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PhD programmes

We invite approximately 15 to 20 new PhD students to join our thriving postgraduate programme each year.

As a postgraduate researcher in the Department of Chemistry, you will work alongside postdoctoral researchers and other research staff during your three or four-year programme, and contribute to the world-class research outputs of our Department. In 2014, 94% of our research outputs were assessed as being World Leading or Internationally Excellent (REF 2014).

In the first year of your doctoral programme, you are required to complete a small amount of coursework that is selected to complement your area of research. You will also have access to other training opportunities as part of the University-wide Graduate School, which offers professional development courses and research skills workshops, as well as advice and administrative support.

Research Day

We hold an annual symposium where postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers give oral or poster presentations to fellow students, staff and visitors from industry. It's an opportunity to showcase the diversity of research being carried out by those who catalyse innovation within our Department. With the incentive of prizes for best talk and best poster, there's also an opportunity to hone presentation skills in preparation for important conferences.


Postgraduate training is the foundation for any career in research. At Reading, we aim to give our postgraduates a rich and comprehensive training that builds the skills needed to carry out research professionally and effectively.

The Graduate School's Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP) offers a rich array of training sessions and workshops which have been especially designed to help you gain the additional skills that will enable you to carry out your research professionally and effectively. The RRDP is delivered primarily using the expertise of academic and specialist staff within the University and complements any subject-specific training that we provide. The RRDP includes training sessions on research methods, writing academic papers, getting published, public engagement and career planning.

In addition to the RRDP, doctoral researchers will also have the chance to access the following development opportunities:

Preparing to teach

A programme focused on the skills needed for teaching and learning activities.

Developing your potential as a leader

This leadership programme is jointly run with the triple-accredited Henley Business School.

Academic English Programme

Supports international students to develop their academic English skills with a range of classes and services.

PhD Plus

A scheme specifically for international doctoral researchers who are lecturers in their home country.

Careers and support

We are proud to offer a comprehensive training programme that develops the skills needed to pursue a career after your postgraduate studies, regardless of the path you choose.


Researcher development programme

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Further information

Researcher development programme

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