arts and humanities disciplines. Our impressiverange of academic resources, stimulating research,cultural opportunities and links with creative industriesprovides a dynamic platform for developing thetalents of a vibrant community of staff and studentsfrom across the world.DepartmentsClassics & PhilosophyDrama & TheatreEnglishEuropean Studies*Media ArtsModern Languages,Literatures & CulturesFrenchGermanHispanic StudiesItalianMusic*Interdisciplinary development betweenArts and History & Social Sciences56


Why study Arts at Royal Holloway?• All of our departments have received consistentlyhigh ratings in peer reviews of quality in bothteaching and research.• A high proportion of our staff can boast a strongrecord of successful professional work in writing,composition, translation, production, performanceor editing.• Our campus possesses one of the best arts andhumanities libraries in the London area and ourstudents are also able to use the many studyresources offered within London itself.• The easy access to performances, concerts, museumsand exhibitions in London enriches teaching andresearch at all levels.• Music, drama and media events are all significantfeatures of College life. We regularly host visitingperformers, and encourage all students to participatein a wide variety of arts initiatives, with dedicatedperformance facilities on campus.• Our award-winning International Building providesa cosmopolitan centre of excellence for languageand cultural study. Departments have establishedacademic and collaborative links with institutionsaround the world.• We offer a range of interdisciplinary programmes,especially with the Faculty of History & Social Sciences.57


Faculty of History & Social SciencesThe dynamic fusion of history and social sciencesprovides an influential platform for first-class research,teaching and consultancy. Our ethos is built aroundour commitment to furthering knowledge, stimulatedby original research and effective collaborations withlocal and international businesses, governments andpublic services. We aim to provide an understandingof the modern world and equip students with theskills necessary to succeed in the careers of the future.DepartmentsCentre for Criminology & SociologyEconomicsEuropean Studies*Health & Social CareHistoryManagementPolitics & International Relations*Interdisciplinary development betweenArts and History & Social Sciences58


Why study History and Social Sciencesat Royal Holloway?• All our departments have received consistently highratings in teaching and research assessment exercisesand share a belief in the pursuit of excellence.• Our intellectually challenging and diverseprogrammes of study at undergraduateand postgraduate level are taught by leadingresearchers in their fields.• Our departments benefit from national andinternational collaborations with other institutions,public and private sector enterprises.• The flexible range of Single and Joint Honoursdegrees brings together traditional concernsand cutting-edge contemporary analysis throughthe study of global markets, politics, social historyand culture.• Our students have access to unparalled libraryresources at Royal Holloway and in central London.• We offer a range of interdisciplinary programmeswith the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science.59


Why study Science at Royal Holloway?• The Faculty of Science carries out research andteaching in biological, physical and earth sciences,mathematics, computer science and psychology.• On the basis of world-leading and internationallyexcellent research (4* and 3* standard) four of thedepartments in the Faculty of Science achieved topten rankings for their discipline across all universitiesin the UK in the latest Research AssessmentExercise. The RAE 2008 results across the Faculty areimpressive, reflecting the excellence of our researchand this provides a very strong base for furtherresearch growth.• In all areas of our research we aim to advanceknowledge and its application to improve thequality of life. We believe that a dynamic researchenvironment is essential in maintaining academicexcellence at all levels.• Our teaching across Science subjects is about75 percent at undergraduate level and 25 percentat postgraduate level.• We ensure students have access to modern facilitiesand cutting-edge technology. In addition to wellequippedlaboratories, the College has a number ofwell-stocked libraries and one of the highest ratios ofcomputers to students of any UK university.• We offer interdisciplinary programmes especiallywith the Faculty of History & Social Sciences.61


BiochemistryFaculty of Sciencewww.rhul.ac.uk/Biological-Sciences/What are Biochemistry and Molecular Biology?Biochemistry is the study of the molecular and chemical basis of alllife processes and is at the forefront of scientific discovery. MolecularBiology focuses on the genetic blueprints of organisms, and theirimpact on such diverse areas as development, behaviour and diseaseprocesses. Remarkable developments in research, such as unravellingthe human genome, provide the background to our degree programmein Molecular Biology, one of the fastest moving and most excitingsubjects in Biological Sciences.Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Royal HollowayOur degrees are taught by expert staff of international-renown whoseresearch interests range from human molecular genetics, throughmechanisms of cell death in brain disease to improving food quality inthe human diet. We are particularly proud of the fact that in the mostrecent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), we wereranked 6th in the UK and top in the University of London. Combinedwith teaching of the highest quality, this enables us to offer a rangeof exciting degree programmes, taught in an exceptionally friendlyand supportive environment. In addition, experts from the VeterinaryLaboratory Agency and the world-renowned London UniversityInstitutes of Neurology and Child Health contribute specialist teaching.General course informationWe teach a broad range of courses within a modern curriculum. Eachdegree programme involves a combination of some compulsory andmany optional courses. The programmes are flexible and it is possibleto change your degree registration up to the end of the first year.First year courses provide a core background in a wide range of topicsincluding biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, microbiologyand chemistry. Second and third year courses reflect staff researchinterests and include gene therapy, microbiology, proteomics, themolecular basis of disease, neuroscience, endocrinology, bioinformaticsand plant biochemistry. You can also study courses in Biology (see page64) or Biomedical Sciences (see page 66), to add a unique ‘flavour’ toyour degree. Full details on all our courses are carried in the School ofBiological Sciences brochure, available from the Admissions Tutor.FacilitiesThe laboratories have recently been refurbished and over £16 millioninvested in state-of-the-art equipment for mass spectrometry,bioinformatics, protein and gene sequencing. There are also first-classmicroscopy facilities for studying the detailed structures of living cells,analysis of cellular components and characterising disease states at thecellular level.Placements and other study opportunitiesThere is the potential for summer placements in industrial or researchinstitute laboratories, such as those of the nearby Veterinary LaboratoryAgency or CABI Bioscience. There are also opportunities to spend a yearstudying in another university abroadAll final year students complete a research project, usually in thelaboratory of their supervisor. You will interact with their research teamand gain practical experience of modern biochemical and molecularbiological research. Alternatively, you may conduct your project in alocal industrial or research institute laboratory.62


“I was first attracted to the School of Biological Sciences by itswarm and friendly atmosphere. It is a close-knit community wherelecturers will go beyond the call of duty to provide teaching andsupport of the highest calibre to students. The relatively small size ofthe School allows for a greater level of lecturer-student interactionwhich means students can gain a fuller understanding of topics.”Mahalia Page, BSc Molecular BiologyTeaching and assessmentTeaching follows the University of London course unit system and eachyear you study four course units (usually taken as eight half unit optionsafter the first year), with exams in May. Practical work is an exciting andessential component of the subject and in the first and second yearsyou complete a wide range of laboratory experiments leading on to thefinal year project. Transferable skills are taught throughout the courseand particularly in small group tutorials.Most courses are assessed by a combination of written examination andcontinuous assessment of assignments such as laboratory reports andessays. There are no practical exams.CareersEmployment prospects for our students are excellent. A survey of ourrecent graduates shows that within six months of graduating, less thanthree percent were unemployed. Many went on to higher degreesor careers in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and crop improvementindustries, veterinary and human medical research, forensic science andenvironmental monitoring. Some entered Medical School, while otherswent into non-scientific careers.At a glanceDegree programmesC700 BiochemistryC741 Medical BiochemistryC701 Molecular BiologyNumber of placesExpected intake 2012: 30Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 320 pointsA-level: ABB (including A2 Biology and Chemistry;for the Molecular Biology degree we require A2 Biologyand at least a grade B in AS Chemistry)BTEC National Diploma: Distinction overall, but must beaccompanied by at least one A-level.International Baccalaureate: 34 pointsFor international students:IELTS score: 6.5 overallAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsThe Admissions TutorSchool of Biological SciencesRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 414387F: +44 (0)1784 414224biosci.ugadmissions@rhul.ac.uk63


BiologyFaculty of Sciencewww.rhul.ac.uk/Biological-Sciences/What is Biology?Biology is the science of life; understanding the structure andcomplexity of the natural world around us is central to the maintenanceof life on this planet. A vibrant and fast-moving subject, it addressesall aspects of life on Earth, from the cellular to the whole-organismlevel. It considers the ecological and physiological interactions betweenorganisms and scales these up to include studies of populations,communities and ecosystems.Biology at Royal HollowayThe latest Research Assessment Exercise (December 2008) ‘leaguetable’ places us in 6th position nationally and as the top departmentin London. Coupled with our maximum score for teaching quality, thismeans that a degree here will give you access to the highest qualityteaching and research on offer. Add to this the fact that we are oftendescribed as the ‘friendliest Biological Science Department in London’,together with our beautiful ‘green’ campus, there is nowhere better tostudy for a degree in Biology, Zoology or Ecology. We offer teaching ofthe highest quality, by enthusiastic staff in an exceptionally supportiveenvironment.General course informationOur course structure is extremely flexible; all students study a commonset of first year courses, meaning that you can change the registrationof your degree (from, for example, Biology to Zoology) at any time up tothe start of your second year. We teach a broad range of courses withina modern curriculum, with second and third year courses reflectingstaff research interests in topics such as animal behaviour, conservation,marine biology, applied ecology, cell biology and physiology. You cancombine these with some of our Biochemistry and Molecular Biologycourses too (see page 62). You will be able to participate in worldleadingresearch in areas such as behavioural ecology, biodiversityconservation, soil biodiversity, marine ecology, mammal ecology,molecular ecology, evolutionary biology, and cell biology. Full details onall our courses are carried in the School of Biological Sciences brochure,available from the Admissions Tutor.FacilitiesWe have recently spent over £16 million on laboratory equipment andinfrastructure. Combined with state-of-the-art imaging and microscopyequipment, freshwater and marine aquaria and controlled environmentrooms, we offer excellent facilities for study. In addition, we arefortunate to possess fieldwork facilities on campus, providing a perfectlearning environment for the study of whole-organism biology.Field trips and other study opportunitiesThere are opportunities for field work in all three years of your degree,including marine courses in Scotland. All students perform a final yearresearch project and projects featuring extensive fieldwork, some takingplace overseas, are offered every year. Some examples include butterflydiversity in Honduras, starfish ecology in Indonesia and Eucalyptusbiofuel production in China. All of these were arranged through staffresearch contacts. If you would like to spend a year abroad, we havelinks with universities in the USA, Australia and Canada.64


“The research within the School is exceptional and this becomes apparentwhen you undertake your third year project. My project provided me withthe opportunity to carry out my own research with an enthusiastic lecturerat the forefront of his field, which gave me a real taste of what it’s like towork in research. Lectures generally occur in small classes, meaning thatstudents benefit from more personalised teaching. Now, after finishingmy degree, I feel that Royal Holloway has more than exceeded myexpectations and I plan to embark on a PhD here next year.”Emily Throgmorton, BSc BiologyTeaching and assessmentWe use the University of London’s course unit system. In year one,you study four whole units, while in years two and three you studyeight half course units per year. Some of these are prescribed foreach degree, but after year one, most are optional, enabling you tocustomise your degree to suit your interests. Most courses consist oflectures and fieldwork or laboratory practicals and all have elementsof private study. Extensive feedback is a feature of our degrees, bothwithin courses and in small group tutorials, where we teach a range oftransferable skills. Most courses are examined by a theory paper andcoursework file, but some are by report only and there are no practicalexams.CareersOn average, over the last five years, our graduate employment rate hasbeen one of the best in the country. About a third of our graduates goon to higher degrees (PhD and MSc) in the Life Sciences while othershave entered a very wide range of careers, including industry, researchinstitutes, consultancy, scientific administration, practical conservation,Environment Agency and the Civil Service.At a glanceDegree programmesC100 BiologyC150 Ecology & EnvironmentC300 ZoologyBiology as a Major subjectC1C8 Biology with PsychologyNumber of placesExpected intake in 2012: 70Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 320 pointsA-level: ABB (including Biology)BTEC National Diploma: Distinction overall, but must beaccompanied by A-level Biology.International Baccalaureate: 34 pointsFor international students:IELTS score: 6.5 overallAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsThe Admissions TutorSchool of Biological SciencesRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 414387F: +44 (0)1784 414224biosci.ugadmissions@rhul.ac.uk65


Biomedical SciencesFaculty of Sciencewww.rhul.ac.uk/Biological-Sciences/What are Biomedical Sciences?Important advances in our ability to treat illness, and thus improve thequality of life for people the world over, increasingly rely on a deepunderstanding of the biological basis underlying disease. Whether weare concerned with cancer, psychiatric disorders, infections, or a myriadof other afflictions, research into the molecular mechanisms underlyingnormal and abnormal biology is shedding new light on excitingtherapeutic opportunities. It is these fast-moving areas of modernscientific investigation that form the basis of our BSc in BiomedicalSciences.Biomedical Sciences at Royal HollowayThe Department has recently been recognised as the best in Londonand 6th in the UK by the Research Assessment Exercise (December2008). Our research is addressing such varied problems as musculardystrophy, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, vaccinedevelopment, protozoan infections spina bifida and neuronal function,using a variety of molecular and gene therapeutic approaches. Our highquality teaching will give you a thorough grounding in core disciplinesin year one. You can then study specific areas of Biomedical Sciencesin more detail. The South West London Academic Network (SWan,www.swlacademicnetwork.ac.uk), a unique alliance between RoyalHolloway, University of London, St George’s, University of London andKingston University, means that you will have the opportunity to studyan extensive choice of course units in your final year, from any of thethree institutions. Ultimately, you will become involved in novel researchin one of our laboratories for your final year project, and gain first-handinsight into life in biomedical research.General course informationWe have chosen not to seek accreditation from the Institute ofBiomedical Sciences (IBMS) for our Biomedical Sciences degree.Accredited courses focus on specialist training and aim to equipstudents for specific careers in laboratories within or that serve theNHS. The Biomedical Sciences degree at Royal Holloway concentratesmore on the research aspects that underpin medical science, therebyproviding our graduates with a wider array of potential career choices.If you wish, you can apply for personal membership of the IBMS andyou should contact the IBMS for details of this procedure before orduring the early stages of your degree course.Our first year courses provide a core background in a wide range oftopics, including biochemistry, physiology, molecular biology, cellbiology, microbiology and chemistry. In the second, and particularly inthe final year, you focus on specialist courses such as pharmacology,clinical diagnosis and molecular basis of disease, endocrinology,immunology, clinical neuroscience and human physiology. Full details onall our courses are carried in the School of Biological Sciences brochure,available from the Admissions Tutor.FacilitiesThe biomedical research laboratories have recently been refurbishedand benefit from state-of-the-art equipment for studying the molecularbasis of disease, such as highly sensitive protein sequencing equipmentfor identification of novel proteins involved in disease processes. TheSchool also houses excellent imaging facilities including two confocallaser scanning microscopes, able to obtain 3D images of the internalstructures of living cells and tissues. These are used, for example, forstudying neurones damaged by epileptic seizures.66


“I decided to study Biomedical Sciences at Royal Holloway because thiscourse offered such a broad range of topics to study. This was idealfor me as I wasn’t sure which area of science I wanted to specialise in. Ifound the course intellectually stimulating and the modules offered arevery interesting. A lot of the degree is devoted to practical work. I foundthis very useful and helpful as I could put into practice what I had learntduring my lectures. I would definitely recommend this course to anyprospective student.”Hema Sarna, BSc Biomedical SciencesPlacements and other study opportunitiesThere is the potential for you to enhance your studies through summerplacements in clinical or industrial laboratories. All students benefit frominteraction in small groups with clinical staff from local hospitals. Allfinal year students carry out a biomedical research project, usually in thelaboratory of their supervisor. The topic can vary from gene therapy ofmuscular dystrophy or cardiovascular disease to novel pharmacologicalor vaccine-based approaches to treatment of Alzheimer’s and a rangeof viral and parasitic infections like HIV and giardiasis. You will interactwith the supervisor’s research team and gain practical experience ofmodern biomedical science.Teaching and assessmentTeaching follows the University of London course unit system and eachyear you study four course units (usually taken as eight half unit optionsafter the first year), with exams in May. Practical work is an exciting andessential component of the subject and in the first and second yearsyou complete a wide range of laboratory experiments leading on to thefinal year project. Transferable skills are taught throughout the courseand particularly in small group tutorials. Most courses are assessed by acombination of written examination and coursework assignments suchas laboratory reports and essays. As part of your final year assessmentyou will give a case study presentation. There are no practical exams.CareersIf you are motivated to pursue a career in medicine or biomedicalresearch, either in a clinical, academic or a commercial environment,a degree in Biomedical Sciences from Royal Holloway will give youan excellent grounding for your further development. Graduate entryinto a medical degree course may be possible, such as with our SWanpartner institution St George’s who will consider applications fromthe best Biomedical Science graduates for admission to its MBBSprogramme. Furthermore, a background in Biomedical Scienceswill provide a stepping stone to careers in areas such as forensicmedicine, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, clinical trials coordination orbiomedical product marketing.At a glanceDegree programmesB990 Biomedical SciencesNumber of placesExpected intake 2012: 70Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 320 pointsA-level: ABB (including Biology and Chemistry at A2 level)BTEC National Diploma: Distinction overall, but must beaccompanied by at least one A-level.International Baccalaureate: 34 pointsFor international students: IELTS score: 6.5 overallAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsThe Admissions TutorSchool of Biological SciencesRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 414387F: +44 (0)1784 414224biosci.ugadmissions@rhul.ac.uk67


ClassicsFaculty of Artswww.rhul.ac.uk/classicsandphilosophy/What is Classics?Classics includes many subjects that interrelate in many ways: Greekand Latin literature, language, history, philosophy and archaeology.Much of our world today is deeply influenced by what the Greeks andRomans thought and did. Classical degrees expose you to new ideas,as you question a wide range of evidence in its ancient context, andequip you with many skills and a broader appreciation of two importantancient cultures.Classics at Royal HollowayThe Department is a centre of excellence for both teaching andresearch in the University of London. The Department has a vibrantresearch culture and members of staff are conducting cutting-edgeresearch. In the last Research Assessment Exercise, 80 percent of oursubmission was recognised internationally for its originality, significanceand rigour, while a significant proportion of this was considered worldleadingor internationally excellent. It is this quality of research thatinforms our teaching.We offer a range of exciting degree programmes with a wide variety ofcourse units that cater for all interests at all levels. As well as a range ofJoint Honours programmes, we offer a Minor in Philosophy introducingstudents to some of the key questions in Western Philosophy andexploring the relationship between philosophical thought andhistorical context.No previous experience of classical study, either language or cultureis necessary, just an enthusiasm to learn. Our students find usstimulating, efficient and supportive and they have a good record ofsecuring interesting employment, having developed their potential inmany areas.General course informationOur degrees cater for many interests and are also available on apart-time basis. Classics, Greek and Latin are intended for studentswho enjoy the original languages; Ancient History and ClassicalStudies are especially suitable for those more interested in historical,philosophical and literary topics without the ancient language.Ancient History and Classical Studies do not require any priorclassical study. Our first year courses are specially designed tointroduce students to a range of evidence in different fields tohelp you choose which subjects to pursue in second and thirdyears. Options include innovative courses such as Greek Law andLawcourts, Logic and Rhetoric, The Built Environment and Womenin Classical Antiquity.Joint degrees develop the overlaps between subjects more closely,with half of your degree in each department. The degrees ‘withPhilosophy’ require you to devote a quarter of your degree to theCollege’s Minor programme in Philosophy.FacilitiesStudents have access to two libraries on campus, to the SenateHouse library in central London and to the world-renownedInstitute of Classical Studies Library. Several courses includevisits to the world-famous collections of the British Museumand the Museum of London.68


