Our PhD Plus programme is designed to meet the specific needs of overseas lecturers who want to study for a PhD whilst also learning about Higher Education in the UK and improving their teaching skills.
What the programme offers
In addition to undertaking your PhD, and at no additional cost, you will have the opportunity:
- to deliver three or more teaching sessions, with peer review and feedback
- to participate in a bespoke Academic Mentoring scheme, whereby for one term you shadow and receive mentoring from a senior member of teaching staff as they design, deliver and review a number of teaching sessions. At the end of the term, participants come together to deliver practice teaching sessions, with feedback from programme mentors.
You will also receive:
- a guaranteed place on our Preparing to Teach programme
- additional training sessions (specific to overseas lecturers) on:
- designing, preparing and delivering successful lectures
- academic English and academic cultures
- managing behaviour and engaging students
- supporting student welfare and wellbeing
- the opportunity to participate in twice-yearly seminars led by senior staff on teaching and learning, and Higher Education in the UK.
Those who complete the PhD Plus programme are also eligible to apply for a two-year Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship at the University of Reading following successful completion of their PhD programme.
How to apply
If you are interested in participating in the PhD Plus programme, you should:
- Apply for admission to your PhD through our online application system.
- Complete the PhD Plus Expression of Interest form (MS Word download, 41KB) and submit this, together with a letter from your home institution confirming your lecturer/senior lecturer status, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may wish to consult our guide on how to apply for a research degree at the University of Reading.
To be eligible for the PhD Plus programme, you must:
- have applied to and been accepted for a PhD at the University of Reading
- be paying fees at the overseas rate
- be a lecturer or senior lecturer in your home institution (which must be based outside of the UK)
- be located in Reading for at least 50% of your registration period.
You are normally expected to complete the PhD Plus programme elements during your second or third year of study. However, you may wish to undertake some of the elements in your first year.
I was introduced to novel teaching techniques, methodologies and practices, which I could compare and contrast with those in my home country and learn from good practice. This will be immensely beneficial for my teaching in the years to come.
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In the latest International Student Barometer (autumn 2015, i-graduate), a global study which assesses the satisfaction of international students, the University of Reading Graduate School ranked 2nd in the UK and 8th in the world for support with a satisfaction level of 96%.
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