PhD Further information
At Reading, PhDs may begin at the start of October, January or May. If there are no over-riding circumstances an October start is best, because the formal training programme is matched to this. However, funders or the nature of the work to be done may make a January or May start more practical. This is especially important where field-work is involved; often 3 seasons work is needed to collect data suitable for publication in a good scientific journal.
When applying please indicate your preferred start date. When discussing the project with your prospective supervisor, remember to consider the best start date in the light of the programme of practical work and training.
The School of Biological Sciences welcomes International students - about half of our PhD students come from outside the European Union, from a host of countries. Support comes from private companies, governments and charitable foundations like the Gatsby Foundation, the Felix Trust and the Commonwealth Studentships Commission. Also, the University offers a few studentships: however, these are in much demand, and you will need a truly outstanding record to compete effectively.
Fees for International Students are set by the University to cover its costs. They are higher than EU fees because the University receives a substantial UK government grant for each EU student but not for International students. In addition to the fee, we have to charge a variable research expense.
The University's fees cover the costs of maintaining the buildings, running the library and IT services, employing staff and providing a minimal level of workspace. In science subjects, we therefore need to make a further charge to cover the costs of consumable items (chemicals including expensive but critical biological reagents like fluorescent DNA probes, shares in apparatus such as electron microscopes or qPCR machines; facilities like greenhouses, constant environment rooms, analytical machinery such as GC-MS; and travel and specialist training). The minimum charge is £1200, but you should be aware that this means the project cannot use many of our more expensive facilities. The usual charge for projects with a large molecular component is £8,000 to £12,000 per year.