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Postgraduate research – University of Reading

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    Work with our research intensive team towards new discoveries

Postgraduate research

As a PhD student at Reading you will have the opportunity to join international leaders in many aspects of Biology, from biomedicine to paleoecology.

"I undertook my PhD because of an interest in butterflies. Being able to walk through the campus meadows or woodland during the summer, surrounded by hundreds of butterflies, helps to remind me why I'm actually doing my PhD and that hopefully I'll be making a positive difference to the future of some of these species."

- Matthew Greenwell, PhD student

Flexible study

We offer flexible modes of study designed to fit with your needs. Our PhD is available for study on a full-time basis over three to four years and part-time over four to six years. Both full-time and part-time variants are available for study in Reading or at a distance.

The Graduate School

All postgraduate research students automatically become members of the University-wide Graduate School. The Graduate School provides training, professional development, study space, advice and administrative support in a dedicated building for the postgraduate research community at Reading.


Research Divisions

Research in the School of Biological Sciences is organised into two divisions: 'Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering' and 'Ecology and Evolutionary Biology'. This provides a clear research focus in our two major areas of interest, and creates a strong and supportive research community.

Contact the School

For further information about studying a PhD, contact the School.

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