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Detailed PhD and EdD programme information

We offer flexible modes of study designed to fit with your needs. Our PhD is available for study on a full-time or part-time basis, and our EdD is run on a part-time basis enabling you to remain in employment.



The Institute of Education is based on the historic London Road campus which has undergone £30 million refurbishment of the classical 'Oxford cloistered' quadrangle to create a dedicated world-class education centre. The campus offers plenty of green space and a tranquil environment in which to study. As a doctoral student at the Institute of Education, you will have access to desk space in shared offices. Additionally, you will have access to computers with appropriate software deemed relevant to your topic of study. Kitchen facilities, social space and departmental library facilities are also available.

As a postgraduate research student at Reading you will have access to the Graduate School on Whiteknights campus. At the heart of this is Old Whiteknights House, a dedicated facility that provides space for doctoral researchers to work and network with others. Old Whiteknights House is a beautiful Victorian building that has been carefully modernised to provide a range of excellent resources and amenities. It also houses a number of support staff who deal exclusively with doctoral research matters and administration at Reading.

Dedicated support service

You will be assigned a supervisor within the Institute of Education who will meet with you regularly to provide support. Additionally, your supervisor, together with a second supervisor, will ensure that you are on track with your studies and help you to resolve any issues you may have with progression or supervision.

The Institute of Education can also provide special needs support, which will give you information on personalised support if needed. You will have also have access to the Doctoral Research Office. Located in the Graduate School, the Doctoral Research Office provides advice and support for current and prospective students. The Doctoral Research Office is a key point of contact for any doctoral researchers who have questions relating to registration, student status, immigration, studentships, University policy and procedures.

Doctoral research community

You will join a vibrant doctoral community within the Institution of Education, working alongside postdoctoral researchers and academic staff, and have regular opportunities to attend seminars.

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

Another event that celebrates academic excellence is the Graduate School's 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 achievements and success of doctoral researchers is regularly promoted through the Graduate School Bulletin and on the Graduate School website.

English language support

If English is not your first language, we offer a range of courses and programmes to suit your specific needs.

  • English Writing and Language Practice programme

This six-week programme has been specifically designed for postgraduate researchers. It is supplemented by one-to-one advisory sessions, helping you to apply what you have learned to your thesis writing.

  • The Academic English Programme (AEP)

Aimed at international and EU students across the University of Reading, the AEP features an extensive range of course to help develop academic English skills. Courses include critical writing, essay and dissertation writing, speaking, listening, pronunciation, academic grammar and vocabulary, and social English. You can also have individual tutorials.

Courses are taught by highly qualified and experienced academic English teachers, and class sizes are kept small (generally less than 16 students), so there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get personalised feedback.

You can find out more information on the Academic English Programme website.

Life 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.


​Apply now

Once you have read and considered all the detailed programme information, please use our online application service to apply for a PhD or EdD study at the University of Reading.

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