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Undergraduate studies

Find out more about undergraduate studies at the University of Reading.

Postgraduate studies

Find out more about postgraduate studies at the University of Reading.

If you are looking to join the University as a postgraduate research student, please visit our Graduate School website.

International students

Find out about information specific to international students looking to study at the University of Reading.

International Foundation Programme

You may need to take a foundation course or access course if you do not have qualifications that are equivalent to British A levels. Find out how your existing qualifications count towards courses at the University of Reading.

Pre-sessional English language programme

If your English ability is not at the required standard, you may need to attend our pre-sessional English programme. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Why study at Reading?

Quality of teaching

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13 put the University of Reading in the top 1% of Universities in the entire world. Other league tables give the University a consistently high score and many University departments are ranked at the top of their subject.

‘The University of Reading has been ranked as one of the top 1% of universities in the world.’

League tables rankings

League table


Guardian University Guide 2013 25th
Sunday Times 2013 34th
The Times Good University Guide 2013 24th
Complete University Guide 2013 32nd
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2012 12th

The Guardian University Guide 2013 by subject area

Subject area


Agriculture and Food 1st
Teacher training 3rd
Earth and Marine Sciences 3rd
Art and Design 3rd
Archaeology 5th


Student feedback

study-home-studentfeedbackEach year our students complete the National Student Survey, in which they rate their experience on courses at the University of Reading. The University is consistently rated among the top universities in the UK for student satisfaction, so you can be sure that your experience will be a good one. Several departments have scored 100% satisfaction from their students, while most have achieved at least 90%.

Our students have highlighted some particular areas of strength:

  • Rated staff as good at explaining things (91%),
  • The enthusiasm of the teaching staff (89%),
  • Their courses are intellectually stimulating (88%)
  • Staff make their subjects interesting (84%).

Equal opportunities

study-home-equalityWe are very serious about equal opportunities at the University of Reading and ensure that all applicants are treated equally and fairly, regardless of his or her sexual orientation, gender identification, marital status, family responsibilities, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, citizenships, religion, political belief, membership (or non-membership) of a Trades Union (or other representative association of employees or students), disability (including HIV status), age or socio-economic background.

The University will ensure that in the operation of all its functions discrimination does not occur. If you think we have not acted in accordance with this policy, please inform the Director of Student Services of the University, who will investigate the matter.

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