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Studying at PhD level

At Reading, you will be part of a large postgraduate community and have access to the facilities of our Graduate School.


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 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.


As a postgraduate researcher at the University of Reading, you automatically become a member of the Graduate School, in addition to the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences. They will provide you with additional support, training and development.

Here you will find more information about how to apply, fees and funding, support and the research community.


In addition to offering training and support to doctoral research, the Graduate School co-ordinates a range of activities that bring students together from across the university. These include the annual Doctoral Research Conference, and event that showcases the variety and excellence of postgraduate research taking place at Reading. The conference features a number of competitions and presentations.

Students from the school have been successful winners at this conference over the past few years.

The Graduate School also hosts an annual public lecture - the Fairbrother lecture - delivered by a current or recent postgraduate research student. This is a fantastic opportunity for a wider audience to hear about high quality doctoral research taking place at Reading.

The University of Reading offers the peace and tranquillity of an award-winning parkland campus, just a short bus ride from a vibrant town centre. Our thriving community is made up of students from around the world, and our range of clubs and societies offer many opportunities to meet like-minded people.

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