Life at the School of Law
A dynamic research environment
As a postgraduate research student at Reading you will be studying at one of the UK's most research-intensive universities. We value knowledge creation for the potential benefits it promises society and as a result of our real-world focus enjoy great success in bidding for research funding.
Throughout your time in the School of Law you will work with international authorities in their fields and be part of a dynamic research community that thrives on challenging ideas and pioneering solutions to complex problems. Depending on your area of research, you will be able to collaborate with researchers across disciplines within the University.
Dedicated facilities and outstanding resources
As a postgraduate research student you will benefit from outstanding support and resources, including research training programmes within the Graduate School. You will play an active role in life within the School and be encouraged to attend a wide range of academic and social events throughout the year, including reading groups, informal lunches and career development opportunities. As a PhD student You will be part of a stimulating Graduate School offering on-going training and skills to equip you both for your PhD and your later career development. All this makes Reading an attractive destination for your PhD: See 10 good reasons to choose Reading for your PhD.
You will also enjoy the exclusive use of excellent facilities, including the University's extensive main library and access to the Graduate School which provides 24-hour computing facilities and dedicated study space. Study space is also available within Foxhill House, the School of Law. A research allowance is provided each year to help support attendance at conferences and other research-related items.
Playing an active role
The School of Law is home to a thriving research community and provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate study. Research students are expected to attend staff seminars and contribute to seminar presentations as well as to formally present a report on their research progress to the School at the end of each academic year. You will also attend a wide range of internally and externally hosted conferences and events. Postgraduate research students will be affiliated to a research theme and will be an active member of the research community. Each theme will organise visiting speaker events to complement the School's own Seminar series.
Continuing your career
A postgraduate research degree in law can open doors to a highly successful career in academia or in law as well as many other areas including international governmental and non-governmental organisations, the media and the public sector. Postgraduate research students benefit from specialist career development advice and support provided as part of the University's Beyond the PhD initiative.