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PhD Plus – University of Reading

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PhD Plus

As an overseas lecturer, the PhD Plus programme offers you the chance to improve your teaching skills, while learning about higher education in the UK.

The programme supplements your doctoral studies with a range of activities, support and training at no additional cost to you.

“I was introduced to novel teaching techniques, methodologies and practices, which I could compare and contrast with those in my home country and learn from good practice. This will be immensely beneficial for my teaching in the years to come.”

Menuka Udugama

PhD in Agriculture

What the programme offers


GS_student_5By taking the PhD Plus, you will be guaranteed a place on our Preparing to Teach programme.

You will also receive additional training, specific to overseas lecturers, on:

  • designing, preparing and delivering successful lectures
  • academic English and academic cultures
  • managing behaviour and engaging students
  • supporting student welfare and wellbeing.


The programme also provides you with the opportunity to participate in seminars led by senior staff, twice a year, on teaching and learning, and higher education in the UK.

Practical skills

You have the choice of improving your skills either:

  • by practical experience, based on delivering at least three teaching sessions, with peer review and feedback


  • through our Academic Mentoring scheme, which, over the course of a term, allows you to shadow and receive mentoring from a senior member of teaching staff as they design, deliver and review a number of teaching sessions. At the end of the term, you join other participants on the scheme to deliver practice teaching sessions, receiving feedback from programme mentors.

Completion Certificate

All participants completing the programme will receive a certificate confirming that they have followed the programme.

Further opportunities

After completing the programme, you will be eligible to apply for a two-year Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship at the University of Reading following completion of your PhD. For further information, please go to the section 'Honorary, Visiting and Courtesy Titles' at Academic and Governance Services - policies and reference documents.


To be eligible for the PhD Plus programme, you must:

  • have applied to and been accepted for a PhD at the University of Reading
  • be paying fees at the overseas rate
  • be a lecturer or senior lecturer in you home institution (which must be based outside the UK)
  • be located in Reading for at least 50% of your registration period.

You are normally expected to complete the PhD Plus programme elements during your second or third year of study. However, you may wish to undertake some of the elements in your first year.

How to apply

If you are interested in participating in the PhD Plus programme, you should:

  1. Apply for admission to your PhD through our online application system.
  2. Complete the PhD Plus Expression of Interest form and submit this, together with a letter from your home institution confirming your lecturer/senior lecturer status, to

Discover the next steps

If you are thinking of applying for a doctoral research programme, find out what you need to do next.

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