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    Study at an institution that is in the top 1% of the world's universities

Study at Reading

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Discover which subjects you can study at the University of Reading and find the perfect undergraduate or postgraduate taught course for you.

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.

Other study options

At Reading we also offer Open Online Courses, Executive Education and MBAs, our International Summer School and short courses & public programmes.

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?

Research-Led Teaching

At the University of Reading, you'll enjoy the very best education, delivered by academics with a rare passion for their subject, backed by a range of outstanding resources. Our focus on cutting-edge research – covering subjects from climate change to heart disease – not only has a direct impact on the wider world, but also impacts on your learning. If our academics make a discovery one day, you'll hear about it in the lecture theatre the next day.

Flexible and relevant

Our degree programmes are designed to give you more choice in what you study and how you study it. We offer more than 200 courses, in arts, humanities, business, social science and science. The modular structure of our courses means you can specialise in the areas that interest you most, while still developing core subject knowledge.

Many joint degrees are available, so if you are interested in two related subjects, why not see if you can combine them? All of our joint degrees are listed in our undergraduate course catalogue.

The perfect start to a successful career

Because we recognise that 21st-century career paths typically take many turns, all our courses are designed to give you the thinking, problem-solving and creative skills you need to thrive in any sector. Every course also includes a module on career management. And you can gain professional experience that counts towards your degree - on a work placement or an internship, or by spending a year working in your chosen industry. The wide range of opportunities we offer to study and work abroad enable you both to develop as an individual, and to truly stand out from the competition.

Find out more about why studying at Reading is the perfect way to start your career:

Quality of teaching

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14 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 2015 30th
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 33rd
Complete University Guide 2015 37th
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014 33rd

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


Highly Rated for Student Satisfaction

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%.

According to the National Student Survey 2013, students have highlighted some particular areas of strength:

  • Rated staff as good at explaining things (92%),
  • The enthusiasm of the teaching staff (89%),
  • Their courses are intellectually stimulating (90%)
  • Staff make their subjects interesting (85%).

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