How to apply

Before you submit a formal application, but after checking the entry requirements and the guide to writing a PhD proposal, you are welcome to inquire about whether the School may be able to provide supervision.

Send to the School's postgraduate administrator r.pottage@reading.ac.uk:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. A transcript or list of modules and marks in your masters degree
  3. A draft research proposal

Please also check the research theme pages and indicate the staff member(s) you think are working in your area. Your proposal will then be discussed with any relevant colleagues. We should then be able to let you know whether the School may be able supervise your research and also provide any specific advice about applying.

When to apply

You can start a PhD in October or January. You should apply as early as possible: it is not unusual for applications to be submitted 6 - 12 months before commencing. You are welcome to contact the Director of Postgraduate Research at any time to discuss your plans. Remember to keep funding deadlines in mind. Many studentships are only open to candidates commencing in October. For the majority of funders, the application deadlines are 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.

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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