PhD programme detailed offer information
As part of the research community in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, you will be supported throughout your time here. We are world-renowned for the quality of our research, making Reading an excellent environment for food scientists. Additionally, you will automatically be enrolled in the Graduate School and receive all associated benefits. Please note that this page details the nature of the University's support. If you would like to look at currently available PhD programmes, visit our PhD programmes.
What we offer
We offer flexible modes of study designed to fit with your needs. Our PhD is available for study on a full-time basis over 3-4 years and part-time over 5-6 years. Both full-time and part-time variants are available for study in Reading or working away.
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.
Modes of study
Both full-time and part-time variants are available for study in Reading, as well as PhD by Distance.
PhD by Distance students spend the majority of their time at another site and normally have a supervisor/mentor at their local site. There must be an academic rationale for this status to be granted and the University assesses each application on an individual basis.
Additionally, some of our PhD students are involved in interdisciplinary projects or projects with an industrial partner. In these cases they may be followed by a supervisor from outside the university, and interact with a wider range of staff. Where industry is involved, students typically spend 4-week placements each year with the company.
As a postgraduate research student at Reading you will have access to the Graduate School. 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.
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
Supporting 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.
Dedicated support service
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
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 homepage.
Fees and funding
You can find out more about fees for University of Reading PhD programmes by clicking on the link below.
Information on potential funding for students from Commonwealth countries is also available from the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Information on the University's studentships open to overseas applicants can be found on our Money Matters pages.
Alumni fee discounts
If you have already studied at the University of Reading you will get 10% off the fees of the first year of your postgraduate degree (up to a maximum of £1,000).
Apply for your alumni fee discount.
English language support
The Academic English Programme (AEP) enables international and EU students at the University of Reading to develop their academic English skills.
There is an extensive range of courses, including critical writing, essay and dissertation writing, speaking, listening, pronunciation, academic grammar and vocabulary, and social English. You can also have individual tutorials.
All of the 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.
- Our Campuses
- Town Life and Transport Links
- The Library
- Clubs and Societies
- Little Learners Nursery
- The Little Owl Pre-School
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