“The reputation of the Department was the deciding factor whenchoosing my university. The range of exciting courses was appealing.There’s a relaxed atmosphere; it’s challenging, friendly and offers manyopportunities for socialising. I’ve enjoyed the student-run ClassicsSociety. With Royal Holloway you get the benefit of the campuscommunity lifestyle, with the bonus of it being a college of theUniversity of London, close to the academic and social attractions.”James Garlick, BA ClassicsField tripsThe Department runs its own archaeological fieldwork project nearRome at Castelporziano. Students who take the final year optionsCity of Rome or Athens and Attica visit Rome or Athens as part of thecourse. Trips to Greece or Italy are organised by the student ClassicsSociety annually, are open to all and are accompanied by academicstaff who are experts in the field. We are also involved in overseasuniversity exchange programmes such as Erasmus, the Europeancredit transfer system.Teaching and assessmentTeaching is organised through a mixture of lectures, seminars, languageclasses and individual tutorials, depending on the subject. Mostteaching takes place in and around the Department. Seminars developstudents’ self-confidence through oral presentations.Most of our courses are assessed by a combination of coursework andwritten examinations. Finalists on Single Honours programmes write a10,000 word dissertation on a topic chosen with their supervisor.CareersOur degrees equip you with a variety of skills, such as: an eye fordetail, critical examination of evidence in context, oral and writtencommunication. This makes our graduates very attractive to employers.In the last survey only five percent of our Department’s graduates wereunemployed six months after graduation. Professions included overseasdevelopment, computing, television, teaching, law, banking, nursing,retail management and many others. Our degrees also prepare studentswell for postgraduate study. In that same survey 15 percent went on tofurther study, 10 percent in Classics-related disciplines.At a glanceDegree programmesV110 Ancient HistoryQ810 Classical StudiesQ800 ClassicsQ700 GreekQ600 LatinClassics as a Major subjectV1V5 Ancient History with PhilosophyQ9V5 Classical Studies with PhilosophyQ8V5 Classics with PhilosophyJoint degreesQW84 Classical Studies & DramaQR73 Classical Studies & ItalianQQ38 English & Classical StudiesQQ36 English & LatinRQ18 French & Classical StudiesRQ17 French & GreekRQ16 French & LatinRQ28 German & Classical StudiesRQ27 German & GreekRQ26 German & LatinQR7H Greek & ItalianRQ36 Italian & LatinQV8M Classical Studies & PhilosophyQV85 Classics & PhilosophyVV15 Ancient History & PhilosophyIndividual Classics courses are available within the EuropeanStudies Programme (R100, R200, R300, R401)It may be possible to take up to two units of Classics courses aspart of a degree taught mainly within another departmentNumber of placesExpected intake 2012: 85Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 320 pointsA-level: ABB (Degrees in Classics, Greek or Latin require B orabove in Greek and/or Latin)International Baccalaureate: 34 pointsFor international students:IELTS score: 6.5 overall with 7 in writingAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsDr Nick LoweAdmissions TutorDepartment of Classics & PhilosophyRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443210F: +44 (0)1784 276435n.lowe@rhul.ac.uk69


Computer ScienceFaculty of Sciencewww.rhul.ac.uk/Computer Science/Studying Computer Science at universityComputers, the internet, the web and other digital technologiescontinue to transform the economy, the world of finance and manyother aspects of society. This digital revolution is accelerating andwill play a key role in shaping the future. Computer scientists are atthe centre of this transformation. If you would like to drive futuredevelopments, a degree in Computer Science provides the necessaryknowledge and practical experience to help you achieve your ambitions.Computer Science at Royal HollowayRoyal Holloway is one of the top University of London colleges forComputer Science, ranked equal 2nd in the UK (joint 1st in England) forComputer Science departments in the 2008 National Student Survey. Inresearch, too, the department is highly rated – the most recent ResearchAssessment Exercise confirms our international reputation for researchin machine learning, algorithmics, discrete optimization and constraintsatisfaction, graph theory, bioinformatics, computational finance,distributed architectures, and signal and vision processing.Our degree programmes offer you the chance to study core topics suchas web and internet technology, computer programming, theoreticalcomputer science, advanced courses in our research areas, as well ascourses in games technology, digital sound and music and other fieldsthat are making up today’s digital world.We are a friendly department, committed to research and teaching,and looking for bright, enthusiastic students.General course informationStudents may take Single Honours Computer Science over three years(G400) or over four years including a year in industry (G402),or combine Computer Science with another subject.The first year covers a broad range of topics such as the internet andthe web, databases, computer engineering and the theory of computerlanguages. Students will also learn to program using the programminglanguage Java, an industry standard. In the second year, a softwaredevelopment project is a major feature, where students work in smallgroups, applying object-oriented design techniques to build a largesystem and focus on teamwork and managerial discipline. Students willalso choose courses from such fields as computer graphics, artificialintelligence, and information security, as well as some core courses. Inthe final year, students will work on an individual project, supervised bya member of staff, where they can showcase what they have learned,working on a topic of their choice. The third year offers a choice oftopics at the forefront of Computer Science today, such as digital soundand music, bioinformatics, computational finance, and informationsecurity (available topics may vary from year to year).FacilitiesOur students have 24-hour access to the Department’s computerfacilities, which use the Linux operating system and provide a widevariety of software packages. There is free high bandwidth Internetaccess. Students also have access to the College’s facilities. There area number of networked computer labs across the campus and mostof the halls of residence are networked. The laboratory also contains alaptop connection area so that you can benefit from our fast networkspeeds. Wi-fi is widely available.70


“I decided to study here as it is amongst the most renowned inComputer Science. Studying a fundamental Major is hard work,but help is never far. The staff are friendly and will always helpyou out with any problems. Lecturers are well-experienced in theirsubject and are pioneering researchers. I am so motivated by theatmosphere that I decided to continue to study here for a PhD.”Arezou Soleimanfallah,BSc Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)Year in industryA ‘year out’ in industry is available on some of our degree programmes.Between the second and final year of study, with advice from theDepartment, a student obtains a technical job, often with one of thecomputing or financial firms who have close links with Royal Holloway.A member of staff will keep in touch with the student and visit theworkplace, to ensure fair treatment and that the job has sufficienttechnical challenges. On return, the student writes a technical report ontheir achievements, which counts towards the degree.Teaching and assessmentCourses are taught during the Autumn and Spring Terms, with writtenexams in the Summer. There are four courses per term, each normallyhaving three one-hour lectures each week, together with laboratorysessions and tutorials. Computer-based teaching, with course materials,notes and examples provided online, is increasingly used.CareersComputer Science is an excellent preparation for many careers, bothtechnical and non-technical, throughout commerce and industry,because students acquire intellectual discipline and practical projectcompletion skills which are valued. Recent research has demonstratedthat a degree in Computer Science can be one of the most financiallyrewarding. Employability for Computer Science graduates is extremelyhigh at the moment: research by e-skills UK (the Sector Skills Councilfor Business and IT) shows that the employment market for IT careers isgrowing five times faster than the general economy; every year 140,000new entrants to the IT and Telecoms workforce are needed. For moreinformation on this research visit: www.e-skills.comAt a glanceDegree programmesG400 Computer ScienceG402 Computer Science (Year in Industry)†Specialist degreesG4G7 Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)Computer Science as a Major subjectG4N2 Computer Science with ManagementJoint degreesGN41 Computing & BusinessGG41 Computer Science & Mathematics† Four-year degreeNumber of placesExpected intake 2012: 90Typical offersFor applicants who can demonstrate an aptitude forComputer Science:UCAS Tariff: 300 pointsA-level: ABB/ABC/BBBBTEC National Diploma: All Distinctions plus B in A2MathematicsInternational Baccalaureate: 30 points including 5 in a sciencesubject (such as mathematics, physics or economics) taken atthe Higher LevelFor international students:IELTS score: 6.5 overallAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsAdmissions TutorDepartment of Computer ScienceRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443421F: +44 (0)1784 439786admissions@cs.rhul.ac.uk71


Criminology and SociologyFaculty of History & Social Scienceswww.rhul.ac.uk/Crim-Soc/Criminology and Sociology at Royal HollowayThe Centre for Criminology and Sociology is a recent development atRoyal Holloway. Criminology is the study of crime as an individual andsocial phenomenon. It focuses on the incidence and causes of crime andconsiders social and governmental responses. It is a field of study thatdraws on a range of disciplines including sociology. Sociology analysesways in which life experiences are shaped by social forces, institutionsand groups, and social rules and processes that organise people.General course informationThe BSc Criminology & Sociology (Hons) programme is three yearsfull-time. In the first two years students are introduced to bothcriminology and sociology and gain a thorough understanding ofcriminological and sociological research methods. In the third year theychoose between a range of options and undertake a dissertation on atopic of their choosing.Following Masters’ study, there is an option of proceedingto a research degree on the College’s MPhil/PhD programme.CareersThe BSc in Criminology & Sociology provides students with a rangeof transferable skills that form the basis for a career in criminal justiceagencies such as the Crown Prosecution Service, police, probation service,youth custody and the prison service. It also equips students for careersin the voluntary sector, local government, the civil service and the privatesector, including working in the media. Graduates who do particularlywell can go on to further study at postgraduate level and pursue careersin research and evaluation in academic and policy contexts.At a glanceDegree programmesLM39 Criminology & SociologyNumber of placesExpected intake 2012: 35Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 320 pointsA-level: ABB or equivalentInternational Baccalaureate: 30 pointsFor international students: IELTS score: 6.5 overallAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsProfessor David DenneyProgramme DirectorBSc Criminology & SociologyT: +44 (0)1784 443683d.denney@rhul.ac.uk72


“Studying here is an experience that inspires andexcites. Second and final year courses enable youto globe-trot the world’s drama, returning homewith a suitcase full of challenged ideas, newperspectives and a sense of achievement.”James Pearson, BA Drama & Theatre73


Drama & TheatreFaculty of Artswww.rhul.ac.uk/Drama/Studying drama at universityPursuing a degree in drama and theatre is a complex, serious, anddemanding exercise that requires a variety of intellectual, practical,verbal, and written skills. Students explore a wide range of dramatic andtheatrical forms, conventions, periods, traditions, and activities. While auniversity degree in drama and theatre offers numerous opportunities topractice theatrical skills, both inside and outside the classroom, it is notactor training but many students do go on to postgraduate actor trainingcourses and to pursue a career in theatre making or related arts careers.Drama & Theatre at Royal HollowayThe Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway is oneof the largest in the country. Our 25 academic members of staffoffer an unrivalled breadth of research expertise in contemporarytheatre, international theatre, theatre history, and a range of practicebasedapproaches to the discipline of theatre and performance. TheDepartment hosts the largest postgraduate community in the country,many of whom have been undergraduates in the Department. TheRAE 2008 shows strong results with the overwhelming majority of ourscores ranked in the two top categories of 4* & 3*, demonstrating thatover 95 percent of our research is recognised internationally in termsof originality, significance, and rigour – with 61 percent being eitherworld-leading or internationally excellent. These are your tutors. Ourlocation also means that experts from London theatres can contributeto our teaching, while students can also easily see live productions tiedto their coursework.General course informationOur degree programmes are grounded in the belief that practicalengagement with dramatic texts is a vital tool for imaginative andanalytical development. All courses contain a blend of practical andconceptual work so that theory and practice are integrated.The first-year foundation course introduces students to a range ofpractical and analytical skills. Building on this foundation course,students in the Autumn Term of the second year participate in aPerformance Research Project and write an extended essay linked toit; students in the Spring Term of the third year pursue a Final YearProject, which may be a dissertation, a group production, or anotherindependent learning project based on interests that have developedduring the three years of the course. Apart from these compulsorymodules, students have a choice of a wide range of courses, taughtby staff with specialist expertise. The range of choice is subject totimetable and number constraints: most courses have no more than18–20 students.FacilitiesOur impressive Boilerhouse complex contains a large foundperformance space with sprung dance floor, a digital studio, designworkshops, and a rehearsal studio space. Sutherland House containsa fully-equipped Studio Theatre, scenery workshop, Mirror Room fordance rehearsal, and two rehearsal rooms fitted with lighting andsound equipment suitable for small-scale productions, while the HandaNoh Theatre houses the only Japanese Noh stage in the UK.The department’s own drama society, the Student Workshop, performsup to nine productions a year, as well as presenting talks and workshopswith leading UK theatre companies and hosting infamous socials.Study abroadThe International Theatre degree involves a year’s study in Australia.The Department also participates in a small Erasmus-fundedexchange with Trinity College Dublin; students may apply to have the74


“My three years of study were everything I had hoped for, andso much more. The diverse range of courses are interesting andthought-provoking, and the dedicated lecturers constantly inspire,surprise, and challenge us and our conceptions of theatre. Thesupportive course structure allows time for students to takework experience placements, for which there are many fantasticopportunities in London – valued highly by future employers.”Alex Turner, BA Drama & Theatre Studiesopportunity to study abroad in this programme, as well as in the variousinternational exchanges run by the College. Please note that, apartfrom the Erasmus exchange, such study abroad must be taken as anadditional rather than as an integral year.Teaching and assessmentThe seminar/workshop is our most important tool. In it there is room fortalk – by the tutor, by the group, or by individual students presentingresearch – and for practical experimentation, with or without writtentexts. A scene might be rehearsed and shown in three different ways,or a scenario evolved and criticised by the students. Productions andvideos are discussed; ideas put forward, explained and explored. Somecourses work on material that is eventually shown to other students. Inaddition to workshops, methods such as informal lectures and privatestudy are used.Assessment methods are as wide-ranging as the courses to which theyare applied. Apart from one or two unseen examinations in the firstyear, assessed assignments involve seminar presentations, critical andtheoretical essays, research reports, performance analyses, and notesto accompany practical work. Practical submissions take such formsas model box set designs, lighting designs, acting, directing and stagemanagement tasks, dance presentations, and work with school groupsor young offenders. The objective is to match the assessment methodto the course content.CareersMany different kinds of employer value the combination of intellectual,imaginative, and practical skills that our degrees aim to develop. Ourgraduates do not follow any typical pattern, but embark on a widevariety of postgraduate training programmes and careers, such asteaching, research, actor training, arts administration, journalism, etc.Unusually for an Arts department, graduates also have considerableexperience in technical matters and organisation – productions mayinvolve complicated management of people, technical apparatus, andaccounts. From the first year, computer applications are used to exploremany aspects of the subject, and all students develop IT skills throughthe Information Technology Skills course.At a glanceDegree programmesW440 Drama & Theatre StudiesW423 International Theatre (Australia)Drama with a minor subjectW4V5 Drama with Philosophy Joint degreesJoint degreesQW84 Classical Studies & DramaWW48 Drama & Creative WritingWR42 Drama & GermanWR43 Drama & ItalianWW43 Drama & MusicQW34 English & DramaRW14 French & DramaWV45 Drama & PhilosophyNumber of placesExpected intake 2012: 100Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 340 pointsA-level:AAB for Single Honours and Joint Honours English & DramaABB for other Joint Honours programmesInternational Baccalaureate: 35 pointsFor international students:IELTS score: 6.5 overall with 7 in writingAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds, and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsDr Lynette GoddardAdmissions TutorDepartment of Drama & TheatreRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443922F: +44 (0)1784 431018drama@rhul.ac.uk75


Earth SciencesFaculty of Sciencewww.rhul.ac.uk/Earth-Sciences/What are the Earth Sciences?Geology and Earth Sciences bring together aspects of biology,chemistry, geography, mathematics and physics directed at theunderstanding of our planet. Have you ever collected fossils, or thoughtabout the origin of life on Earth and why the dinosaurs became extinct?Do you wonder where oil or gold are formed, and how they are found?Do earthquakes and volcanoes fascinate you, and do you think aboutwho and where might next experience one? Are you concerned aboutthe use of our planet’s natural resources or the best methods of wastedisposal? Are you interested in how the Earth has changed over the last4.5 billion years, or how the solar system was formed? Then the studyof Earth Sciences is for you!Earth Sciences at Royal HollowayThe Department of Earth Sciences in the purpose-built Queen’s Buildingat Royal Holloway is consistently top rated for teaching (awarded an‘Excellent’ rating for teaching quality) and world-leading research(among the top six Earth Science departments in the 2008 ResearchAssessment Exercise). A friendly and informal atmosphere is maintainedthrough our ‘open-door’ personal adviser system and individualsupervision of projects. The shared experiences and friendshipsdeveloped during fieldwork also act to strengthen and encourage thisopen and welcoming atmosphere. A lively student society organisessocial events and a programme of stimulating guest lecturers fromacross the UK and even farther afield.Easy access to London ensures that you can visit the national museumsand libraries, or attend events at the Geological Society and theGeologists’ Association. The majority of our degrees are accreditedby the Geological Society which can lead you to become a CharteredGeologist. Our teaching is complemented by a first-class researchenvironment with modern analytical and computer equipment that isused by students in project work and in advanced courses.General course informationThree and four-year Geology and Geoscience degrees offer manyattractions to a student, whether seeking to train as a professionalgeoscientist or simply develop scientific skills and a deeperunderstanding of the world around you. The first two years of theprogramme are devoted to developing an extensive portfolio ofgeological knowledge and experience. Subsequent years focus ondiversification into independent study and specialist areas, with a widerange of third and fourth year options offering extensive educationalpotential across the Earth Sciences.For the MSci course in Geoscience with a Year of International Study,students spend their third year abroad at one of a carefully selectedrange of top international universities (in Australia, Canada, NewZealand or the USA). The MSci Environmental Geoscience degreeapplies the Earth Sciences to environmental issues, with courses onthe interaction of human activity and the geological environment. Ourthree-year BSc degrees in Geology and Environmental Geology providea more general scientific training in these subjects. The three and fouryearPetroleum Geology/Geoscience programmes are tailored to providestudents with a comprehensive introduction to the application of EarthSciences to the oil and gas industry.Teaching and assessmentGeology is a practical subject that emphasises laboratory work and fieldclasses in addition to formal instruction. Tutorials are normallyheld approximately once a fortnight. The proportion of independentand project work undertaken increases in the third and fourth yearsas students undertake research projects in our specialist laboratories.Our practical-based instruction requires no prior knowledge of Geology,and around half of our students begin their degree without anyprevious experience in the subject. The first year of instruction includescourses in numerical methods, chemistry and physics to ensure that76


“The friendliness, commitment to teaching and developing your skills as ageologist are just some of the qualities of the staff here at Royal Holloway.Whether it’s a question about coursework or a chat at the social events,the lecturers are always approachable. Fieldwork is an integral part oflife in the Department, from Cyprus to Scotland, sediments to igneousrocks; they all are very enjoyable, bringing the class and lecturerstogether whilst teaching you many skills. These are just a few of thereasons that have made the course very enjoyable and exciting.”Daniel Slidel, MSci Geoscienceall students have an adequate background in these areas of science.You will be assessed by theory and practical examinations as well asby continuous assessment (normally 20–30 percent). Project workcontributes up to 35 percent of the degree assessment.CareersThe resources sector (notably oil and gas) and environmentalorganisations are the most significant employment destinations of ourgraduates. The applied and practical nature of our courses, and theindustrial experience which students can elect to undertake, place youin a good position for employment in Geoscience with 60 percent ofMSci and 35 percent of our BSc graduates following geological careers.Some of our best graduates have studied for a PhD degree and areestablished research scientists following an academic career. Geologyand Geoscience degrees from Royal Holloway are far more than simplyvocational qualifications however, as the scientific training, independentthinking, and interpersonal skills developed in studying this subject withus are increasingly appreciated by a diverse range of employers.At a glanceDegree programmes4-Year MSci DegreesF601 GeoscienceF642 Geoscience with a Year in IndustryF602 Geoscience with a Year of International StudyF622 Petroleum GeoscienceF631 Environmental GeoscienceF644 Environmental Geoscience with a Year in Industry3-Year BSc degreesF600 GeologyF603 Geology with a Year in IndustryF620 Petroleum GeologyF630 Environmental GeologyF690 Environmental Geology with a Year in IndustryJoint degreesFF68 Physical Geography & GeologyNumber of placesExpected intake 2012: 55Typical offersUCAS Tariff (A-level grades in brackets):BSc in Geology: 300 points (BBB)BSc in Environmental Geology: 300 points (BBB)BSc in Petroleum Geology: 300 points (BBB)MSci in Environmental Geoscience: 320 points (ABB)MSci in Geoscience: 320 points (ABB)MSci in Geoscience with a year of International Studies: 340points (AAB)MSci in Petroleum Geoscience: 320 points (ABB)International Baccalaureate:BSc programmes: 30 pointsMSci in Geoscience with a year of International Studies: 34 pointsOther MSci programmes: 32 pointsFor international students:IELTS score:BSc programmes: 6.5MSci programmes: 6.5Admissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsAdmissions TutorDepartment of Earth SciencesRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443582F: +44 (0)1784 471780info@es.rhul.ac.uk77


