Our wide range of world-class courses

Studying at the University of Reading gives you the opportunity to choose from over 240 undergraduate course options, 150 taught postgraduate programmes and a huge range of research opportunities.

Whichever course you choose, we will provide you with top-class facilities and excellent support to enable you to reach your potential. Our courses are respected by employers worldwide and all of our courses provide the opportunity of a work placement, giving you a head start in your future career.

The quality of teaching at Reading

League table Position
Guardian University Guide 2013 25th
Sunday Times 2013 34th
The Times Good University Guide 2013 24th
Complete University Guide 2013 32nd
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2012 12th

The Guardian University Guide 2013 - by subject area

Subject area Position
Agriculture and Food 1st
Teacher training 3rd
Earth and Marine Sciences 3rd
Art and Design 3rd
Archaeology 5th

Student feedback

'The University is consistently rated among the top universities in the UK for student satisfaction'

Each year our students complete the National Student Survey, in which they rate their experience on courses at the University of Reading. The University is consistently rated among the top universities in the UK for student satisfaction, so you can be sure that your experience will be a good one. Several departments have scored 100% satisfaction from their students, with many more reaching 90%.

Our students have highlighted some particular areas of strength:

  • Rated staff as good at explaining things (91%),
  • The enthusiasm of the teaching staff (89%),
  • Their courses are intellectually stimulating (88%)
  • Staff make their subjects interesting (84%).

English language support

Our International Study and Language Institute provides a range of courses to help you develop your English language ability, as well as study skills that will help you throughout your education. These include courses to improve your English before you start and sessions to support your language learning throughout your study, whether you are at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Find out more from the International Study and Language Institute website>>>

Foundation course

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is an intensive access course specially designed for international students without British A level qualifications or the equivalent. The course helps you to develop your study skills, like writing essays and taking notes, as well as developing your English language ability.

Completing the course successfully will guarantee you a place on an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Reading. The IFP is an internationally recognised and respected course with a pass rate of almost 100%.

Learn more about the International Foundation Programme>>>

If you are not sure if your qualifications are equivalent to British A levels, you can check your country-specific page, or contact us for advice.

Contact the International Office:

Telephone: +44 118 378 6982
Fax: +44 118 975 0046

Employability, placements and careers support

Our students are highly employable - 88% of 2011 Reading graduates are in work or further study.

'88% of 2011 Reading graduates are in work or further study'

We want to help you to fulfil your potential as a Reading student. We will provide you with all the support you need to develop your employability through industrial placements, careers guidance and other opportunities. Our Careers, Placement and Experience Centre focus on helping you to gain invaluable experience both on campus and in the workplace. Our team of career experts are available to provide you with the information, expertise and environment to make the right choices for your future.

Our commitment to you includes:

All students have the opportunity of a placement with an employer
  • Dedicated placement and development officers who will help you to plan and prepare your work experience. You can get face-to-face advice at regular placement and career clinics that are held in your department.
  • Professional careers advisors to coach and support you.
  • 'The University Job Shop will help you find part-time or vacation jobs on campus or in the local area'

    The University Job Shop that will help you find part-time or vacation jobs on campus or in the local area.
  • A broad range of internship schemes across different industries.
  • Opportunities to meet top employers at careers fairs.
  • The Reading Experience and Development (RED) award - a great addition to your CV that is recognised by employers.
  • A chance to take part in research projects, even at undergraduate level with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP).
Destination Percentage of students
Full-time paid work 55%
Part-time paid work 8%
Voluntary work/unpaid work 2%
Work and study 7%
Further study 15%
Unemployed 7%
Not available for employment 3%
Other 2%
70% of 2011 Reading graduates are in graduate level work or further study

Research at Reading

'Many of our departments are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for their subject area'

Research is an important part of our work at Reading. This commitment means that you will be taught by some of the world's leading specialists. We try to ensure that our research combines excellence with real world impact on society. Many of our departments are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for their subject area. Some of our top departments include: Meteorology, Typography, Archaeology, Philosophy, Construction Management, Food Bioscience and Law.

  • 87% of the University's research is rated as of international standing.
  • We have won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education four times.
  • We have the largest and most successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership in the UK, helping businesses to make use of our research.
  • Reading was been awarded £35m in research grants in the 2011/12 financial year. This puts us in the top 20 of UK Universities.

Research at Reading Scholarships and funding

'You may be able to apply for a scholarship or bursary to help fund your course at Reading'

You may be able to apply for a scholarship or bursary to help fund your course at Reading. You can use our student funding search page to find out about scholarships and bursaries offered by the University. There are also several external websites with information on funding and scholarship opportunities for study in the UK that you may find helpful:


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