When to apply

Most PhD study will commence in September at the beginning of the academic year. Exceptionally, it may be possible to start in January, and if you think you may need to request this, please indicate it in your application. You should apply as early as possible and it is not unusual for applications to be submitted 6 - 12 months before commencing. Remember to keep funding deadlines in mind. Many studentships are only open to candidates commencing in October and the majority of funders normally have application deadlines in January and February of the year you wish to commence, so it is usual to contact us towards the end of the previous year. Once you have submitted your application to us, and if it is suitable for a funding application, we will work closely with you in order to support your funding application. It is therefore important to ensure that you have enough time between the submission of your application and any potential funding deadlines.

We hold an annual PhD Proposal Writing Workshop, normally in October/November to assist the development of strong proposals. Application to participate in the workshop is open in the Autumn term and details will be available on the website in due course.

If you have any procedural enquiries, please contact Elizabeth Wyeth, PGR Administrator m.e.wyeth@reading.ac.uk

Information on the research interests of our staff can be found here.

Apply for a postgraduate research degree

To apply for a PhD or LLM by thesis please:

  1. Ensure you meet the School of Law's entry requirements
  2. Prepare a research proposal. See our guide to writing a PhD proposal
  3. Submit your application using the University's online application system
  4. Note that you may need to provide the following documents with your application, including:
    • A copy of your transcript showing your marks to date
    • A copy of degree certificate (if already held)
    • A copy of your passport page showing your personal details
    • English language certificate (if applicable)
    • Funding sponsorship letter (if applicable)
  5. Read the University's information on what happens after you apply

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Contact us

Elizabeth Wyeth
Postgraduate Research Administrator

Tel: +44 (0)118 378 4165

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