EconomicsFaculty of History & Social Scienceswww.rhul.ac.uk/Economics/What is Economics?Economics is about the incentives which individuals, firms andgovernments face in determining their behaviour. A training inEconomics provides an ideal basis for careers in management, financeand government.Royal Holloway’s Economics degrees incorporate all the major aspectsof economic thought. Our degrees are designed for the student who– regardless of future career plans – wants to follow an intellectuallychallenging and diverse programme of study.Economics at Royal HollowayRoyal Holloway is one of the UK’s leading teaching and researchcentres in Economics. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE),80 percent of the Department’s research was ranked as world-leadingor internationally excellent (rated 3* and 4*).The faculty is international, young and enthusiastic. Academic staffin the Department of Economics have worked or studied at some ofthe world’s leading universities. These include such universities asCambridge, Oxford, LSE, Harvard, Yale, MIT and McGill.Our programmes are informed by the latest developments inEconomics. Research activity ranges from purely theoretical analysis toapplied econometric evaluation of economic policies. This commitmentto cutting-edge research improves our undergraduates’ learningexperience and allows us to make important contributions to society.General course informationThe Single Honours BSc in Economics develops all aspects of thesubject, from quantitative and computing skills to economic analysisand policy. Fundamental economic analysis and quantitative andcomputing skills are developed in the first and second year compulsorycourses. Further optional units enable you to tailor the degree to yourown interests.78


“The Economics Department offers a wide variety of coursesand the opportunity to choose course units in which you areinterested. All the lecturers are very approachable; always willingto listen and help. The supportive atmosphere has really helpeddevelop my skills and knowledge. Socially, there is so muchto do. I have really enjoyed studying here and if you come toRoyal Holloway, you will not be disappointed!”Hannah Carter, BSc EconomicsThe BSc (Econ) degree in Financial & Business Economics providesyou with the ‘core’ training of a full Economics degree, but with aconcentration on the economics of financial markets and industrialbehaviour. The degree provides an ideal preparation for studentsinterested in the financial services sector of the economy or in businessmanagement.Economics can also be studied in conjunction with a variety of otherdisciplines and in various combinations.Teaching and assessmentTeaching in most courses is based around lectures and seminars. Inaddition, we offer small group tutoring in most first and second yearcourses. Like other traditional universities, we place strong emphasis,in assessment, on end of year exams. Some courses incorporate asignificant element of continuous assessment.Careers and postgraduate opportunitiesEconomics graduates are in high demand. Economics is a traditionalacademic discipline that provides a broad spectrum of transferableskills which can be applied in careers as varied as law, financialanalysis, business management, teaching, accountancy – or even as aneconomist. You will also develop quantitative, computing, logical andcommunication skills which are vital to almost every career.At a glanceDegree programmesL101 EconomicsL111 Financial & Business EconomicsEconomics as a Major subject*L1R1 Economics with FrenchL1R2 Economics with GermanL1R3 Economics with ItalianL1W3 Economics with MusicL1L2 Economics with Political StudiesL1R4 Economics with Spanish*Subject to revalidationJoint degreesLN12 Economics & ManagementLG11 Economics & MathematicsLL12 Economics, Politics & International RelationsNG31 Finance & MathematicsEconomics as a main Social Science subject within the EuropeanStudies degree (R100, R200, R300, R401)Number of placesExpected intake 2012: 170Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 360–320 pointsA-level: AAA (A in GCSE Mathematics)AAB (B in AS-level Mathematics)ABB (B in A-level Mathematics)BTEC National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, DistinctionInternational Baccalaureate: 33–35 points(including 5 in HL Mathematics)For international students: IELTS score: 6.5 overallAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsAdmissions TutorDepartment of EconomicsRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443383F: +44 (0)1784 439534ugecon@rhul.ac.uk79


EnglishFaculty of Artswww.rhul.ac.uk/English/What is English?English is a versatile academic discipline characterised by the rigorouscritical study of literature and language. It is concerned with theproduction, reception and interpretation of written texts, and with theliterary and expressive potential of the English language. The study ofEnglish demands a constant commitment to improving your reading andwriting skills. It develops a flexible and responsive openness of mind andadvanced skills in argument, and encourages you to think critically foryourself about literature and life.English at Royal HollowayThe Department’s reputation for outstanding teaching depends partlyon our traditional coverage of all the major areas of literary study, andpartly on our taking advantage of the flexibility of Royal Holloway’scourse unit system to develop advanced specialist courses in such areasas ‘Contemporary Fiction’, ‘African-American literature’, ‘Tolkien’sRoots: Old English Poetry and Modern Medievalism’, ‘The Girl in theBook’, ‘Poetic Practice’, ‘Early Modern Bodies’ and ‘Visual and Verbalin the Long Nineteenth Century’. The course unit scheme gives thestudent scope and choice within a coherent programme of study. TheDepartment has a range of Joint Honours degrees, including CreativeWriting and an interdisciplinary English and Drama programme. TheDepartment attracts a rich mix of students from all sorts of schoolsand backgrounds, and from many different countries. The excellentresults obtained by our home-based students at A-level has meant thatstudents entering the English department have done well at gainingCollege bursaries; our finalists in English and Joint Honours programmeshave regularly taken Faculty prizes on the strength of their degreeperformance. We encourage applications from mature students andare committed to widening participation. The Department is friendlyand caring; we pride ourselves on the time and attention we give toindividual students.General course informationThe main aim of the programmes is to combine historicalunderstanding, intellectual coherence and a wide range of choice.Students take four whole units, or the equivalent in half-units, eachyear. Teaching for a full unit may be concentrated into one term, orspread over two terms. In the first year Single Honours students takefour full unit courses: ‘Shakespeare’, and an ‘Introduction to MedievalLiterature’ (these two courses concentrate their teaching in a singleterm); ‘Inventing the Novel’; and ‘Introducing English Poetry’ (thesetwo courses are taught over two terms). Second year students choosethree options from an array of major subject areas (ie ‘ContemporaryDebates in Literary Theory’, ‘Love, Honour, Obey: Literature 1525–1670’, ‘Romantic Literature’, ‘Victorian Literature’ and ‘ModernistLiterature’, and two other half-unit courses. In doing so, students getthe opportunity to give individual character to the general nature oftheir degree, by giving it a personal bias among these central subjectareas. The programme in the third year includes a chance to write adissertation, a choice from a range of Special Author projects, andselection of a Special Topic, again from a range of options.Joint Honours students take ‘Inventing the Novel’ and ‘IntroducingEnglish Poetry’ in their first year, and ‘Shakespeare’ or ‘MedievalLiterature’ with two half-unit options from the range available toall students in their second year. In the third year, students submit adissertation or Special Author project and choose the final unit fromthe range of options. Students taking English and Drama follow thesame pattern as other Joint Honours students for the first year, buthave dedicated interdisciplinary core courses in the second and thirdyears. In the second year, students take an interdisciplinary Shakespearecourse and choose the remaining units from the range available inboth departments. In the third year, students take a specially designed‘pathway’ course and either submit a dissertation, Special Author orSpecial Topic project or take Advanced Theatre Practice. They alsochoose one unit or two half-units from the range of options in eachdepartment.Students in Creative Writing follow a wide-ranging programme ofpractice-based seminars in literary writing alongside courses from thedegree in English Literature. Students are encouraged to contextualisetheir work in relation to contemporary and historical writers froma wide range of genres. Students in year one complete projects inplaywriting, fiction and poetry. In year two students specialise in twoof these fields and in year three they further refine their focus throughthe completion of a final project in one of these areas. Throughoutthe degree programme students are encouraged to consider thephilosophical and practical nature of what it means to be a writer andto reflect on how their own writing relates to other fields of artisticpractice. There are many opportunities to become involved in thevibrant culture of creative writing and poetic practice for which theDepartment is renowned.Students taking English and Philosophy will augment the theoreticalinsights afforded them by their English Studies by taking a range ofcore and optional courses in Philosophy. These will introduce studentsto the full range of philosophical topics that are central to a criticalunderstanding of human culture, and thereby equip them with theconceptual tools required to make sense of the increasingly seriousdisagreements about the aims and values which should inform humanlife.FacilitiesThe Department is housed in the award-winning International Building,which contains excellent teaching rooms as well as the latest IT andAV facilities. Royal Holloway has an excellent library, with an extensivecollection of English literature titles, and a range of electronic texts.Students are also encouraged to use the University of London libraryat Senate House. The campus has a number of computer labs, withextensive wireless access for students.Other study opportunitiesLike students from other College departments, students of English mayapply for exchange visits to universities in Australia, North America,Canada, or elsewhere in Europe. Our students, because of their highlevels of educational attainment, have generally been successful insecuring such exchanges. This year does not count towards the degreebut is an excellent opportunity to study the literature and culture ofanother country. The English degree also has built into it potential‘pathways’ to MA study in the Department: for example, the secondyear ‘Intensive Shakespeare’ option might lead on via the third year‘Advanced Shakespeare: The Problem Plays’ to the Shakespeare MA.Similar pathways exist within the options available towards a Mastersin Medieval Studies, Victorian Literature and Art, and Literatures ofModernity.80


“The Department provides a dynamic academic environment.Staff are keen to engage students’ minds, and are always approachable.Moreover, it is inspiring to be taught by academics who are leaders intheir field. Thanks to the degree’s flexibility I have made the degreemy own. Royal Holloway has offered me numerous chances to pursuemy interests and I have developed skills that will be invaluable tomy future studies and subsequent career.”Paul Nezandonyi, BA EnglishTeaching and assessmentStudents are taught by a variety of methods, including lectures,seminars and workshops. In addition to scheduled class time, allcourses have structured study groups to enable students to preparefor seminar discussion, tutorial sessions for the return of written work,and may require active participation in the college’s virtual learningenvironment, ‘Moodle’, or postings to course progress blogs. A typicalweek would involve six or seven hours of class time and two hours instructured study groups, plus extra hours in unstructured learning andpreparation for classes. Students are expected to put in seven hours ofprivate study for every three hours of class time. A four-unit course loadis a full-time commitment.CareersA degree in English trains the mind and feeds the imagination;it provides a range of transferable skills, including oral and writtenpresentation skills, time management, and the ability to workindependently, all of which are valued by employers. It also leavesyour options open. Our graduates find jobs in such fields asaccountancy, banking, business, the Civil Service, computing, law,librarianship, personnel management, the media, publishing andjournalism, advertising and public relations, teaching and the theatre.Many go on to further degrees in literature and other fields.For further information visit:www.rhul.ac.uk/careers/undergraduates/and select degree-specific career tips for English.At a glanceDegree programmesQ300 EnglishEnglish as a Major subjectQ3V5 English with PhilosophyJoint degreesQQ38 English & Classical StudiesQW38 English & Creative WritingQW34 English & DramaQR31 English & French†QR32 English & German†QR33 English & Italian†QQ36 English & LatinQV35 English & PhilosophyQR34 English & Spanish†QQ23 Comparative Literature & Culture & English (see page 94)† 4 year degreesNumber of placesExpected intake 2012: 170Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 340 pointsA-level: AAB (A in English)BTEC National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, MeritInternational Baccalaureate: 35 points (6 in HL English)For international students:IELTS score: 7 overall with a 7 in writingAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. We welcome applications from all over theworld, and assess each application on its merits. For moreinformation please see page 114. For opportunities to visit,please see page 117.Contact detailsDr Roy BoothAdmissions TutorEnglish (Q300)Dr Elaine McGirrAdmissions TutorEnglish & Drama (QW34)Dr Douglas CowieAdmissions TutorEnglish & Creative Writing (QW38)Dr Betty JayAdmissions TutorAll other Joint Honours degreesDepartment of EnglishRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443214/5F: +44 (0)1784 479059admissions@rhul.ac.uk81


European StudiesFaculty of History & Social Scienceswww.rhul.ac.uk/European-Studies/What is European Studies?European Studies is a four year degree which introduces students tothe issues and trends shaping contemporary Europe. The degree istightly structured across each of the four years of study with clearlydefined learning outcomes in the study of languages and socialsciences. European Studies is the ideal programme for students withinterests ranging across Languages, International Relations, Businessand Management, Economics, Geography, History and Politics. Withthe European Union spanning much of the continent of Europe, anunderstanding of everyday European political, economic and sociallife is vital to our ability to succeed in today’s marketplace. Each ofthe components of the degree is designed to develop an advancedunderstanding of the key factors affecting contemporary Europe.European Studies at Royal HollowayThe European Studies degree programme is based in the Departmentof Politics and International Relations. The programme draws uponteaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplinesas recognised in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. EuropeanStudies students will acquire: knowledge of the development, workingsand policies of European Union institutions; advanced linguisticcompetencies and fluency in at least one of French, German, Spanish orItalian; and an ability to apply the concepts, theories and methodologiesof at least one social science to the international context. EuropeanStudies students and staff provide a dynamic, motivating and supportiveenvironment in which to study.Degree structureYear 1: European Studies core course in International Relations;one language course and one Social Science course from amongBusiness and Management, Politics, Economics, Geography or History.Students select a fourth course from among either the languages orSocial Sciences.Year 2: European Integration core course; one language course and oneSocial Science course from among Business and Management, Politics,Economics, Geography or History. Students select a fourth course fromamong either the languages or Social Sciences.Year 3: Period of Residence Abroad on a work placement or studying ata mainland European university.Final year: Contemporary Europe core course; one language courseand one Social Science course from among Business and Management,Politics, Economics, Geography or History. Students select a fourthcourse from among either the languages or Social Sciences.General course informationIn each of the years spent at Royal Holloway, all students take a total offour course units. These units can, to a large extent, be tailored to meetthe interests of individual students. The European Studies core coursescover aspects of contemporary European history, politics, economicsand international relations. In the Social Sciences, students can choosefrom Management, History, Politics, Geography or Economics. In thelanguage component, French, Spanish, German and Italian are available.Spanish, Italian and German are also available ab initio (for beginners)for those who already have proven ability in other languages.FacilitiesEuropean Studies students draw on a wide range of sources to assisttheir studies at Royal Holloway. Students benefit from an impressivearray of teaching techniques, including Computer Assisted Learning.There are also state-of-the-art language labs, as well as excellent libraryand computing facilities. The European Society provides a lively andentertaining forum for exchanges on European issues and organisesan annual field trip for students to visit European Union institutions inBrussels.82


“European Studies is a challenging, engaging and inspiring programmeof study that offers a rich academic experience. In an increasinglyinterconnected world it has become ever more important to developlanguage skills and acquire the ability to analyse the dynamics shapingthe international sphere. European Studies allowed me to develop theanalytical, communication and interpersonal skills valued by employersand to pursue my interest in international affairs. I now work as aResearcher at the think-tank Policy Network.”Alfredo Cabral, BA European StudiesStudy abroadFor European Studies students, the third year is spent in a relevantEuropean country. If a second language is chosen it may be possibleto split the year abroad between two countries. The LanguageDepartments and European Studies have links with prestigiousinstitutions throughout Europe. This year abroad greatly enhanceslanguage skills and cultural understanding. There are several optionsopen to students: they may spend a year at a European university orbusiness school; work as interns at EU institutions such as the EuropeanParliament; apply for assistantships at educational establishments; orobtain professional work experience abroad.Teaching and assessmentTeaching takes various forms: lecturing, small-group seminars andlanguage laboratory exercises. Assessment will be by a variety ofmethods during the three years of study on campus. Students will berequired to complete coursework and sit examinations, both writtenand oral. During the course of study, students are supported by anetwork of personal tutors to advise and support.CareersEuropean Studies graduates from Royal Holloway have an excellentrecord of finding interesting and rewarding careers. Recent graduateshave found posts within the UK Diplomatic Service, UK Ministry ofDefence, European Union, various national governments, marketing,international finance and banking, management, law, journalism,recruitment consultancy, import-export management, translation,language teaching and postgraduate study.Catherine Ashton is a graduate of Royal Holloway’s Department of Politics andInternational Relations. She is the European Union’s High Representative for Foreignand Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission.At a glanceDegree programmesR100 European Studies (French)R200 European Studies (German)R300 European Studies (Italian)R401 European Studies (Spanish)Number of placesExpected intake 2012: 40Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 320 pointsA-level: ABB (B in a modern language)International Baccalaureate: 33 pointsEuropean Baccalaureate: 77%French Baccalaureate: 14/20 (13 in option internationale)Abitur (Reformierte Oberstufe):Durchschnittsnote 2.0 or higherDiploma Di Maturitá: 80/100For language requirements see our departmental brochure.Admissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsDr Giacomo BenedettoDirector of European StudiesDepartment of Politics & International RelationsRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443686F: +44 (0)1784 479052giacomo.benedetto@rhul.ac.uk83


GeographyFaculty of Sciencewww.rhul.ac.uk/Geography/What is Geography?Geography embraces many of the key aspects of modern society, andhas a major role to play in framing, and answering, key environmental,economic, social and political questions that confront communities,politicians and managers.Geography’s diversity is its strength. It is a subject with links acrossthe academic world. This diversity allows students to obtain a range oflearning experiences and skills which make Geography graduates highlyattractive to a wide range of future employers.Geography at Royal HollowayThe Department of Geography has a national and internationalreputation for teaching and research. The undergraduate teachingprogramme emphasises the interdependence of Human and PhysicalGeography but also permits students to specialise in key areas ofGeography. This is reflected in the choice of six undergraduateprogrammes. In general, all programmes take you through increasinglevels of intellectual challenge and specialisation, culminating in afinal year dissertation based on your own research. Practical work andfieldwork in both the UK and overseas form an essential part of yourdegree training and, as part of this, students have access to a widerange of modern facilities and equipment.General course informationGeography degrees consist of 12 course units, four in each year ofstudy. The first year courses build upon your existing geographicalknowledge and also develop your technical and field skills. Apart froma second year course in research training, and a third year dissertation,all other courses in these subsequent years are optional, allowing youto build a course profile which reflects your developing interest inaspects of Geography which have a particular appeal to you. You maychoose to complement your studies by taking up to one unit in anotherdepartment in each of your second and third years. Please refer tothe departmental brochure or website for details of compulsory andoptional courses for each of the degree schemes listed.FacilitiesThe Department is well equipped for field and laboratory work.Computing facilities include GIS software, image analysis and advancedcartographic and image handling packages. Our reading roomhouses many key textbooks and also an extensive report/offprintcollection. A series of laboratories support work on the physical andchemical analysis of soils, sediments and water. These are extensivelyused by both staff and students for research, with particular focuson environmental reconstruction, environmental management andpollution studies.Field tripsStudents undertake fieldwork in Britain and overseas as an integral partof their degree. Residential courses occur in both the first and secondyears, with some specialist third year options also offering short trips.First year students spend a week in southern Spain at the start of theSpring Term, whilst second year students can choose from a series ofdestinations at the end of the same term. These trips, focusing on a keyarea of geographical study, currently visit Ireland, Kenya or New York.At the end of their second year, students may opt to take a year out oftheir study and take part in the overseas training programme (VSO).84


