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PhD programmes – University of Reading

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PhD programmes

As a postgraduate research student in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, you will be part of a large and vibrant community, and work alongside a thriving group of researchers.

We offer PhD programmes in the following areas:

  • Clinical Language Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology
  • Psycholinguistics

The school has an international reputation for research with world-renowned academics specialising in the areas of:

We offer supervision on a range of research topics within our research divisions. Take a look at our offering of PhD opportunities and learn more about the innovation and diverse research being conducted in the school, so that you can find a PhD topic that matches your strengths and interests. We are also happy to consider applications from people who have proposed their own research topics.


The latest Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF) in 2014, recognised 98% of our research as World-leading or Internationally Excellent. Research activity in the school is broad and extensive, with regular seminar programmes (link to Research Seminars page) taking place in all research areas.

Our research is underpinned by expertise in child development, psychology over the lifespan, and the neuroscience of health and disease.


The school has state-of-the-art research facilities for studying the brain in actions, including the award-winning Charlie Waller Institute for Evidence-Based Treatment, and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics. As well as funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, and the University of Reading, we have a strong track record of securing funding from other public and private sector sources.

We have active collaborations with other departments and research centres within the university including (list departments and centres). As well as external institutions (list organisations).

Excellent facilities

We have invested heavily in state-of-the-art research facilities including brain imaging systems (MRI, EEG, TMS), and are unique in housing four clinical research facilities on site (Autism, Anxiety & Depression, Speech & Language Therapy, and Dementia).

Student Insights

We think it's important to hear what real people are doing within the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences. On that basis, we've collated a series of Student Stories to allow you to gather insight into our school.

"I selected Reading for the expertise and support of my two advisors – their statures in the field and their generosity with time and resource. My work sits at the crossroads of two interdisciplinary research institutes, which highlights the cross-disciplinary strengths of the University. I knew that my work was sure to benefit from the world-leading reputation of the team at Reading".

Take a look at our PHD Students' Stories to find out more:



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