Come to Reading for your PhD or professional doctorate and join a talented and diverse community of fellow researchers working to improve lives across the globe – focusing on some of today's important global challenges, such as food, health, environment and sustainability.
You can work alongside our world-leading academics and conduct research that will help shape the future and benefit from access to outstanding research facilities on an award-winning campus in a prime location in the South East of the UK, just 35 minutes from London.
Through our highly-ranked Graduate School, we offer all PhD and doctoral researchers a full programme of training sessions and support throughout their time at Reading. This commitment and support is reflected in the successful progression of our postgraduate researchers.
As well as academic experience and expertise we can provide you with all the support and care you may need to succeed, with a wide range of accommodation types, childcare facilities and dedicated careers service.
The University of Reading is one of the top 20 universities in the UK for research intensity and 98% of the research conducted here is internationally recognised, according the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
More supervisors and PhD topics than ever before
Whatever your area, you can expect to receive first class supervision from leading international researchers and practitioners who have expertise and passion in your chosen field.
Types of PhD Programme
- By Thesis – our traditional PhD programme.
- By Published Works – for candidates who have developed their knowledge and independent research skills to doctoral level and who have a body of publications produced during the course of their careers either within or outside academia.
- Practice-based – relevant for some arts subjects where the independent, original PhD research is presented through both practice and a thesis.
PhD by Distance
Our PhD by Distance programme is designed to support students who need to study for most of their registration period at another (normally overseas) site. Find out more about PhD by Distance.
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. Find out more about PhD Plus.
Undertake a programme of advanced study and research that combines professional and academic knowledge. Find out more about our professional doctorates.
8th in the world for support
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%.
Through the Graduate School, we have a building in which PhD students can work, meet, organise events and receive advice and support, which is an incredible added value that many other universities do not have.
Professional and personal skills training
As a research student at Reading you will benefit from a wide range of both professional and personal skills training to help you with your PhD and to equip you later in life.
phd Funding available across all subject areas
The University allocates over £8 million each year in postgraduate research studentships and bursaries. Around 150 entry awards are available to high quality doctoral candidates per year.
How to apply
Before you can apply for PhD you need to identify your area of research and speak to the department or supervisor you wish to work with.
Please see the A-Z of schools and departments for contact details
A PhD student profile
Adeyinka Adewale, joint PhD Researcher of the Year 2015, explains his reasons for choosing Reading and offers advice to prospective PhD students.