Postgraduate research

Welcome to the area of the site dedicated to postgraduate research students. In these pages you will find full details about our postgraduate research program including current research opportunities, information on fees and funding sources, as well as the application process.

The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading is one of the UKs top-rated Schools with an international reputation for research. As a postgraduate research student you will undertake studies, supervised by two members of our academic staff, in a specified area of psychology or clinical language sciences. We have research groups working in the areas of Language & Cognition, Nutrition & Health, Perception & Action, and Psychopathology & Affective Neuroscience, all underpinned by our expertise in child development, psychology over the lifespan, and the neuroscience of health and disease. Our graduate research training program is designed to enable you to develop into a knowledgeable, independent, and confident member of the wider research community. Successful completion of this program will lead to the award of an academic MPhil or PhD. Please note that we do not offer either a 'professional doctoral program' or 'professional postgraduate qualifications' in clinical, educational, or organisational psychology. A postgraduate research degree, however, can provide an excellent basis for further training in the above areas of clinical practice.

Candidates for our PhD positions will have an undergraduate and/or masters degree in Psychology or related discipline (First class or 2i degree, or those expecting to graduate with these degrees), and outstanding research potential. In the first instance, applicants should express their interest by sending a CV and a summary of their research interests to Professor Judi Ellis (School Director of Postgraduate Research) by email to:


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