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Launch your career at one of the top 1% research-led universities in the world

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.

What we can offer you as a doctoral researcher is 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 being part of a thriving doctoral research community centred around our highly ranked Graduate School. You can also participate in our Preparing to Teach programme and / or our PGR Leadership programme, run via our triple-accredited Henley Business School. All this is coupled with our high submission, successful completion and employment rates. To cater for the diverse range of backgrounds of our research students, we offer a range of different modes of study at very attractive fee rates.

Launch your career at one of the top 1% research-led universities in the world

About study at Reading

As a University of Reading student, you will be studying at one of the UK’s top universities for research, at a time when we are attracting and investing in high calibre academics in key interdisciplinary areas. We are highly regarded, nationally and internationally, for the quality of our research, and we 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 & 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 and Arts & Humanities, focused around five interdisciplinary research themes:

  • Environment
  • Food
  • Health
  • Heritage and Creativity
  • Prosperity and Resilience

Click here for Information on all our available research areas.

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 at:


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