“I’ve had many memorable experiences in the Department ofGeography. The course content and friendly staff and fellowstudents really opened up the world to me, allowing me to achievethings I never imagined possible when I first arrived. Highlightsinclude wandering through an isolated Spanish village on the yearone field trip and participating at Notting Hill Carnival with a steelband as part of my dissertation research.”Andy Bullock, BA GeographyTeaching and assessmentThe core of each course is a series of lectures, supported by tutorials,practicals and seminars, as appropriate. The Department believes thathands-on experience is key to a sound geographical training, andthis philosophy is reflected in how courses are planned and taught.Assessment is through a combination of written exams and coursework,with exams being taken at the end of the year in which the course istaken. Typically, coursework will form 33–50 percent of the mark for acourse. Your final degree is based on marks from your second and thirdyears, with an increased weighting put on the final year, to reflect yourprogress over the period of the degree programme.CareersGeography provides you with skills that are transferable to a widevariety of careers. Students are supported in their search for a jobthrough a range of Department initiatives. The Department CareersOfficer arranges careers presentations by Careers Advisers and exstudents,whilst an online database of alumni allows our students tocontact past students for advice on particular careers.At a glanceDegree programmesL700 BA GeographyF800 BSc GeographyL701 BA Human GeographyF840 BSc Physical GeographyJoint degreesFL82 BSc Geography, Politics & International RelationsFF68 BSc Physical Geography & GeologyGeography as a main Social Science subject within theEuropean Studies degree (R100, R200, R300, R401)Number of placesExpected intake 2012: 100Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 320 pointsA-level: ABB(Please note that FL82 is 340 points, AAB)BTEC National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, MeritInternational Baccalaureate: 34 points (35 points for FL82)For international students: IELTS score: 6.5 overall with7 in writingAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsAdmissions TutorDepartment of GeographyRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443563F: +44 (0)1784 472836ugadmissionsgeog@rhul.ac.uk85


HistoryFaculty of History & Social Scienceswww.rhul.ac.uk/History/What is History?The study of History concerns our understanding of what it was to behuman in another place and at another time. Exploring what othershave felt, thought, and done in the past, expands our self-awarenessand our understanding of how we have come to be who we are bothas individuals and as members of a wider society. Curiosity informs allhistorical enquiry while the subject encourages the application of skillsof analysis, argument and critical thinking – all highly valued in themodern employment market.History at Royal HollowayThe Department of History is rated in the top national assessmentcategory for teaching and is recognised as world-leading in its research.It is the largest History department in the University of London and oneof the biggest in the country. The History degree we offer covers anextraordinary breadth of chronological periods and geographical areas.We provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere where we aim to giveyou the maximum flexibility to pursue your own interests, helping youto construct a coherent degree programme which provides a sense ofthe development of societies and institutions over time.Degree structureFirst year courses are designed to introduce degree level study byfocusing on new skills, methods and approaches (including the use ofinformation technology), and to introduce students to broad historicalthemes and unfamiliar periods and cultures. In their second year,students take a combination of Group 1 courses, which survey a widechronological span for a country or region, and Group 2 courses,where the emphasis is on tracing a more discrete theme or idea acrossa narrower period of time. The culmination of the degree course is thefinal year Group 3 Special Subject, where the focus is further tightenedto explore in depth a particular historical period, issue or theme throughthe use of selected primary sources, and where students write a 10,000word dissertation based on original research. Special Subjects areconvened by expert tutors who have undertaken their own researchand writing in the chosen field.General course informationStudents of History (V100) can spread their studies across the medievaland modern worlds, or can choose to concentrate on either period.Modern History & Politics (V136) covers the 19th and 20th centuries.Both degrees include courses not only on the history of Britain andits close neighbours, but also on parts of the extra-European worldand the United States. Students on History with an International Year(V101) spend one year at a European university in France, Spain, Italy,or Germany or at one of our partner institutions in the United States,Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore or Hong Kong.FacilitiesThere are over 550 undergraduates in the Department, about threequartersreading for the BA in History (V100) and the remainderin Modern History & Politics (V136) and our various Joint Honoursdegrees. Despite our size we maintain close contact with our students.Each student has a personal adviser who is available to provide helpand advice, both academically and otherwise, while a student-staffcommittee meets termly to discuss issues of common concern. There isalso a lively History Society which invites visiting speakers and organisessocial events. As well as the extensive resources of the on-campusBedford Library, students also have access to the unparalleled wealth ofcollections in many of the libraries of the University of London.86


“From the moment I saw the amazing Founder’s Building, I knewthis was the place I wanted to study History. The degree structureallowed me to construct my own profile of courses with advicealways on hand. The various amenities, and tremendous diversityof the student body, has meant that I’ve gained a strong academicgrounding but I’m well prepared for life after my degree too.”Alliccia Hernandez, BA HistoryTeaching and assessmentFor some courses, assessment is based on a final unseen exam,while other parts of the degree rely on coursework or dissertationswhich will be the result of personal study and research. The regularsubmission of essays during term time is required for all courses offeredby the Department, reflecting the important place that writing andpresentation skills hold in the subject.Careers and postgraduate opportunitiesOur degrees incorporate a wide range of transferable skills thatare valued by employers. They help to instil self-motivation, selfdisciplineand adaptability, as well as training students in the rapidaccumulation and analysis of information, and effective written andoral communication. Reflecting this wide range of skills, our graduateshave successfully pursued careers in a number of areas including law,the media, publishing, journalism, local government, managementtraining in industry and commerce, and the civil service. With over 150students, the Department has one of the largest History postgraduatecommunities in the country, with a variety of specialist MA courses, andmany students going on to the MPhil and PhD research degrees.At a glanceDegree programmesV100 HistoryV101 History with an International Year(available as a three or a four year programme)V136 Modern History & PoliticsHistory as a Major subjectV1R4 History with SpanishJoint degreesRV11 French & History†RV21 German & History†VL12 History & International RelationsVW13 History & MusicVR14 History & Spanish†History as a Minor subjectR2V1 German with History†R4V1 Spanish with History† Four-year degreesHistory as a main Social Science subject within theEuropean Studies degree (R100, R200, R300, R401)Number of placesExpected intake 2012: 180Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 340 pointsA-level: AABBTEC National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, DistinctionInternational Baccalaureate: 35 pointsFor international students:IELTS score: 6.5 overallHistory with an International Year(where a student wishes to study in Europe)France: at least A-level grade B (or equivalent) in FrenchGermany: at least A-level grade B (or equivalent) in GermanItaly and Spain: at least A-level grade B (or equivalent) in theappropriate language(For those with no previous examined knowledge ofItalian, A-level grade B in another modern language orLatin is necessary)Admissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Applicants for the History with an International Year degrees(wishing to study in Europe) should include in section 3(f) oftheir UCAS form the country in which they wish to study.Contact detailsAdmissions TutorDepartment of HistoryRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443313F: +44 (0)1784 433032historyadmissions@rhul.ac.uk87


ManagementFaculty of History & Social Scienceswww.rhul.ac.uk/Management/What is Management?Management requires the ability to influence, act and think strategically,providing educated and motivated people with the opportunity to besuccessful in senior roles, both in industry and society. To achieve thistakes long-term vision, breadth of knowledge, a willingness to innovateand the conviction to act.Studying Management at Royal Holloway will provide you withManagement knowledge in the key areas of business including:accounting, strategy, production and operations, marketing,information systems and human resources.Management at Royal HollowayThe School of Management was founded in 1990 and is now thelargest department on campus with over 68 academic staff. Offeringa wide range of programmes, the School prides itself on its reputationfor excellence in both teaching and research and is a member of theAssociation of Business Schools (ABS).Our academic staff are internationally-recognised researchers and havedesigned courses that bring together both the academic knowledgeand practical insights to modern international business. With the BScManagement Studies you may gain exemptions from some of theexaminations of professional bodies, such as CIMA.General course informationThe first year courses will equip you with management knowledge,technical skills and fundamental theories. Basic ideas and concepts arecovered, such as the relationship between different companies and thebusiness environment. The second year is based on two objectives: todevelop your understanding of policy formulation within organisationsand widen your appreciation of the decision-making process. Finalistswill gain an understanding of business systems worldwide. A researchdissertation may also be undertaken, either on a subject directly relatedto your chosen specialism or another management-related topic.The School has close links with other departments in the College andoffers joint programmes, enabling students to study subjects in otherdisciplines. This provides students with the best opportunity to developthe relevant skills for the changing world of international business.FacilitiesThe School of Management has many of its own facilities. The newextension to the building will provide students with eight seminarrooms, three flexible work pods and social space. There is a ComputerBased Teaching Laboratory in the Moore Complex situated behind theSchool which is for the use of Management students only and is open24 hours a day. Our other lecture theatres and seminar rooms alsocontain high specification audio visual equipment to aid interactiveand collaborative study. The collaborative Learning Lab (ColLab), atechnology-enhanced learning facility, has been designed to supportteamwork and enables students to actively engage in joint projectswith colleagues both on and off campus. The Computer Centre isconveniently located next to the School of Management.Students are assigned a personal tutor, who will provide them withboth academic and pastoral advice and support throughout their timeat Royal Holloway.Teaching and assessmentEach year students study four course units. For every unit there isusually one lecture and one workshop per week. Generally students willhave eight to 10 hours of contact time with academics each week. Inaddition, students are expected to do about 40 hours personal studya week. This enables them to widen their own knowledge by studyingrelated work and preparing readings. Each course unit is assessed by acombination of exams and coursework. For most courses, assessmentmarks are awarded on 30 percent coursework and 70 percent exam.Coursework assignments are based on a wide range of tasks includingessays, presentations and group projects.Study abroadAll students at the School of Management have the opportunity to studyabroad. Many students, particularly those with a language elementin their degree, do this in their second year. Students study and live intheir chosen country for a year, taking courses that are related to theirManagement degree. This gives students the opportunity not only tobroaden their academic knowledge but also improve their language skills.88


“Management at Royal Holloway is an interesting and diverse degree,which allows you to specialise in a certain area of business that you findinteresting. I have always wanted to go into marketing, and the degreehas opened up many opportunities for me. I was fortunate enough to getan internship, which led to a graduate position, in the Global MarketingDepartment of Barclays Capital. Management has given me the skills andcommercial awareness that I need to fulfil my career aspirations.”Isabel Cooke, BSc Management with MarketingAt a glanceDegree programmesN200 ManagementManagement SpecialismsN2N4 Management with AccountingN2N6 Management with Human ResourcesN2G5 Management with Information TechnologyN2N1 Management with International BusinessN2N5 Management with MarketingJoint degreesGN41 Computing & BusinessLN12 Economics & ManagementRN12 French & ManagementRN22 German & ManagementRN32 Italian & ManagementNR24 Management & SpanishGN12 Mathematics & ManagementMinor degreesG1N2 Mathematics with ManagementG4N2 Computer Science with ManagementManagement as a main Social Science subject withinthe European Studies degree (R100, R200, R300, R401)CareersOur Careers Centre is conveniently located opposite the School ofManagement where advisers are available year-round to assist studentsin deciding upon their future careers and help them look for work. Inaddition to individual advice sessions, the Careers Centre also runs aseries of interactive seminars, workshops and fairs specifically designedto provide students with an understanding of the current job marketand prepare them for work. Our International Careers Adviser andthe development of a specially tailored careers programme assistsinternational students in searching for jobs. Employers attending ourevents include Ernst & Young, Blackberry, Capital IQ, J P Morgan,Procter & Gamble, Xerox, PricewaterhouseCoopers and EnterpriseRent-A-Car.School of Management graduates have attained positions in thefollowing companies: Media Planner for BBC, Senior IT Analyst forBritish Airways, Financial Analyst for Ford Motor Company and BrandManager for Nestlé.Student SocietiesStudents set up and manage their own societies, some of which mayfurther complement your studies, such as:Management & Internship, Investment, Entrepreneurs, StudentsInvesting in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Law, Politics and InternationalRelations (PIR), People and Planet, Geography, Italian, German,Hispanic, Media.Number of placesExpected intake 2012: 400Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 340 pointsA-level: AABBTEC National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, MeritInternational Baccalaureate: 35 pointsFor international students: IELTS score: 6.5 overallAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsAndreas ChatzidakisAdmissions TutorSchool of ManagementRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 276252F: +44 (0)1784 276100MN-UGadmissions@rhul.ac.uk89


MathematicsFaculty of Sciencewww.rhul.ac.uk/Mathematics/What is Mathematics?For some, Mathematics is a pure science to be studied for its intrinsicbeauty and logical structure. For many it means problem solving and thesatisfaction of getting what is indisputably the ‘right’ answer. Otherswill consider the myriad and diverse applications of Mathematics,in areas such as finance or quantum information. The truth is thatMathematics encompasses all these and more, because each perspectiveis fundamentally linked to the others.Mathematics at Royal HollowayWhatever your taste in Mathematics, we have something to suit you.Every mathematician needs a basic tool-kit of mathematical methods (likethe basic algebra and calculus at A-level) which are developed furtherat university, but the way you build on this foundation depends on yourinterests. You can choose to study pure mathematics in more depth: thestructures of algebra, the rigorous foundation for the limiting processesof calculus, or the theory of numbers. You can learn about mathematicalmodelling – translating real-life problems into mathematical equations,and then solving those equations, for example in fluid dynamics, specialrelativity, or quantum mechanics. Other areas of study include discretemathematics, statistics, cryptography and financial mathematics.General course informationMathematics can be taken on its own or in various combinations withother subjects. Both the four-year MSci degree (G103) and the three yearBSc degree (G100) in Mathematics offer a wide range of options. Theseprovide plenty of opportunities for you to focus on your favourite areaof Mathematics or to maintain a more general combination of courses.The MSci gives you an extra year to study your chosen area in depth. TheMathematics with Statistics degree (G1G3) enables you to concentrate onthe theory and applications of statistics.FacilitiesThe Department of Mathematics is located in the McCrea Building, wherethere is a dedicated computer laboratory for students, and a range ofspecialist mathematical software is available. The adjacent Bedford Libraryhouses our large collection of Mathematics books and journals. Furthercomputing facilities (some with 24-hour access) are conveniently locatedaround the campus.Teaching and assessmentMathematics teaching at Royal Holloway was rated ‘excellent’ duringour most recent quality assessment, reflecting the care we take in thedesign and delivery of our courses. Our compact size as a departmenthelps to promote a friendly atmosphere where students can be knownas individuals. Most course material is initially presented in the formof lectures. As Mathematics is only learnt by practice, we place great90


“Wherever my future takes me, a degree in Mathematics from RoyalHolloway will hold me in good stead. The Department is really friendly.All the lecturers go out of their way to make themselves available if youhave difficulties. I play for the football club and am a presenter on thestudent radio station. These are opportunities I never thought I’d have.My time here has been thoroughly rewarding.”Tom Pierpoint, BSc Mathematicsemphasis on exercises which enable students to understand the subjectfully. In most courses these are marked and returned with feedback.Many courses also use small group tutorials, workshops or computersessions. In a typical week a student will have about 14 hours contacttime with staff and will be expected to spend at least as much time againin private study. In addition each student has a personal adviser withwhom any concerns, whether academic or personal, can be discussed.Each course is assessed in the year in which it is taught, usually by writtenexaminations, but there may be projects or reports as appropriate. Theclass of degree depends on performance in each year, except the firstyear, with the later years receiving greater weighting.Study abroadThe Department has strong international links (see page 48) and it ispossible to spend one year abroad at another university.CareersMathematics graduates are in great demand and have a wide rangeof employment prospects. Mathematicians are logical, numerate, havecareful analytical skills, and are confident in handling formulae or largedata sets. These skills are in short supply in many key areas of industry,finance and government. Professional mathematicians are found inresearch teams working on problems as diverse as aircraft design,operational research or cryptography. Many graduates also followfulfilling and rewarding careers in teaching, finance, actuarial work,accountancy and management.Postgraduate opportunitiesMany graduates go on to further study (MSc or PhD) either within theDepartment or elsewhere. Because many subjects are taught by expertsin their field, students have an excellent opportunity to progress on topostgraduate study. The Department has a thriving postgraduate researchschool and the internationally-renowned Information Security Group.We offer MSc courses in Mathematics for Applications, Mathematics ofCryptography & Communications, and Information Security.At a glanceDegree programmesG100 BSc MathematicsG103 MSci Mathematics†G1G3 Mathematics with StatisticsMathematics as a Major subjectG1R1 Mathematics with FrenchG1R2 Mathematics with GermanG1R3 Mathematics with ItalianG1N2 Mathematics with ManagementG1V5 Mathematics with PhilosophyG1R4 Mathematics with SpanishJoint degreesGG41 Computer Science & MathematicsLG11 Economics & MathematicsNG31 Finance & MathematicsGN12 Mathematics & ManagementGW13 Mathematics & MusicGF13 BSc Mathematics & PhysicsGFC3 MSci Mathematics & Physics†GC18 Mathematics & Psychology† Four-year degreeMathematics as a Minor subject with the followingMajor subjects: French (R1G1), German (R2G1),Italian (R3G1), Management (N2G1)Number of placesExpected intake 2012: 150Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 340 pointsA-level: AAB (A in Mathematics)International Baccalaureate: 35 points(6 in HL Mathematics)For international students:IELTS score: 6.0 overallAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsDr James McKeeAdmissions TutorDepartment of MathematicsRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443670MathsAdmissions@rhul.ac.uk91


Media ArtsFaculty of Artswww.rhul.ac.uk/Media-Arts/What is Media Arts?Media Arts is the study of the moving image and sound in all its forms,with the diverse spaces these media occupy, from cinema to galleryinstallation to our homes. The combination of Critical Study and MediaProduction offers the student a unique opportunity to reflect on theproduction and consumption of moving image and sound.Media Arts at Royal HollowayOur programmes develop students’ critical faculties and offer them theoption of exploring conceptual and practical skills too. The Departmentalstaff include internationally-recognised scholars in world cinema andtelevision, practitioners from all areas of the media industry, and technicalstaff with substantial industry experience. The Department’s researchprofile, ranging from pathbreaking monographs to innovative work indocumentary, fiction, and video art, reflects the diversity of its staff. Ourstudents enter an intellectually and culturally rich environment supportedby excellent facilities. Staff actively encourage students to pursueextracurricular activities related to their studies. Media Arts graduatesare well equipped for employment in media and related industries, inteaching, and for further academic research.General course informationThe Department of Media Arts offers four undergraduate degrees: BAMedia Arts, BA Film & Television Studies, BA Film & Television Studieswith Philosophy, and BA Media & Management*.BA Media Arts combines analytical study with practical production of awide range of material, including drama, documentaries, performancepieces and art projects. Fundamental to the degree is understanding,critically evaluating, acquiring and learning to use an audio-visuallanguage. We believe that working in the media demands an ability toanalyse and judge film and television texts as a necessary counterpartto creating them. The degree incorporates the study of both film andtelevision, tracing the development of European, American and worldcinemas, and British and some American television, in their artistic,cultural, and institutional contexts.BA Film & Television Studies offers students a comprehensive groundingin the history, theory and analysis of moving image media, and theopportunity to develop their own appreciation and understandingof film and television’s rich and diverse artistic, social and politicaltraditions. With a particular emphasis on Hollywood and Europeancinemas and UK television, the course also affords ample scope for thestudy of non-Western cinemas, global television and non-narrative andexperimental film.BA Media & Management* is a new joint major with an equalweighting split between Media Practical Production, including: Drama,Documentary, Sound Design, Multi-camera Studio Web Broadcast,Producing, Screenwriting and Contemporary Media Art, with modulesoffered by the Management School including: Management andthe Modern Corporation, Accounting for Management, MarketingManagement, Human Resource Management, Advertising & Promotionin Brand Marketing and E-commerce. From a Media viewpoint, webelieve that the future of the creative industries will not be confined tothe traditional creation/transmission/distribution outputs of the 20thcentury. A significant proportion of future created product will beproduced by individuals or small, web-based production companiesand that to a certain extent, web-based broadcast material willbecome a testing ground for material considered for digital broadcast.A combined pathway with Management will provide a graduate with acombined skill-set that would enable them to fully exploit the potentialof these developing markets.(*subject to validation)FacilitiesThe Media Arts Williams Building houses seminar spaces, equipmenthire room, media transfer facilities, a large Television Studio andProduction Control Room, Final Cut Pro and Avid Editing suites, a SoundStudio, and two Media Labs. Media Arts students have access to ourediting facilities 24-hours a day during term-time.The Media Arts experienceThe practical courses on our BA Media Arts degree programmefocus on the development of creative decision makers, producers,directors, writers, sound designers and experimental filmmakers.While their emphasis is on creativity, our courses help you become anintellectually-informed, technically-skilled creator. The first year of thecourse is a foundation for your future study with all areas of learningbeing compulsory. From the second year onwards students may study92


