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PhD Programmes

The outstanding quality of our research is internationally recognised, making Reading one of the most highly regarded food and nutrition institutions in the world. By choosing to study your PhD with us, you will join this innovative community, and build your own sought-after expertise to lead into a research career in academia, food industry or beyond.

Join our vibrant PhD student community and break new ground in food and nutritional sciences here at Reading. The Department has enjoyed pass rates of 97-100% since 1998. Students are mentored by and work with recognised world leaders in the field to tackle issues underpinning the quality, safety and healthfulness of food and our diet.

“PhD students have led me into new areas. They're the people that are doing the research. They're actually on the ground carrying it out."

Professor Jeremy Spencer

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.

PhD programmes in Food and Nutritional Sciences

We offer the opportunity to carry out multidisciplinary research toward a PhD that tackle wide-ranging research questions, from understanding the factors that influence the development of food flavour, through to the gene-specific impact of personalised nutrition on health. PhDs are usually studied for on a full-time basis, but we can offer some part-time opportunities or the ability to pursue your PhD while working away. See below for currently available opportunities and take a look at our Research and Meet the team pages to find out more about the research expertise in our Department.

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. 

Find a PhD

Please see all currently available PhD programmes below. If you have any questions, get in touch with us.

Use our online form to get in touch

+44 (0)118 378 5063

Graduate School, Old Whiteknights House, Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading RG6 6AH

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