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University of Reading PhD Opportunities

Our thriving and diverse community of researchers leads the way in understanding the issues that most concern the world today. Join us as a postgraduate researcher at Reading and we will support you at every stage, helping you to deliver research that counts.

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Each year, the University of Reading awards over £8 million of funding in research studentships to home/EU and international students and these great opportunities are open to high quality students for funded research in a wide range of subject areas.

Outstanding Support and Training

As a doctoral researcher, we offer you a fantastic experience beyond the traditional PhD, providing a platform for success in your future career. During your time at Reading, you can expect to benefit from first-class research training and support, and will be part of a thriving doctoral research community centred around our highly ranked Graduate School which was ranked 2nd in the UK/8th in the world for support (Autumn 2015, i-graduate). You can also participate in our Preparing to Teach programme and / or our Leadership Programme, run via our triple-accredited Henley Business School. All this is coupled with our high submission, successful completion (98% pass rate) and employment rates. To cater for the diverse range of backgrounds of our research students, we offer flexible modes of study at very attractive fee rates.

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“The support that the University offers is excellent. There are approachable teaching and non-teaching staff, modern facilities, open spaces, technology and abundant research material to work with.”

Oluyemisi Bolade-Ogunfodun
PhD in Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour

Studying at Reading

As a University of Reading student, you will be studying at one of the UK’s top-20 universities for research intensity. We are highly regarded, nationally and internationally, for the quality of our research, and are committed to ensuring that the experience of our postgraduate research students is enhanced by our outstanding research environment. We are known for our world class research facilities, such as our Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, our Chemical Analysis Facility, and our extensive archives and collections.

We support doctoral research across a wide range of subject areas in the Sciences, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Business, focused around five interdisciplinary research themes:

Click here for Information on all our available research areas.

Launch your career at one of the top research-intensive Universities in the UK


The University’s campus has been acknowledged as one of the best open spaces in the country with the presentation of a prestigious Green Flag award. The University is also in a prime location in the South-East of England and has excellent transport links, with frequent high speed rail links between Reading and London, as well as many other towns and cities across the UK.

Further information on:

Funding opportunities

Details of specific studentship schemes or research projects currently open for applications can be viewed here.

How to apply

Our website details the process of application from your initial enquiry to the point of offer. Full details can be found here.

For general enquiries, including who to contact to discuss your application, please see the Graduate School website.

Launch your career at one of the top research-intensive Universities in the UK

*Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

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