“Media Arts is an altogether unique course with its emphasis onfilm and television as forms of art and its balance of theoreticaland practical tuition. As a student, you are given so much choicein what you study, with enthusiastic and inspiring tutors tosupport you along the way. The knowledge and skills gained fromthis course are invaluable for anyone wanting to work in mediaproduction or research.”Chris Marnoch, BA Media ArtsAt a glanceDegree programmesW620 Film & Television StudiesW6V5 Film & Television Studies with PhilosophyW625 Media ArtsMedia & Management** subject to validationNumber of places2012: 100 (approximately)Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 320 pointsA-level: ABBBTEC National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, DistinctionInternational Baccalaureate: 34 pointsFor international students:IELTS score: 6.5 overall with 7 in writingoptions that include: Directing Screen Fiction, Producing Film & TV,Creative Sound Design, Contemporary Media Art, Screenwriting, StudioPerformance, and Documentary. During the three-year programme,students can create a substantial portfolio of work within theirchosen options. A similar approach is adopted in theory courses,where options may include: World Cinema, European Cinema, Post-Classical Hollywood, Television Histories, Gender, Sexuality & Cinema,Representations of the City, and many more. These courses help youdevelop as an independent critical thinker, able to make informedanalyses of media content and well equipped on graduation to go onto further research. BA Film & Television Studies students enjoy thefull range of theory courses taught in the Department, plus exclusiveoptions such as Introduction to Narrative, as well as selected coursestaught by cinema specialists in the School of Modern Languages.Admissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsKishore VermaAdmissions TutorDepartment of Media ArtsRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 44 3734F: +44 (0)1784 44 3832MediaArts@rhul.ac.ukTeaching and assessmentThe Department of Media Arts uses a range of teaching methodsincluding lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, partnering formalteaching and private study. Most of your work, practical and theoretical,in the second and third years will be in small groups (maximum size15). In addition, on the BA Media Arts you can expect to spend a gooddeal of time working in groups on practical projects and productions.All courses are assessed on completion with the final degree resultweighted on the second and final year marks. Assessment is carriedout by a combination of written papers, extended essays, assessedcoursework and, for BA Media Arts, a portfolio of practical work.CareersThe Department of Media Arts offers rigorous degree programmeswhich can prepare you for a broad range of careers. In recent yearsgraduates have entered many different media-related fields, includingterrestrial and satellite broadcasting, film and television production,information technology, and design. Our graduates number music videodirectors, casting agents, Hollywood script supervisors, independentdocumentary filmmakers, web designers, screenwriters and directors.Many graduates have also progressed to advanced postgraduate studyin a variety of fields.93


Modern Languages, Literatures and CulturesFaculty of Artswww.rhul.ac.uk/Modern Languages/Modern LanguagesThe School of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures brings togetherthe four language subjects at Royal Holloway – French, German, HispanicStudies and Italian – for a wide range of degree programmes. Togetherthey offer you a long-established record of excellence in teachingand research in repeated national assessment exercises, togetherwith a commitment to communicative language teaching and to thedevelopment of new interdisciplinary cultural courses.The degree programmes detailed on these pages are stimulating anddynamic innovations at Royal Holloway which embrace some of themost exciting features of European languages and culture.Each language subject has a separate entry in this Prospectus which youshould consult in conjunction with these pages.Degree programmesFrench & German (RR12), French & Italian (RR13), French &Spanish (RR14), German & Italian (RR23), German & Spanish(RR24), Italian & Spanish (RR34)Joint degrees in any two of the four languages we offer give youthe opportunity to reach fluency in your chosen languages and learnabout the different cultures they express. In addition to choosingcourses in the individual language departments, you can selectoptions from a wide range of Modern Languages, Literatures &Cultures courses that enable you to study the cinema, culture andliterature of both languages together. Your third year abroad wouldnormally be split between two countries where different languagesare spoken.French (R1P3)/German (R2P3)/Italian (R3P3)/Spanish (R4P3) withFilm StudiesFilm Studies features as part of a four-year Major-Minor programmeinvolving each of the four languages with a Minor unit in Film Studies(Film Studies is also available with CLC). Working with dedicated andrecognised film experts, you take three units in each year within yourchosen language and one unit of Film Studies.French (R1LF)/German (R2LF)/Italian (R3LF)/Spanish (R4L2)with International Relations and Multilingual Studies withInternational Relations (Q1L2)These challenging combinations of language study with InternationalRelations are for those students who are keen to develop theirknowledge of ‘political’ Europe and beyond in a structured way, aswell as to develop a fluency in a European language or languages.Multilingual Studies (R991)Multilingual Studies is a four-year degree programme that has beendesigned to meet the needs of those whose career plans and interestsfocus on the language acquisition side of our discipline. You can takeany three of the four languages we offer and will study your threechosen languages each year in intensive courses, taught in part orwholly by native speakers and complemented by multimedia and audiovisualsupport. The core language element will constitute three quartersof your studies, leaving one quarter each year to devote to the cultureof your language areas.By the time you graduate you can expect to be fluent in three keymodern languages as well as English and equally at home writing,reading, speaking, and listening. You will have developed anunderstanding of the cultures that express themselves in your chosenlanguages, and the adaptability to function comfortably living abroad.During your year abroad you can spend time in at least two, possiblythree different countries.FacilitiesIn the award-winning International Building, our students have accessto state-of-the-art language-learning facilities both for private studyand classes. The College’s two libraries have extensive collections ofbooks and audio-visual materials, a wide selection of newspapers andmagazines and terminals for exploiting our impressive range of onlineinformation and e-learning resources. The University of London’s centralfacilities are also open to you.Period of Residence AbroadStudents of a European language benefit from spending one year in acompletely different environment and gain new skills, experience andcontacts which can be invaluable after graduation. The year abroad isan integrated and fully accredited part of the degree programme, andthe two units of study completed during that period contribute towardsthe final degree result. It may be spent in a variety of ways: studyingat university, teaching in a school or on a work placement in otherapproved paid employment. Within this framework, we try to tailor eachstudent’s year to suit their interests and career plans. Students takingtwo modern languages jointly can split the year between two countries– and those taking Multilingual Studies are recommended to add asummer vacation in the country of their third language.French (R1V5)/German (R2V5)/Italian (R3V5)/Spanish (R4V5) withPhilosophy and French (RV15)/German (RV25)/Italian (RV35)/Spanish (RV45) and PhilosophyThe Modern Languages with/and Philosophy degrees offer students theopportunity to explore current thinking on the aims and values whichshould inform human life and is specifically designed to give studentsaccess to key ideas and debates that are relevant to other subjects.For the full range of Joint Honours or Major/Minor degreesin a modern language and another subject, see the individuallanguage pages overleaf.94


“Having studied Spanish and French at A-level, I was looking forthe chance to start another language. The Multilingual Studiescourse offered me just that. The Italian course for beginners isimmensely interesting and challenging, taught by native speakers.I know I’ve made the right choice and I’m looking forward to thebest years of my life.”Chris Jenkins, BA Multilingual StudiesComparative Literature and CultureIn an increasingly globalised world, it is becoming an ever more valuableskill to be aware of, and sensitive to, cultural difference. The excitingnew Comparative Literature and Culture (CLC) degree programme atRoyal Holloway brings together the best of teaching from across thefour language areas on offer at the School of Modern Languages,Literatures and Cultures. The CLC programme is designed to meet theneeds of students with an interest in European culture who wish tostudy it through the medium of English. The options courses on offercover a wide range of material, including literature, film, visual culture,theatre, history, and philosophy. Those Joint Honours students takingCLC with a language will be able to spend their third year abroad;Single Honours CLC and CLC combined with English, Film Studies andPhilosophy are three-year programmes.General course informationIn addition to Single Honours CLC, students here have the chanceto combine their study of comparative literature and culture with awide variety of other subjects, including other languages, English,Philosophy and Film Studies. At the heart of CLC are the core literatureand thought courses, taught by specialists from across the School,which allow students to develop key skills of comparatism and criticalthinking. Alongside these compulsory courses, students choose theirremaining units from a selection of cultural options courses offered byspecialist lecturers in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Film Studiesand taught through the medium of English. All our courses are builtaround the progressive acquisition of essential skills such as writing andcritical analysis which can be transferred to other areas of academic andprofessional activity.Teaching and assessmentTeaching on the CLC programme takes on a variety of forms, from largelectures to small seminars. Assessment is by a mixture of coursework,in-class presentations, e-learning exercises and end-of-year examinationin varying proportions, depending on your course choices. Final-yearstudents write a dissertation on a subject of their choice, independentlyresearched under guidance from their supervisor.CareersSince CLC is such a new degree programme, we have no CLC alumni asyet. However, graduates from across the School of Modern Languages,Literatures and Cultures have been in great demand by employersfor their intellectual training, communication skills, adaptability andintercultural awareness, all of which are fostered and developed by theCLC programme. Students from the School usually find employment insuch areas as personnel, tourism, sales and marketing, the media, thelaw, journalism and teaching. Many go on to study for postgraduatedegrees and diplomas.At a glanceModern Language degree programmesFor the full range of degrees involving French, German, Italianand Hispanic Studies, along with UCAS codes and typicaloffers, please refer to individual language pages overleaf.For information on studying these languages as part of aEuropean Studies degree, please see European Studies onpage 82.Comparative Literature and Culture degree programmesQ200 Comparative Literature and CultureComparative Literature and Culture as a major subjectQ2P3 Comparative Literature and Culture with Film StudiesQ2V5 Comparative Literature and Culture with PhilosophyJoint degreesQR21 Comparative Literature and Culture & FrenchQR22 Comparative Literature and Culture & GermanQR23 Comparative Literature and Culture & ItalianQR24 Comparative Literature and Culture & Hispanic StudiesQQ23 Comparative Literature and Culture & EnglishQV25 Comparative Literature and Culture & PhilosophyCLC: Number of placesExpected intake 2012: 50CLC: Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 320 pointsA-level: ABB (including at least one language or essay-basedsubject (English, History, etc).International Baccalaureate: 32 pointsFor international students: IELTS score: 6.5 overall,with 7 in writingAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsDr Timothy ChestersAdmissions TutorSchool of Modern Languages,Literatures & CulturesRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443741F: +44 (0)1784 470180timothy.chesters@rhul.ac.uk95


FrenchSchool of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultureswww.rhul.ac.uk/Modern Languages/French at Royal HollowayWe offer a wide range of integrated and innovative courses, includingthe visual image, sociolinguistics, the making of modern France,translation, cinema and literature. They are taught by leading expertsin their field and enable students to develop a very high level oflinguistic competence (spoken and written) as well as a sound criticalunderstanding of society, traditions and attitudes in France andthe French-speaking world. This combination of skills and in-depthknowledge builds the awareness of cultural difference so vital in today’sworld. We are friendly and supportive; we follow the progress of ourstudents carefully and their success matters to us.General course informationIn addition to Single Honours French for specialists, students herehave the chance to combine the advanced study of French in differentproportions with a wide variety of other subjects, including otherlanguages, English, Comparative Literature, Drama, Music, Philosophy,History, Management and International Relations. French is alsoavailable within the European Studies degree and the MultilingualStudies degree. At the heart of these programmes are the languagecourses, designed in-house in response to the needs of our students,while the choice of options allows students who wish to specialise tofocus increasingly on areas of particular interest to them. All our coursesare built around the progressive acquisition of essential skills such asoral presentations which can be transferred to other areas of academicand professional activity. Students taking French as part of a four-yeardegree spend their third year in France or a French-speaking country.Teaching and assessmentMuch of our teaching is done in small groups and, for most students,half their French courses are in the target language. The optionscourses are taught in a combination of large lectures and smallseminars in which students can explore questions in greater depthand, with the guidance of the tutor, develop their learning andanalytical skills. Assessment is by a mixture of coursework, in-classpresentations, e-learning exercises and end-of-year examination invarying proportions, depending on your course choices. Most final-yearstudents write a dissertation on a subject of their choice, independentlyresearched with the advice of their tutor.CareersOur graduates are in great demand by employers not only for theirlanguage skills but for their intellectual training, communication skills,adaptability and intercultural awareness. Our students usually findemployment in such areas as personnel, tourism, sales and marketing,the media, the law, journalism and teaching. Many go on to study forpostgraduate degrees and diplomas.At a glanceDegree programmesR120 FrenchFrench as a Major subjectR1P3 French with Film StudiesR1R2 French with GermanR1LF French with International RelationsR1R3 French with ItalianR1G1 French with MathematicsR1W3 French with MusicR1V5 French with PhilosophyR1L2 French with Political StudiesR1R4 French with SpanishJoint degreesQR21 Comparative Literature & Culture & FrenchQR31 English & FrenchRQ18 French & Classical StudiesRW14 French & DramaRR12 French & GermanRQ17 French & GreekRV11 French & HistoryRR13 French & ItalianRQ16 French & LatinRN12 French & ManagementRW13 French & MusicRV15 French & PhilosophyRR14 French & SpanishFrench as a Minor Subject with the following Major Subjects:Computer Science (G4R1), Economics (L1R1), German (R2R1),Italian (R3R1), Mathematics (G1R1), Music (W3R1), Spanish (R4R1)Number of placesExpected intake 2012: 90Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 300–320 pointsA-level: ABB/BBB (B in French)International Baccalaureate: 34/32 points(French 6 at Higher Level)For international students: IELTS score: 6.5 overallAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsSee page 9596


GermanSchool of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultureswww.rhul.ac.uk/Modern Languages/German at Royal HollowayGerman at Royal Holloway has established an international reputationfor teaching and research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exerciseour quality was confirmed: we were ranked, in the tables publishedby both the Guardian and Times Higher Education, joint second inthe UK. Through our undergraduate programmes, we aim to give ourstudents the reliable language skills sought by many potential employersin Britain and abroad, as well as an understanding of Germany andits unique characteristics – the politics, culture, history and ideas –that have established its special place in modern Europe. All staff arecommitted to participating at the highest international levels in researchand in the development of their disciplines, and this is an essential basisfor our high standards of teaching.General course informationAll degree programmes in German have a practical languagecomponent, which normally forms between 25 percent and 50 percentof your degree, depending on your programme. Over the four years ofyour degree, the language courses (in conjunction with the year abroad)aim to make every student fluent in spoken German, confidently able toread, understand and analyse a range of authentic German writing, andequipped to write modern, idiomatic German easily and accurately.There is considerable choice for your non-language options, based onthree main strands: literature, philosophy, and history. Single Honoursand German Major students may follow all three pathways; JointHonours students will usually follow two of these.Teaching and assessmentMost of our German courses are taught in seminars or tutorials, ingroups small enough to allow the active exchange of ideas with yourtutors and other students. Both German and English are used as thelanguage for teaching. Courses are assessed by a combination ofcoursework and an end-of-year examination or dissertation. Languagecourses have a significant assessed oral/aural component, examinedevery year.CareersA degree in one of the most important modern European languagesleads to a wide variety of careers. Many graduates move into businessor commerce, train in law or accountancy, join the Civil Service or theForeign Office, or gain teaching qualifications. Two German graduatesbecame Westminster Members of Parliament. Others have careers inGCHQ, Austrian radio, the music business, advertising and journalism.A significant number of students have also pursued further study atGerman or Austrian universities or completed postgraduate degrees atRoyal Holloway and elsewhere.At a glanceDegree programmesR220 GermanGerman as a Major subjectR2P3 German with Film StudiesR2R1 German with FrenchR2V1 German with HistoryR2LF German with International RelationsR2R3 German with ItalianR2G1 German with MathematicsR2W3 German with MusicR2V5 German with PhilosophyR2L2 German with Political StudiesR2R4 German with SpanishJoint degreesQR22 Comparative Literature & Culture & GermanWR42 Drama & GermanQR32 English & GermanRR12 French & GermanRQ28 German & Classical StudiesRQ27 German & GreekRV21 German & HistoryRR23 German & ItalianRQ26 German & LatinRN22 German & ManagementRW23 German & MusicRV25 German & PhilosophyRR24 German & SpanishGerman as a Minor subject with the following Major subjects:Economics (L1R2), French (R1R2), Italian (R3R2), Mathematics(G1R2), Music (W3R2), Spanish (R4R2)Number of placesExpected intake 2012: 35Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 300–320 pointsA-level: ABB/BBB (B in a modern language)International Baccalaureate: 34/32 points(including a European language at Higher Level 6)For international students: IELTS score: 6.5 overallAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsSee page 9597


Hispanic StudiesSchool of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultureswww.rhul.ac.uk/Modern Languages/Hispanic Studies at Royal HollowayHispanic Studies at Royal Holloway offers in-depth study of one of theworld’s most widely-spoken languages and the cultures of Spain andLatin America. We offer a wide range of degree programmes taughtby leading experts in their fields. Our approach to the study of Hispaniccultures combines discussion-based sessions with elements of the moretraditional university lecture. Our language teaching is both innovativeand strongly communicative in focus. Hispanic Studies students enjoyaccess to state-of-the-art multimedia support facilities. We prideourselves on encouraging the kind of friendly and informal atmospherewe regard as essential if our students are to derive the maximumbenefit and enjoyment from their time with us.General course informationOur language pathways are designed for all entry levels from completebeginners in Spanish to those with A2 Spanish and even nativespeakers. All language courses are examined via a combination ofcoursework, oral examination and a written examination in theSummer Term.Variety of content is perhaps the salient feature of the wide range ofcourses available. Literature, film, the visual arts and history are coveredin different combinations. First-year courses designed to introducestudents to Hispanic culture include, for example, Text and Image inthe Hispanic World, and Culture and Identity in Latin America. Secondand final-year courses include among others: Constructing Identity inContemporary Spanish Film; 20th-century Mexican Visual Arts and Film;Gender and National Identities in Spanish Literature and Film; Cultureand Society in Golden-Age Spain; Contemporary Mexican Cinema;Conflict in 20th-century Latin American Literature and Culture and,for those interested in Spanish history, Spain 1898–1939, and Spain1939 to the Present. Most cultural courses are examined entirely bycoursework rather than by written examination in the Summer Term.CareersOur graduates go on to a wide range of careers in commerce andindustry, journalism, sales and marketing, tourism, and the Civil Serviceor Foreign Office. Others go on to obtain professional qualifications inmanagement, banking, teaching, accounting, computing, translatingand interpreting or law. Whatever the career chosen, students areincreasingly finding that an in-depth knowledge of other languages andcultures is regarded as a powerful, even decisive part of the valuableportfolio of transferable skills which the Royal Holloway ModernLanguages graduate is able to offer employers.At a glanceDegree programmesR400 SpanishSpanish as a Major subjectR4P3 Spanish with Film StudiesR4R1 Spanish with FrenchR4R2 Spanish with GermanR4V1 Spanish with HistoryR4L2 Spanish with International RelationsR4R3 Spanish with ItalianR4W3 Spanish with MusicR4V5 Spanish with PhilosophyJoint degreesQR24 Comparative Literature & Culture & SpanishQR34 English & SpanishRR14 French & SpanishRR24 German & SpanishVR14 History & SpanishRR34 Italian & SpanishNR24 Management & SpanishRV45 Philosophy & SpanishSpanish as a Minor subject with the following Major subjects:Economics (L1R4), French (R1R4), German (R2R4), History(V1R4), Italian (R3R4), Mathematics (G1R4), Music (W3R4)Number of placesExpected intake 2012: 60Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 300–320 pointsA-level: ABB/BBB (B in a modern language)International Baccalaureate: 34/32 points(including a European Language at Higher Level 6)For international students: IELTS score: 6.5 overallAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsSee page 9598


ItalianSchool of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultureswww.rhul.ac.uk/Modern Languages/Italian at Royal HollowayRoyal Holloway is one of only two Colleges in the University of Londonoffering Italian. Lively and friendly, we offer you the broadest range ofresearch and teaching interests – Dante, the Renaissance, music andopera, cinema, literature, and politics, as well as postcolonial studiesand the visual arts. Courses include The Heritage of Dante and theRenaissance; Opera and Operatic Culture; Italian Cinema; Italian Fashionand Design; and Postmodernism in the Italian Novel. And there are lotsmore!Our degrees aim to develop fluency, communication and translationskills in the language and we offer special beginners’ language coursesfor linguistically able students, as well as courses for students withadvanced Italian.General course informationWe welcome students for Single Honours Italian and Italian as a Major,Minor or Joint subject. Italian Major programmes include those withother languages, Philosophy, Film Studies, Politics and InternationalRelations. Our attractive range of Joint Honours programmes includesEnglish, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Management, Music,Classics, Comparative Literature and Drama. Italian is also availablewithin the European Studies degree (see page 82) and the MultilingualStudies degree (see page 94).Teaching and assessmentLanguage groups vary in size between eight for oral work and 15for written skills, whilst content courses are delivered through acombination of lectures, group seminars and tutorials. Beginners’ Italianfor keen linguists is taken by nearly half of our first-year intake. Severalcultural content courses in each year of study are assessed purely oncoursework, including, in some cases, a presentation element. Othercourses retain a combination of coursework and examination. Languagework is assessed by coursework, examination and a spoken Italian test.There is a zero weighting for year one to allow you to acquire soundfoundational knowledge and skills. The weighting of marks begins fromyear two onwards and increases in the final year.CareersOur graduates find employment in Britain, Italy and elsewhere, in awide variety of professions and industries including the arts, publishing,sales and marketing, Civil Service and teaching. Some embark onfurther training in translating and interpreting, accountancy, banking,management and law. Others go on to postgraduate study.At a glanceDegree programmesR310 ItalianItalian as a Major subjectR3P3 Italian with Film StudiesR3R1 Italian with FrenchR3R2 Italian with GermanR3LF Italian with International RelationsR3G1 Italian with MathematicsR3W3 Italian with MusicR3V5 Italian with PhilosophyR3L2 Italian with Political StudiesR3R4 Italian with SpanishJoint degreesQR23 Comparative Literature & Culture & ItalianQR73 Classical Studies & ItalianWR43 Drama & ItalianQR33 English & ItalianRR13 French & ItalianRR23 German & ItalianQR7H Greek & ItalianRQ36 Italian & LatinRN32 Italian & ManagementRW33 Italian & MusicRV35 Italian & PhilosophyRR34 Italian & SpanishItalian as a Minor subject with the following Major subjects:Economics (L1R3), French (R1R3), German (R2R3), Mathematics(G1R3), Music (W3R3), Spanish (R4R3)Number of placesExpected intake 2012: 35Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 300–320 pointsA-level: ABB/BBB (B in a modern language)International Baccalaureate: 34/32 points(including a European Language at Higher Level 6)For international students: IELTS score: 6.5 overallAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsSee page 9599


MusicFaculty of Artswww.rhul.ac.uk/Music/Studying Music at universityStudying Music at university is an opportunity to expand yourknowledge of music from a variety of perspectives, including historical,global, practical and contemporary standpoints. You can develop yourskills in music history and theory, world music, composition, musictechnology and performance, all within a framework that rewardsserious intellectual engagement with various forms of music in themany spaces that it occupies in today’s world.Music at Royal HollowayThe nationally and internationally-renowned Department of Music atRoyal Holloway is one of the UK’s largest university Music departments.We were rated top department in the UK in the 2008 ResearchAssessment Exercise and awarded the highest grade of 5* in thetwo previous assessment exercises (1996 and 2001) reflecting theoutstanding international quality of our research. Our teaching at bothundergraduate and postgraduate levels has been consistently at theforefront of the discipline.Our annual undergraduate intake is around 65 (full-time equivalents)on Single and Joint Honours programmes; we have approximately 70postgraduates registered at any one time.With a lively concert life of its own, Royal Holloway also benefits frombeing only 40 minutes by train from London’s South Bank Centre andWest End.General course informationFor Single Honours Music you will follow courses which give youglobal, historical and practical perspectives on music. Courses introduceyou to various themes within historical studies, world music studies,contemporary music studies, compositional techniques, performancestudies, popular music studies, and music technology. Depending onyour second and final-year course choices, you can equally fashionyourself a degree with a strength or specialisation in performance,historical studies, composition, world music, or theory and practice ofmusic and the moving image.FacilitiesIn addition to extensive facilities elsewhere on campus, includingperformance venues such as the Windsor Building Concert Halland the historic Picture Gallery and Chapel, the Music Departmentbenefits from a range of specialist facilities. Wettons Terrace contains15 networked workstations offering internet access, word processingand Sibelius. Practice rooms are housed in Woodlands, WoodlandsCottage and Garden Lodge. The North Tower of the Founder’s Buildingaccommodates the Sundanese gamelan, Andean instruments andstudios for upper-level courses in Music IT and composition. TheDepartment has recently invested in a completely renewed stock ofSteinway and Steinway-designed pianos, and owns a number of replicaRenaissance and Baroque instruments.Performance opportunitiesThe College offers a rich and diverse range of opportunities forperformance. Within its programme, the Symphony Orchestra presentsan annual concert at St. John’s, Smith Square in London, and theDepartment also runs the Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonietta (forNew Music), an Andean Band, and a Gamelan Orchestra (GamelanPuloganti). In addition to the Big Band, Philharmonic Orchestra andthe many student-run Music Dramatic societies, various other groupsperiodically come into being (Jazz, Early Music, Baroque ensemblesand so on), depending on the interests of current members of theDepartment, both students and staff. The College also enjoys adistinguished reputation for vocal music, its regular vocal ensemblescomprising the Chorus, Chamber Choir and Chapel Choir; the ChapelChoir sings regularly in the College and outside, records with leadingrecord labels, broadcasts on the BBC, and engages in tours abroad.Further opportunitiesThrough Erasmus/Socrates and other international links maintainedby the Department and College, it is possible to spend time abroad atone of a number of universities in Europe and beyond (Canada, USA,Australasia) either as an integral part of your degree programme or fora period inserted within it. Students visiting the Department from suchpartner institutions in turn bring an international dimension to activitiesat Royal Holloway.100


“In the Music Department, a good balance is struck between theacademic and practical study of Music. Talented and friendly lecturersnever fail to inspire, and it seems impossible to resist participating ina wide spectrum of extra-curricular activities. I am a member of theChapel Choir, which sings daily in the beautiful College Chapel, andhave directed the New Music Ensemble, whose repertoire includestoday’s music and foresees tomorrow’s.”Jules Omura, BA French & MusicTeaching and assessmentTeaching in the Music Department is organised around a mixture oflectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes. All first-year studentsand those taking performance in their second and final years alsoreceive lessons on their first instrument (or voice). A wide choice ofexcellent teachers is offered although by special arrangement studentsmay opt to study with an external teacher. Each student also has apersonal adviser. Examinations take place at the end of each year ofthe course, and each unit is assessed by a combination of coursework,written examinations, portfolio submissions and/or practical tests/recitals as appropriate.CareersRoyal Holloway’s Music graduates are successful in gaining employment.About a third go into further training in a conservatoire or university(including teacher training), a third go into music-related jobs (such asarts administration or the media) and a third go into other professions,including the civil service, accountancy, law and management.At a glanceDegree programmesW302 MusicMusic as a Major subjectW3R1 Music with FrenchW3R2 Music with GermanW3R3 Music with ItalianW3V5 Music with PhilosophyW3L2 Music with Political StudiesW3C8 Music with PsychologyW3R4 Music with SpanishJoint degreesWW43 Drama & MusicRW13 French & Music†RW23 German & Music†VW13 History & MusicRW33 Italian & Music†GW13 Mathematics & MusicWV35 Music & Philosophy† Four-year degreeMusic as a Minor subject with the following Major subjects:Economics (L1W3), French (R1W3), German (R2W3),Italian (R3W3), Physics (F3W3), Spanish (R4W3)Number of placesExpected intake 2012: 65 FTE (= about 80 students)Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 340 pointsA-level: AAB (A in Music and in the second subject for jointdegrees)BTEC National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, DistinctionInternational Baccalaureate: 35 points (including 6 in HL Music)For international students:IELTS score: 6.5 with 7 in writingJoint degreesDrama & Music A-level: AAB (A in Music and Drama)French & Music A-level: AAB (A in Music and French)German & Music A-level: AAB (A in Music and German)History & Music A-level: AAB (A in Music and History)Italian & Music A-level: AAB (A in Music and Italian)Mathematics & Music A-level: AAB (A in Music and Mathematics)Music & Philosophy A-level: AABAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsDr Helen DeemingAdmissions TutorDepartment of MusicRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443532F: +44 (0)1784 439441music.admissions@rhul.ac.uk101


PhilosophyFaculty of Artswww.rhul.ac.uk/classicsandphilosophy/Philosophy TodayIn a world of increasingly serious disagreements about which aims andvalues should inform human life, the need for philosophical reflectionon the concepts employed in the study of all areas of human culturehas never been greater. However, university Philosophy often tends tobe a very specialised, technical subject these days which can sometimesbe hard to connect to other disciplines. Philosophy at Royal Hollowayis therefore specifically intended to give you access to key ideas anddebates that are relevant to other subjects, both in the arts andhumanities and in the natural sciences.Philosophy at Royal HollowayWhereas many university Philosophy courses are mainly concernedeither with the Anglo-American tradition of ‘analytic’ philosophy, orwith the tradition of ‘European/Continental’ philosophy, the PhilosophyDegree at Royal Holloway focuses on both traditions and on theirconnections to each other. This means you will learn to connectphilosophy to the history which helped to give rise to it, to analysephilosophical and other arguments, and to think critically about theways in which philosophers and others have interpreted the world.The core staff teaching Philosophy have published major books on keyphilosophical topics and are internationally recognised authorities intheir research areas.No previous experience of Philosophy is necessary, just the desire tothink rigorously and in detail about how we understand the world.General course informationOur degrees are open to any students who have an interest inphilosophical issues, whatever subjects they have previously studied,and are available on a part-time basis. Our first year courses are speciallydesigned to introduce students to the main issues in philosophy.Courses in the second and third years include Mind and World;European Philosophy 1–4; Varieties of Scepticism; Philosophy and theArts; Recovering Reality; The Self and Others.FacilitiesStudents have access to two libraries on campus, which offer extensivematerial both in book and electronic form, and to the Senate Houselibrary in central London.Teaching and assessmentTeaching is organised through a mixture of lectures, seminars, andindividual tutorials. Most teaching takes place in and around theDepartment. Seminars develop students’ self-confidence through oralpresentations.Courses are assessed by either coursework or written examinations, orboth.CareersPhilosophy degrees are well-regarded by employers because they giveyou the capacity to think through issues and problems in a logical andconsistent way, and develop critical skills which can be applied in almostany area of employment, from computing to the arts. Our degrees alsoprepare students well for postgraduate study, not just in Philosophy.At a glanceDegree programmesSubjects that allow you to take the Philosophy Minor:V1V5 Ancient History with PhilosophyQ9V5 Classical Studies with PhilosophyQ8V5 Classics with PhilosophyQ2V5 Comparative Literature and Culture with PhilosophyW4V5 Drama with PhilosophyR1V5 French with PhilosophyR2V5 German with PhilosophyR3V5 Italian with PhilosophyG1V5 Mathematics with PhilosophyW6V5 Film and Television Studies with PhilosophyW3V5 Music with PhilosophyF3V5 Physics with PhilosophyL2V5 Politics with PhilosophyR4V5 Spanish with PhilosophyIf you’re taking Philosophy as part of a Joint Honours degree(‘and’ Philosophy), one half (0.5) of your degree will be spenttaking philosophy courses and one half taking courses from yourother subject. Subjects that can be combined with Philosophy:VV15 Ancient History & PhilosophyQV85 Classics & PhilosophyQV8M Classical Studies & PhilosophyQV25 Comparative Literature and Culture & PhilosophyWV45 Drama & PhilosophyQV35 English & PhilosophyRV15 French & PhilosophyRV25 German & PhilosophyRV35 Italian & PhilosophyRV45 Philosophy & SpanishWV35 Music & PhilosophyLV25 Philosophy, Politics and International RelationsNumber of placesExpected intake 2012: 30Typical offersOffers will vary depending on the typical offers of the subjectwith which you are combining Philosophy. Please check thepages for these subjects as appropriate.Admissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsDr Neil GascoignePhilosophy Programme DirectorDepartment of Classics & PhilosophyRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EXT +44 (0) 1784 276451F +44 (0) 1784 276435neil.gascoigne@rhul.ac.uk102


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PhysicsFaculty of Sciencewww.rhul.ac.uk/Physics/Studying Physics at universityThe study of Physics is exciting. It is fundamental in understandingthe world around us, from explaining the origins of the universeto developing the technology of tomorrow. The study of Physicsdevelops clarity and flexibility of thought within a logical and analyticalframework and promotes advanced conceptual understanding. Theattraction of Physics is often the desire for insight and understandingof the fundamental workings of nature. A degree in Physics is proof ofa strong, versatile scientific education incorporating problem solvingand communication skills together with enhanced mathematical andpractical abilities that future employers find very attractive. Above all,the study of Physics is fun, enjoyable and deeply satisfying.Physics at Royal HollowayRoyal Holloway is one of the major centres for Physics teachingand research in the University of London. The Department has anoutstanding reputation, with more than half of the department’sresearch rated in the top categories of internationally excellent or worldleading in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. We regularly appearvery highly rated in university league tables. In the National StudentSurvey (the only survey of universities based on educational standards)we have been consistently ranked among the highest departments sinceit began. In the Guardian University Guide we were ranked in2nd place in 2011.Our research includes high energy and particle physics; emergentphenomena in condensed matter physics; low temperature,superconducting and superfluid physics; nanophysics andnanotechnology; quantum devices; machine vision & signal processingand theoretical physics.Our teaching emphasises the study of modern physics within atraditional, high-quality framework. We are proud of our capable andemployable graduates and of our record.General course informationWe maintain a medium-sized department with an excellent staffstudentratio, a friendly atmosphere and individual attention that ishighly conducive to learning. We offer both three-year BSc and fouryearMSci undergraduate honours programmes. The MSci degree inPhysics (F303) is the most popular undergraduate course. MSci degreesare recommended for those who wish to proceed to postgraduatestudy, to retain a long-term commitment to Physics or to a technicalcareer or for those who simply wish to undertake a broader and deeperstudy of the subject. Degree programmes in the Department of Physicsare based on a course unit system, which combines a coherent setof core courses with a choice of options. The fourth year is taught incollaboration with three other University of London colleges: King’s,Queen Mary, and University College, providing a choice of options thatrivals the UK’s largest teaching departments.We offer a comprehensive range of undergraduate degrees. Forexample, F303 Physics includes both experimental and theoreticalaspects of the subject together with core material such as quantummechanics, relativity, electromagnetism, mathematical and computertechniques and a major experimental project in the final year.F321 Theoretical Physics emphasises mathematics for physicists,computational physics and includes a theoretical project. TheAstrophysics courses cover the physics of astronomical objects,observational astronomy and theoretical cosmology together with anastrophysics based final year project. F372 Physics with Particle Physicscovers in more depth the physics of the fundamental constituents ofmatter, accelerator and detector technology and includes a field trip toan international particle physics facility such as CERN (Geneva). Jointcourses (50/50) and Physics courses with Minor subjects (75/25) allowfor mixing of Physics with another interest such as Music, or Philosophy.There are many opportunities for summer internships in Physics orPhysics related areas, either via the South East Physics Network (SEPNet)or through our many links with international research laboratories andthe National Physical Laboratory (NPL).104


“I decided to study here because I was very impressed by thewide range of options available and the excellent reputation. Thestaff have an ‘open door’ approach, so individual help is not aproblem. In my final year I worked on an experimental project toimage human tissue using low temperature quantum devices inone of the research groups. This was very exciting and I chose tocontinue this project as a PhD student.”Aya Shibahara, MSci and PhD PhysicsFacilitiesThe Department consists of two purpose-built interconnected buildings.The Tolansky Building contains extensive nanofabrication and cleanroom laboratories, sample growth facilities, well-equipped teachinglaboratories and a popular Resources Room, where undergraduates,postgraduates and staff congregate informally. The Wilson Buildingcontains the low temperature laboratories with extensive cryogenicfacilities, the particle physics GRID computers as well as nanophysicsand quantum device laboratories. An astronomical dome, dedicated toteaching, includes computer controlled optical and radio telescopes andscintillator arrays for measuring cosmic rays.Teaching and assessmentTeaching is carried out by a variety of methods including lectures,problem-solving and examples classes, weekly small group tutorials andlaboratory and project work. The skills developed include those thatare fundamental and applicable to all degrees, such as communicationand computing skills. Final year projects usually take place within aresearch group and form a substantial part of the final year. Courses areexamined at the end of each academic year. A proportion of the mark isgiven, if applicable, for coursework and laboratory assignments.CareersDegrees in Physics are very highly regarded by employers and graduateemployment rates are among the highest of any subject. You mightembark on a career as a professional physicist in industry, governmentservice or higher education, but there are many other professions fora person who has been trained to understand complex data, thinklogically and critically and communicate ideas effectively. For example,Physics graduates are highly valued in the financial markets in the Cityas well as the more traditional routes of medicine, engineering andmanagement. With a good MSci degree you will also be eligible forpostgraduate studies in the UK and abroad.At a glanceDegree programmes4-Year MSci degreesF303 PhysicsF510 AstrophysicsF321 Theoretical PhysicsF372 Physics with Particle PhysicsF313 Applied Physics3-Year BSc degreesF300 PhysicsF511 AstrophysicsF340 Theoretical PhysicsF370 Physics with Particle PhysicsPhysics as a Major subjectF3W3 BSc Physics with MusicF3V5 BSc Physics with PhilosophyJoint degreesGF13 BSc Mathematics & PhysicsGFC3 MSci Mathematics & PhysicsAll Single Honours programmes in Physics are accreditedby the Institute of Physics.Number of placesExpected intake 2012: 70Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 340 points minimumA-level: AAA/ABB (including Physics & Mathematics)International Baccalaureate: 34 points (including 6/7 pointsat Higher Level in Physics & Mathematics)For international students: IELTS score: 6.5 overallAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications.Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsDr Phil MeesonAdmissions TutorDepartment of PhysicsRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham,Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443506F: +44 (0)1784 472794Physics-Admissions@rhul.ac.uk105


Politics & International RelationsFaculty of History & Social Scienceswww.rhul.ac.uk/Politics-and-IR/What is Politics & International Relations?The study of Politics and International Relations is naturallymultidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, drawing on history, sociology,philosophy and other fields in the human sciences to study how relationsof power are deployed at all levels of social life from the local to theglobal. In addition to its original focus on institutional politics withinstates and relations of war and peace among states, today the studyof politics and international relations includes exploration of complexprocesses of globalization, the activities of new social movements, NGOsand other non-state actors in the domestic and international realms,international political economy and international institutions, and therole of new media and the internet in politics. The study of politics andinternational relations provides an excellent foundation for careers ingovernment, politics, media, consultancy and much more.Politics & International Relations at Royal HollowayThe Department of Politics and International Relations at RoyalHolloway, University of London has a vibrant teaching and researchculture. Led by internationally-renowned academics working in cuttingedgeareas of research, our stimulating programmes focus on politicallife at the global, the national and the local levels. Designed to inspireand challenge, our degrees explore a range of important issues in thisdiscipline and can lead to improved career opportunities.We are a young, student-friendly and dynamic department thatoffers an exciting variety of Single and Joint Honours degrees. Ourprogrammes are flexible and combine theoretical study with thatof contemporary events and issues. The Department has particularresearch strengths in international relations, global politics, UK andEuropean politics, new political communication, and political theory,and offers exciting courses in all these areas. Foundational first andsecond year courses lead students to specialised courses in areas suchas Issues in Contemporary Europe; Great Powers and Great Debatesin International Politics; Democracy and Authoritarianism in Indiaand Pakistan; Contemporary Middle East Politics; US Foreign Policy;International Law and Conflict; Internet Politics; Democratic Theory;the Politics of Toleration; and Radical Political Theory. Our research andteaching has an international dimension reflecting our links with otheruniversities in the USA, Europe, and the Far East.The Department was ranked among the top ten small Politics andInternational Relations departments in the United Kingdom in the 2008Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), finishing 9th among departmentswith fewer than 20 researchers, and 2nd among those with fewerthan 15 researchers. Overall, 70 percent of the Department’s researchpublications were judged to be in the top three categories, from‘internationally excellent’ to ‘world leading’ in terms of their ‘originality,significance and rigour’.General course informationAll first year students complete a common package of courses toqualify them for entry to the second year of our programmes. Thisconsists of four courses: Classic and Contemporary Readings in Politicsand International Relations, Introduction to International Relations,Introduction to Politics and Government, and Introduction to ResearchMethods in Politics and International Relations.Your freedom to choose topics that suit your interests increases as youproceed through your degree. The second year consists of the maincore and optional courses in each field of study and is designed toprovide the main body of knowledge on a given topic.In their final year students take three units of advanced specialist courses andalso – as the fourth unit – write a dissertation of 8,000–9,000 words on atopic which particularly interests them within one of their fields of study.Those doing joint degrees in either Politics and/or International Relationsand subjects in other departments will have a programme structure offoundational and advanced courses in the two disciplines being studied.Teaching and assessmentTeaching varies between courses but, typically, consists of one lectureand one seminar per course, per week. Students take the equivalent offour course units each year, which means a commitment to about eighthours of formal engagement with the academic staff and each otherevery week. The remaining time each week is meant for independentstudy and research in preparation for seminars and coursework. Mostcourses are assessed by a mixture of examinations and coursework,with coursework essays representing an important means both ofproviding feedback from tutors and for assessing progress.106


“Studying in the PIR Department has been a wonderful experience. It is ayoung and dynamic department and the lecturers bring real enthusiasmto their teaching. It is extremely rewarding to be taught by active andaccomplished researchers who bring the most recent debates into theircourses. And the dynamism of the academic staff is complemented by anactive PIR Student Society. I thoroughly recommend studying here.”Yvonne Jeffery, BA Politics & International RelationsWith the exception of students on the Joint Honours degree withEconomics, all students complete a compulsory undergraduatedissertation in their final year.Study abroadStudents are encouraged to consider participating in Royal Holloway’sStudy Abroad Programme, a rewarding and enriching experience.We have arrangements with prestigious institutions in Europe, Australia,Canada, Japan, the United States, and elsewhere around the globe.Entry to the Programme is by open competition.Student societiesEach student in the Department is invited to become a member of thePolitics & International Relations Society (PIRSoc). Probably the mostactive student society on campus, PIRSoc is a student-run group thatorganises events as well as opportunities for socialising and meetingfellow students. Since 2006 it has organised teams to participate in theNational Model United Nations Conference at UN headquarters inNew York, and their record of success is impressive. There are alsoseveral other established and emerging politics-related societies oncampus, including the European Society, the UN Society, and theDiplomatic Society.Careers and postgraduate opportunitiesGraduates from the Department are well prepared for careers in boththe private and public sectors and for professional training. Careersour graduates have chosen in recent times have included the law,the civil service, accountancy, management, journalism, broadcasting,computing, teaching, and diplomacy. A significant number of ourtop graduates go on to further their study, entering postgraduateprogrammes both at Royal Holloway or in other prestigious HigherEducation institutions at home and abroad. The Department offers arange of exciting Masters streams. Following Masters study, the optionis then open to proceed to a research degree.At a glanceDegree programmesL200 PoliticsL290 Politics & International RelationsEuropean Studies (see page 82)Politics as a Major subjectL2V5 Politics with PhilosophyJoint degreesLL12 Economics, Politics & International RelationsFL82 Geography, Politics & International RelationsVL12 History & International RelationsLV25 Philosophy, Politics & International RelationsPolitics or International Relations as a Minor subjectL1L2 Economics with Political StudiesR1LF French with International RelationsR1L2 French with Political StudiesR2LF German with International RelationsR2L2 German with Political StudiesR3LF Italian with International RelationsR3L2 Italian with Political StudiesQ1L2 Multilingual Studies with International RelationsW3L2 Music with Political StudiesR4L2 Spanish with International RelationsNumber of placesExpected intake 2012: 100 (approximately)Typical offersUCAS Tariff: 340 pointsA-level: AABBTEC National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, DistinctionInternational Baccalaureate: 35 PointsFor international students:IELTS score: 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writingAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications,including Access. Please see page 114 for further information.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsProf Andrew ChadwickAdmissions TutorDepartment of Politics & International RelationsRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 414131F: +44 (0)1784 276385andrew.chadwick@rhul.ac.uk.107


PsychologyFaculty of Sciencewww.rhul.ac.uk/Psychology/What is Psychology?Psychology is the study of how people think, react and interact. It isconcerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings andmotivations that underlie such behaviour. It is an important subjectbecause it relates to the whole range of human experience, fromvisual perception to complex social interactions. Studying Psychologyinvolves learning transferable skills such as critical reading, reportwriting, interviewing, survey research, observation, measurement,experimentation and using statistics to assess the significance ofresearch findings. These skills are relevant to a wide number ofoccupational settings.Psychology at Royal HollowayAs one of the top Psychology departments in the UK, we receiveconsistently excellent ratings for the quality of our teaching. In the2010 National Student Survey we were ranked 6th in the country forstudent satisfaction (95 percent satisfied students). In the last ResearchAssessment Exercise in 2008, 70 percent of our research was classed asinternationally leading, placing us as one of the top 10 UK departmentsfor research excellence in ranked lists (Guardian and Times Higher). Weare also placed in the top 10 in the 2011 Independent University Guide.We offer a varied programme of innovative courses, equipping studentswith a wide portfolio of transferable skills. Our unique combination ofconsistent excellence in both research and teaching has enabled threequartersor more of our students to obtain first or upper-second classdegrees in recent years. Our Single Honours degree is recognised by theBritish Psychological Society for the Graduate Basis for Registration –essential for professional recognition as a psychologist.General course informationAll our degrees focus upon experimental psychology, where studentslearn about how research is conducted in different psychologicaldomains. In the final year, students work closely with members ofacademic staff to carry out research projects of their own on topics atthe cutting edge of contemporary research. The first two years of thePsychology course cover a central core of knowledge in a range of keyareas such as Research Methods, Social Psychology, DevelopmentalPsychology, Cognitive Psychology and aspects of Clinical Psychology.Students in the final year can continue to cover a broad range of fieldsof Psychology, or can choose to focus on areas of Psychology thatparticularly interest them. These different degree options are as follows:• Psychology is the core degree. This degree will give students athorough understanding of how research into human behaviour canbe conducted across different areas of Psychology without limitingstudy to any specific area. During year three students are able tostudy topics relating to cognitive and social development, languageacquisition and processing, attention and perception, as well as aselection of the topics listed below.• Applied Psychology covers fields such as health psychology,psychological problems in children and adults, social psychology,occupational psychology, criminal and forensic psychology.• Psychology, Clinical Psychology & Mental Health focuses upon thestudy of psychological problems in children and adults, as well as thestudy of how psychological factors are related to physical health andthe prevention of illness.• Psychology, Development & Developmental Disorders focuses onissues related to the study of typical and atypical child development,including the development of perceptual, cognitive and social skillsin infancy and early childhood, and developmental disorders suchas autism, Down syndrome, dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficithyperactive disorder.• Psychology, Clinical & Cognitive Neuroscience examines therelationships between the brain and higher functions such asdecision-making and consciousness, the causes, symptoms andtreatments of common brain disorders such as stroke and Parkinson’sdisease, and methods for studying the brain such as functional MRI.FacilitiesExcellent facilities are available for both teaching and research. We haveour own magnetic resonance scanner, which is used in experiments tomeasure brain activity. We also have a range of other facilities includingapparatus to stimulate focal areas in the brain (TMS), instrumentsfor recording electrical changes in the brain (EEG), technology fortracking eye movements, systems for tracking precise body movementsin very young children and adults, the ability to create virtual reality108


“I chose to come here because the Department had the reputationof being one of the best in the UK. The staff are all inspiring and,although independent thinking is highly endorsed, the studentis given support that gives them the feeling they’re not on theirown. I can look back at my years here and say that it’s been anexperience to remember and one to build my future career upon.”Marie Nathalie Miciano, BSc Psychologyenvironments and driving simulations, closed circuit TV for discreetobservation of adult, child and infant behaviour and a dedicated ‘babylab’ for studying the development of young infants.Teaching and assessmentEach week in the first two years there are around 11 hours of formalteaching, including lectures, practical classes, and small-group tutorials.Most courses are assessed by a combination of written examinationsand coursework. Progression from one year to the next is dependenton passing compulsory courses. Each student’s progress is overseenby a member of academic staff who acts as their personal adviserthroughout the degree. The work in third year is divided into courses,most with a value of half a course unit. Students study four course unitseach year and must pass at least nine in three years to qualify for theBSc degree.CareersOur Psychology degrees equip students with advanced research skills,excellent written and oral communication skills, and an understandingof human behaviour. Our graduates have entered careers as diverse asbroadcasting, publishing, journalism, banking, insurance, computing,local government and management consultancy. Many of our leaversgo on to postgraduate training, leading to professional careers inareas such as clinical, occupational, educational, health, forensic andresearch psychology.Postgraduate opportunitiesWe have a lively community of PhD students working in many differentareas of Psychology, all of whom benefit from the extensive supervisoryexpertise of our academic staff. We also run an MSc course in AppliedSocial Psychology, as well as a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology,approved by the British Psychological Society.At a glanceDegree programmesC1C8 BSc Biology with PsychologyGC18 BSc Mathematics & PsychologyW3C8 BA Music with PsychologyC800 BSc Psychology* BSc Applied Psychology* BSc Psychology, Clinical Psychology & Mental Health* BSc Psychology, Development & DevelopmentalDisorders* BSc Psychology, Clinical & Cognitive Neuroscience* Subject to validationNumber of placesExpected intake 2012: 165Typical offersA-level: AAB (excluding General Studies; all other subjectsaccepted)BTEC National Diploma: Distinctions in most final year subjectsInternational Baccalaureate: 35For international students who have not studied in the UKbefore: IELTS score: 6.5 overallAdmissions and entry requirementsApplicants to the College come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications.We actively welcome applications from mature students, all ofwhich are considered on an individual basis. Please see page114 for further information.All entrants are normally required to hold GCSE Mathematics atgrade B (or equivalent).Access: when made, our offer is usually conditional onpassing the Access course. We also require some evidence ofmathematics competence, either through possession of gradeB or higher at O’level/GCSE mathematics, or else the successfulcompletion of mathematics or statistics components of asuitable standard as part of the Access course. Note that allAccess applications are scrutinised individually and all aspectsof the UCAS application are given weight.For opportunities to visit, please see page 117.Contact detailsFaculty AdministratorDepartment of PsychologyRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443526F: +44 (0)1784 434347PSY-Enquiries@rhul.ac.uk109


The Science Foundation YearFaculty of Sciencewww.rhul.ac.uk/sciencefoundationyearThe Science Foundation Year (SFY) is the first of an integrated fouryearprogramme leading to a wide range of Single and Joint Honoursdegrees at Royal Holloway. It has been designed to enable students inthe following groups to enter Royal Holloway:• mature students – the typical applicant will have left school someyears ago and have had a job, but they are now looking to completea degree to further their career prospects, or simply for enjoyment.• students with a mixture of vocational experience and qualificationsthat are inappropriate for direct entry to a science degree atRoyal Holloway.• A-level students who have completed non-science A-levels, orthose who have not studied the appropriate combination of scienceA-levels, but who now wish to read for a science degree.• in exceptional circumstances students with appropriate scienceA-levels which are not of high enough standard for direct entry tothe first year of their chosen degree pathway at Royal Holloway.• international students who have good written and spoken English,but whose scientific knowledge is not sufficient for direct entry toRoyal Holloway.The Science Foundation Programme is taught at Strode’s College,Egham, (approximately 10 minutes walk from the College campus),where staff are highly qualified with many years of experience inteaching courses leading to higher education. Each student’s course ofstudy may vary slightly depending on their background, experience andtheir proposed degree subject specialisation but all students study threeacademic subjects and a Core Skills unit.Studying on the Science Foundation Year has many advantages. Firstly,you are a student of the University of London from the start. Thismeans that you have access to all facilities at Royal Holloway, such asthe Library, Computer Centre, Students’ Union and the many clubs andsocieties. Secondly, successful completion of the programme guaranteesa place on the degree course that you registered for. Finally, if you wishto live on campus, Royal Holloway can offer you a place in halls forthe Foundation Year and the first year of your degree (subject to yourapplication being made within the published deadlines).At a glanceDegree programmesB908 Biomedical SciencesC708 Biochemistry & Molecular SciencesC808 PsychologyC908 Biological SciencesF308 PhysicsF608 GeologyF808 GeographyG108 MathematicsG408 Computer ScienceStudents on the Foundation Year have ranged in ages from18 to 60. They have come from a number of backgrounds,but at the end have gained the necessary skills to completea University of London degree.AdmissionsApplications should be made through UCAS (see page 112).Contact detailsDr Tony SteadProgramme DirectorScience Foundation YearSchool of Biological SciencesRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKT: +44 (0)1784 443761F: +44 (0)1784 414224“I would recommend a similar course to anyone wary of going backinto education wishing to improve their prospects.”Fatmata Tarawalie, Science Foundation Year110


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The admissions processThe admissions processUniversity degrees involve at least three years of academic study, soyou need to be sure that you are making the right decisions. Once youhave read a number of prospectuses, you will probably have a goodidea about what you want to study and where. Of course, we hope youwill choose Royal Holloway, but before you make an application – andcertainly before you accept a place – it is advisable to find out more.Further informationMany of Royal Holloway’s departments produce brochures whichgive detailed information about their programmes, staff, facilities andactivities. We advise all potential applicants to read these brochures.You can also find out more on our website: www.rhul.ac.ukOpen DaysYou will find details of our Open Days on page 117. An Open Dayat Royal Holloway offers the ideal opportunity to come and see theCollege for yourself. You will have the chance to meet our students andteaching staff, and get a taste of what university life is really like. Youare welcome to visit the College at any time, but we can only guaranteethat you will be able to meet with staff from the academic departmentson an Open Day.Taster daysA number of departments offer ‘Taster Courses’ for Year 12 students.Students can choose a course they wish to attend from a wide variety ofsubject areas. Through their chosen course they will not only experiencethe different teaching methods used by university academics, but alsogain an insight into the additional facilities available and meet studentsfrom across the UK. In addition to experiencing lectures, students willalso participate in practical activities as well as meeting both staff andcurrent students. All courses are non residential and provided freeof charge. For more information and to download a brochure andapplication form, visit: www.london.ac.uk/Tasters/How to applyApplications for entry to all our full-time undergraduate degrees must bemade through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).Applications for any other degree (including postgraduate degrees,part-time degrees, Visiting Student programmes and the InternationalFoundation Programme) should be made directly to the College.In recent years a shift has seen most applications to UCAS being madeonline through the UCAS ‘apply’ system. If your school or college hasthis facility, you should submit your application through ‘apply’ usingthe school/college’s ‘buzzword’. If you are not at school, you can useone of the non-school buzzwords. For further information, call theUCAS Customer Service Unit on:+44 (0)870 1122211, or visit the UCAS website at: www.ucas.comDeadlinesUCAS can accept applications for 2012 entry after 1 September 2011and you should aim to submit your form by 15 January 2012. It is left touniversities’ discretion whether to consider applications received afterthis date. At Royal Holloway we try to consider applications which arrivelater, but pressure on places is high in many departments and it is inyour best interests to submit your application as early as possible.The UCAS DirectoryYou will find all our undergraduate degrees listed on the UCAS websiteor in the UCAS Directory. Alongside each programme is the course codeto enter on the UCAS form. The form also requires an institution codefor each choice. The code for Royal Holloway, University of London isR72, RHUL.The UCAS applicationYou can make up to five choices of institution and degree, but youshould not feel that you have to use all five. Your choices should belisted in the order in which they appear in the Directory – there is nofacility for an order of preference. Make sure you enter the codes forthe institution and degree carefully since errors will lead to delays.Up-to-date course information can be found on the UCAS website.What happens next?Copies of your application are printed and forwarded by UCAS tothe universities to which you have applied; any errors or omissionscan cause considerable delays at this stage and may prevent properconsideration of your application.Royal Holloway reserves the right to ask applicants to provide furtherinformation relating to any aspect of their application. This may includeinformation concerning entrance requirements, fee status or criminalconvictions, for example. If additional information is not provided whenrequested there may be a delay in the consideration of your application.However, under the Data Protection Act, you may request to see any ofthe information on your file, which is strictly confidential and will not bepassed to third parties without your permission.UCAS Days and interviewsIf it seems likely that you will meet the entrance requirements for adegree, you may be invited for an interview or to a Royal HollowayUCAS Day. In some cases, for example for international students, youmay be asked to submit an example of academic work or other exercise;however, wherever possible, we prefer you to visit the campus.Interviews are not intended to be nerve-wracking or daunting, butrather a chance for a department to assess whether you have thepotential to get the most from their programmes. It should be a twowayprocess and you should also ask questions. Of course there will besome academic questions, in Music there may be an audition, in Dramaa workshop session, and in the Modern Languages some conversationin the appropriate language, but there will be no attempt to catch youout or surprise you.Even if you have visited before, the interview or UCAS Day providesan opportunity to have a closer look at the College and your chosendepartment. In most cases the day will include student-led campustours, departmental tours and presentations about the department.You will have a far better idea about what you are looking for at thisstage. This is the time when you will be seriously comparing institutions– course content, academic standards, environment, atmosphere,accommodation, social life and so on – so you should find out all youneed to know.Royal Holloway has plenty to offer and we are confident that we willstand up well to any comparison.112


The offerMost offers are conditional upon examination results. You must acceptor decline the offer through UCAS and, in the case of a conditionaloffer, await your results. If you have a conditional offer and your examresults are not quite what you expected, please contact us – you maystill have been accepted, especially if you performed well at interviewand we feel you have the potential to succeed.Disabled students and students with learningdifficultiesRoyal Holloway assesses applications from disabled applicants andstudents with learning difficulties by the same academic criteria asall other candidates. However, we also give careful consideration towhether we can meet specific needs and provide the appropriatesupport, facilities and environment. We are committed to offering asmuch help as possible and have a team in our Education Support Office(see page 32) devoted to providing support. Therefore, we stronglyrecommend that all applicants in need of support make the declarationin their application in order to obtain the best advice and guidanceat the earliest possible stage. Potential applicants with disabilitiesor learning difficulties can contact the Head of Admissions prior tosubmitting an application to discuss their situation.Part-time studyThe majority of undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Hollowayare full-time. However, a number of departments offer undergraduatedegrees on a part-time basis. Departments which currently offer one(or more) undergraduate degree programme(s) are:• Biological Sciences• Classics & Philosophy• Computer Science• Earth Sciences• Geography• History• Media Arts• Politics & International Relations• PsychologyPlease contact the Admissions Tutor in the relevant departmentfor further details.113


Entrance requirementsRoyal Holloway recognises the diversity of UK and overseasqualifications that provide entry to Higher Education and warmlywelcomes applicants with a range of different qualifications.General entrance requirementsAll candidates applying to Royal Holloway are considered carefullyon their individual merits. The general entrance requirements listedbelow set the minimum academic requirements for admission toRoyal Holloway. In most cases, departmental requirements will bemuch higher, and you should refer to the admissions section of thedepartmental entries for this information, or go to UCAS Course Searchat: www.ucas.ac.uk/students/coursesearch/GCE A and Advanced SupplementaryPasses in two subjects at A-level or one subject at A-level and twosubjects at AS-level or four subjects at AS-level. Most subjects areacceptable, but there are restrictions on certain overlapping subjects.There is no general requirement that subjects must have been passed atthe same time or on a specified number of occasions.International Baccalaureate28 points with at least three subjects at Higher Level.Scottish Advanced Higher CertificateThree passes at not less than grade C.Irish Leaving Certificate (Established)Passes in five subjects at the Higher Level, at not less than grade C.BTEC NationalsA National Certificate or Diploma awarded by Edexcel Foundation(formerly BTEC) at not less than merit standard.OCR NationalsA Diploma or Extended Diploma at not less than a merit standard.Other qualificationsApplicants to Royal Holloway come from a diverse range ofbackgrounds and bring with them many different kinds of qualification.We accept other qualifications which we consider meet the academicrequirements for admission to Royal Holloway including professionalqualifications, QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Certificateor Diploma, European Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, and overseasqualifications.Royal Holloway recognises the importance of the UK government’s 14-19 curriculum and qualification reforms, including the Level 3 Diploma,and has a strong commitment to recognising the achievements ofstudents.If you have any questions about entrance requirements or alternativequalifications, the Undergraduate Admissions Office or departmentalAdmissions Tutors will always be happy to give advice.Remember that the general entrance requirements represent aminimum level of qualification: most offers of admission are madesignificantly above this level.Access to Higher Education coursesRoyal Holloway welcomes applications from students returning to studyafter time in the workplace or raising a family.We encourage some applicants returning to study to take a QAArecognisedAccess to Higher Education course. The QAA (QualityAssurance Agency for Higher Education) is the national body concernedwith monitoring standards in Higher Education. Access programmes arespecifically designed to prepare students for entry into Higher Educationand provide the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to progressto a degree course.When looking for an Access course, you should find out about itsacademic content and the teaching, study and assessment methodsused. The most appropriate Access to Higher Education courses preparestudents in all areas – so ask about preparation for essay-writing,seminar presentations and written examinations as well as about theacademic content of a course.A national database listing over 1,000 Access to Higher Educationcourses in the country is maintained by QAA and can be accessed at:www.accesstohe.ac.ukCredit transferIn some departments it may be possible for students who havecompleted (or started but not completed) degrees at other universitiesto gain admission with advanced standing to the second or, insome cases, the final year of a degree programme. In all cases ourdepartments will need to be sure that the work completed is equivalentto that covered at Royal Holloway, both in terms of the standard andthe content. Since many courses are prerequisites for progression tosubsequent courses, the syllabus followed previously will be examinedcarefully. The Admissions Office will be able to give more informationon credit transfer. In all cases, to be formally considered you must applythrough UCAS.International applicantsWe welcome applications from international students whosequalifications are equivalent to our entrance requirements.We are familiar with a variety of international qualifications andconsider applicants on an individual basis. All overseas applicants,except those for the International Foundation Programme, shouldsubmit applications through UCAS. Royal Holloway International orthe Undergraduate Admissions Office are happy to provide advice inadvance of making an application.English language requirementsIn addition to your academic qualifications, we also expect you to havea level of English language which will enable you to cope with thelinguistic demands of a degree programme if your first language is notEnglish. Our minimum requirements are usually:114


IELTSWhilst 6.5 overall is the standard, some departments accept a 6 overallthough other departments require a 7 overall. In addition to the overallscore some departments ask for a 7 in writing.TOEFL88–100 in the internet based test and some departments require awriting score of at least 25.UCLESGrade C.Royal Holloway International is able to give more detailed advice aboutEnglish language requirements.English language support will be available during your degree studies(see page 44), but if you currently fall below this level of proficiencyyou may like to consider the International Foundation Programme(see page 46).Visiting and Study Abroad studentsWe welcome applications from Visiting and Study Abroad studentswho wish to study with us as part of their degree studies at anotheruniversity. To find out more about the application process visit:www.rhul.ac.uk/international/studyabroadandexchanges/Visiting Students should not apply through UCAS.Visiting Students who wish to spend time improving their languageskills alongside academic work may be interested in the programmeslisted on page 48.115


Terms and Conditions of admissionRoyal Holloway and youA contract is formed between the College and you once you accept anoffer of a place. The terms of this contract include the following andyour acceptance of a place is subject to them:You are required as a condition of enrolment to abide by, and submitto, the College’s Statutes, Regulations and Rules, as amended from timeto time by the Council or the Academic Board. These include, withoutprejudice to the generality of that statement, the academic regulations,arrangements for hearing appeals and grievances, codes of discipline,library and computing regulations and safety rules. These regulationscan be found in our Student Handbook which is available online.Royal Holloway will use all reasonable endeavours to provide coursesand programmes of study in accordance with the descriptions set outin this Prospectus. However, this Prospectus is produced at the earliestpossible date to provide maximum assistance to intending applicants. Itis inevitable that changes will occur between the date of printing andthe start of the academic year to which it relates. Some changes maybe due to resource constraints, others to staff changes or developmentsin the relevant subject. In particular, as the College does not provideeducation to UK and other European Union students on a commercialbasis, but is largely dependent on charitable and public funds, it mustmanage its resources in a way which is efficient and cost effective. Inthe context of the provision of a diverse range of degree programmesto a large number of students, the College therefore reserves the rightto vary the content and delivery of programmes, to discontinue, mergeor combine programmes, and to introduce new programmes if suchaction is reasonably considered to be necessary by the College. Suchchanges may occur either before or after admission.Further InformationThis Prospectus is an introduction to what Royal Holloway has to offer.To find out more, we recommend that you visit our website and readthe departmental brochures: these contain much more detail about thecontent and structure of degree programmes.Brochures can be downloaded from our website atwww.rhul.ac.uk/studyhere/brochures/Other publicationsThere are a number of additional publications which are alsointended to help prospective applicants:• Financing your Studies: A Guide for Undergraduates• Study Abroad• Handbook for Students with Special Needs• Access Guide for Disabled Students• Postgraduate ProspectusFor further information, please contact:Admissions & UK Recruitment OfficeRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EXT: +44 (0)1784 443399F: +44 (0)1784 276381liaison-office@rhul.ac.ukwww.rhul.ac.ukThe College aims to offer flexibility within degree programmes andwithin the relevant Regulations. However, while every student will beable to take appropriate courses in the programme for which he/she isregistered, no timetable can guarantee that all options will be availableto all students who are qualified to take them.The College does not accept responsibility, and expressly excludesliability, for damage to or interference with students’ property orintellectual property, other than through the negligence of the College,its staff or agents, or for the consequences of any modification orcancellation of courses as set out in the preceding paragraphs.In the event that any term, condition or provision contained inthis statement, in the Prospectus or elsewhere in the College’sStatutes, Regulations or Rules shall be held to be invalid, unlawful orunenforceable to any extent, such term, condition or provision shall, tothat extent, be severed from the contract between you and the Collegewithout affecting the remaining terms and conditions which shallcontinue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted by law.Dates of Terms 2011–12 Dates of Terms 2012–13Autumn Term19 September to9 December 2011Spring Term9 January to 23 March 2012Autumn Term24 September to14 December 2012Spring Term14 January to 29 March 2013Royal Holloway follows the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998,in processing, by manual or electronic means, any data provided inconnection with an application. Royal Holloway will use data providedby applicants to assess their applications. Data relating to applicantswho, for any reason, are not admitted to the College will not beretained for more than five years from the start date of the programmeof study applied for. That data may be used to provide statistics andmanagement information but not in a form that will enable individualsto be identified.Summer Term23 April to 8 June 2012Graduation Ceremonies9–13 July 2012Summer Term29 April to 14 June 2013Graduation Ceremonies15–19 July 2013116


Open DaysAn Open Day at Royal Holloway offersyou a unique opportunity to comeand see the College for yourself.Open Days will help to give you a feel for the place before you opt tospend three or more years studying here.Open Days 2011–12Saturday 24 September 2011Saturday 17 March 2012Wednesday 13 June 2012Open Days include:• An opportunity to visit academic departments and find out abouttheir courses• Guided tours of the campus and a visit to a hall of residence• Presentations on the Students’ Union, student finance and campusaccommodation• A chance to meet current staff and studentsBooking is essential!Book online at www.rhul.ac.uk. Alternatively call 01784 443399to book by phone.Parents and friends are very welcome to come with you.School visitsSchool parties are welcome to attend the Open Days atRoyal Holloway. However, if your school is unable to visit on any ofthese dates, then it may be possible to arrange a visit on an alternativedate. Contact the Admissions & UK Recruitment Officefor further information (see contact details below).UCAS Education ConventionsRoyal Holloway representatives attend UCAS Education Conventionsthroughout the UK from March to July. To find out where your closestConvention is taking place, visit the UCAS website:www.ucas.com/students/exhibitions/Services for schoolsRoyal Holloway offers a wide array of services for schools, includingspecialist lectures, summer schools and outreach activities. For moreinformation visit: www.rhul.ac.uk/widening-participation/Presentations to sixth formsAt Royal Holloway we have a team of experienced schools liaisonstaff who can offer unbiased, informed talks on Higher Education tostudents in Years 12 and 13. Topics include:• Why go to university?• Making choices in Higher Education• Student life• Student finance• Filling in your UCAS formTo enquire about a visit to your school please contact:Admissions & UK Recruitment OfficeRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EXliaison-office@rhul.ac.ukT: 01784 443399www.rhul.ac.ukOpen DaysSaturday 24 September 2011Saturday 17 March 2012 Wednesday 13 June 2012Undergraduate degrees in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciencesMeet our students and get a taste of what university life is really likeFor more information please contact the Admissions & UK Recruitment Office, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EXLiaison-office@rhul.ac.uk www.rhul.ac.uk117


IndexAA-levels 114Access courses to Higher Education 26, 114Accommodation 16–19Admissions 112Alumni Relations 40Applications 112–113AS-levels 114BBiochemistry 62Biology 64Biomedical Sciences 66Bookshop 34BTEC 114Bursaries 29CCampus10 (see also inside back cover)Careers Service 38–39Classics 68Clubs and societies 20–23Computer Centre 34Computer Science 70Course finder 52–54Course units 42–43Creative Writing 80Credit transfer 114Criminology & Sociology 72DDegree programmes – types 42–43Departmental brochures 112, 116Disabled applicants 32, 113Distance learning 50Drama & Theatre 74Dramatic life 23EEarth Sciences 76Economics 78Employment 11, 38–39English 80English language support 44–46English language qualifications 114–115Entrance requirements 114–115Erasmus 48Europe 48European Studies 82Exchanges 48–49FFaculty of Arts 56Faculty of History & Social Sciences 58Faculty of Science 60Fees 28Financial Information 28Foundation programmes 46, 110French 96Further information 116118


GGeography 84German 97Graduate school 36HHalls of residence 18–19Health 33Hispanic Studies 98History 86IInformation Services 34Information Technology 34International Baccalaureate 114International community 30International Foundation Programme 46International links 48–49Interviews 112Irish Leaving Certificate 114Italian 99LLibrary 34Loans 28Local area 15London 14London, University of 7MMaintenance support 28Major/Minor degrees 42–43Management 88Maps120 (see also inside back cover)Mathematics 90Mature students 26Media Arts 92Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures 94Music 100Musical life 23OOpen Days 117Overseas studentsAdmissions 114–115Scholarships 29PPart-time study 113Personal advisers 42Physics 104Politics & International Relations 106Postgraduate study 36Psychology 108RRegulations 116Religious life 33Research 7Research Assessment Exercise 7Royal Holloway International 44SScholarships 29Science Foundation Year 110Scottish Advanced Higher Certificate of Education 114Spanish 98Sport 24–25Student experience 12–13Student support 32–33Students’ Union 20–21Study abroad and exchanges 48–49Support and Advisory Services 32–33SWan alliance 66TTaster Days 112Teaching Quality Assessments 7Term dates 116Terms and Conditions of admission 116Travel directions 120Tuition fees 28UUCAS 112–113Undergraduate study 42University of London 7VVolunteering 22–23119


Where to find usOne of Royal Holloway’s great strengths is its excellentnational and international communication links. By road, rail orair, Royal Holloway is easy to reach – this makes life easy at thebeginning and at the end of term, when you want to returnhome or visit friends for a weekend, and for thosewho commute to the College.By airHeathrow Airport is about seven miles from the College. Taxis areavailable at the airport, but you should check the fare in advance; it ischeaper to telephone one of the local taxi services. Alternatively, takebus number 441 from Heathrow Central Bus Station to the College orbus number 71 from Terminal 5.From Gatwick Airport, take the bus to Heathrow and follow theprocedure above, or telephone for a taxi.By taxi from EghamThere is a taxi rank at the station. Otherwise, turn right out of thestation onto Station Road and there is a taxi office on the left, nextto the Build Center. The fare is about £5.Some local taxi firms include Area Cars (01784 471001),Egham Cars (01784 434646), Gemini Cars (01784 471111)and Windsor Cars (01753 677677).By roadThe College is on the A30, 19 miles from central London and about amile south-west of the town of Egham.Directions from the M251 After leaving the M25, follow the A30 west (signposted Bagshot andCamberley); this is the Egham by-pass.2 At the end of the Egham by-pass, continue on the A30 up Egham Hill.3 The main College entrance is on the left immediately after the secondfootbridge.Directions from the west1 From the west leave the M3 at Junction 3 north and follow the A30towards Staines and London.2 Then follow steps two to three in the M25 section.By busThe following buses stop outside the College: Travel Surrey 441 and First71. For local bus information, visit Surrey County Council’s website:www.surreycc.gov.ukThere is also a College bus service, which runs between Egham railwaystation and the campus in termtime. Tickets can be purchased atEgham Station.By trainThere are frequent services (40 minutes or less) from London Waterlooto Egham; Reading to Egham; and Woking to Egham (change atWeybridge). Services at weekends are less frequent.Train links (including Eurostar) are available via London and othernational links via Reading.For local train timetables, visit South West Trains’ website:www.southwesttrains.co.ukFor national rail enquiries, visit: www.nationalrail.co.ukOn foot from Egham stationThe College is about a mile from the station, approximately20 minutes’ walk.Turn right out of the station along Station Road and walk about 100 yardsto the junction and the traffic lights. Turn left at the junction and followthe road to the large roundabout; go left up Egham Hill. The mainCollege entrance is on the left immediately after the second footbridge.Bedford Square, Gower Street (central London)Royal Holloway has a central London base at 2, Gower Street,WC1E 6DP. Within a two minute walk of the University of LondonSenate House, the nearest tube stations are Euston Square, GoodgeStreet, Russell Square and Tottenham Court Road – all within aboutfive minutes’ walk.St Judes RdM25Entrance➘Exit➘120


9SportsfieldsTo Sports Centreby carDepartment namebody copy40351Callow HillCampus planKey Campus buildingsGravel car parksResidencesAccessible routeCar parks (1-17)Gradient directionZebra crossingNon-accessible BuildingsAccessible parking spaceAcademic departments and centresArchive and Bedford Centre 1 Founder's BuildingBiological Sciences 31, 34 Bourne & Wolfson LaboratoriesClassics & Philosophy 1 Founder's Building (west ground floor)Computer Science 17 McCrea BuildingCriminology & Sociology 16 Arts BuildingDrama & Theatre 74 Sutherland House and Lodge25, 14 Handa Noh Theatre, Boilerhouse ComplexEarth Sciences 35, 36, 36a Queen’s Building, Annexe & John Bowyer BuildingEconomics 20 Horton Building (upper floor)English 15 International BuildingEuropean Studies 1 Founder's Building (west first floor)Geography 35, 36, 36a Queen’s Building & AnnexeHealth & Social Care 16 Arts BuildingHellenic Institute 15 International BuildingHistory 17 McCrea BuildingManagement 12, 13, 1 Moore Building , Annexe& Founder's Building (east first floor)Mathematics 17 McCrea BuildingMedia Arts 11 Williams Building & Arts Building (ground floor)Modern Languages 15 International BuildingFrench 15 International BuildingGerman 15 International BuildingHispanic Studies 15 International BuildingItalian 15 International BuildingMusic 62, 65 Wetton’s Terrace , WoodlandsPhysics 21, 22 Tolansky & Wilson LaboratoriesPolitics & International Relations 1 Founder's Building (west first floor)Psychology 34, 30 Wolfson Laboratory, Bourne AnnexeRoyal Holloway International 15 International BuildingResidencesBeeches 72Butler Hall 3Chestnuts 73Depository Lodge 38Founder’s Building 1Gate Lodge 54Gowar Hall incld. Sang Il Lee Hall 48Harvest Road No 1 67The Hub 41Highfield Close 57Highfield Cottage 60Highfield Court 55Kingswood Hall 75Penrose Court (Flats) 61Penrose Court (Houses) 56Reception & Hub 41Reid Hall 42Runnymede Halls 1 & 2 43Tuke Hall 9Wedderburn Hall 47Williams Annexe 11aWilliamson Hall 40Woodlands 65Facilities and servicesBedford Library 27Boilerhouse 14Botanic Supply Unit 70Café Jules 15Careers Service 20Chapel 1bCollege Administration 1, 51Computer Centre 10Crosslands 1Crosslands Bungalowincorporating College Bookshop 4Electron Microscopy Unit 37Enterprise Centre, Orchard Building 24Estates Workshop 26Founder’s Library 1Garden Lodge, music practice 8Health Centre 1Huntersdale 51Jane Holloway Lecture Hall 50Laundry, Muslim Prayer Room 5Library Depository 39Little Echoes Day Nursery 64Main Lecture Theatre 1Medicine & Stumble Inn 45Munro Fox Lecture Theatre 32Munro Fox Lab & Seminar Room 33Natwest Bank 7Picture Gallery 1aSports Centre & Fields 46Student Administration Centre 4Students’ Union 23The Hub/Imagine 41The Store on Campus 6Wetton’s Annexe 63Windsor Building 2Woodlands Cottage, music practice 66InformationDeliveriesPedestrian access onlyBike rack - internalBike rack - coveredBike rack - uncoveredShowers available to cyclistsD


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