International Students

The School of Biological Sciences has a long history of welcoming international students and we currently have over 130 PhD students from 35 different countries studying with us. The University as a whole is very popular with international students with over 3500 international students representing 130 nationalities studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

So wherever you are in the world you are sure to feel at home here.

The video below shows a little of what life is like at the School of Biological Sciences from the perspective of some of our current international students.


Life at the School of Biological Sciences for International Students

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Reasons for studying at Reading

  • Reputation: The University of Reading is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings) and is ranked as one of the UK's top 20 research intensive universities.  The University has a particular strength in research, with nearly 90% of our research rated as being of international standing. The quality of our teaching is also highly rated - in the National Student Survey for student satisfaction 97% of students in the School of Biological Sciences were satisfied with their experience. The reputation of the University of Reading ensures that the qualification you acheive here will be well respected around the world.

 Green Flag Award for campus

  • Environment: The School of Biological Sciences is based on the main Whiteknights campus which is a large parkland campus 1.3 square kilometers in size with green open spaces, a lake, woodlands and plenty of wildlife. The campus is renowned for its collection of trees, some of which are over 200 years old. The beauty of the campus has been recognised by the awarding of a Green Flag Award for being one of the best green spaces in the country. In a public vote the campus ranked 4th out of over 1,200 parks and green spaces in the UK. The Whiteknights campus contains most of the academic departments as well as sports facilities, student accomodation, student support, the library, museums, cafes and bars and the student union. 

 Friendly campus environment

  • Community: Our beautiful campus is a friendly and safe environment to enjoy your university experience. You will be able to mix with students from all over the world and join in with the vibrant social life on campus. The are a large number of student societies including those for students from many different countries and different religions so that you can easily make friends with other students from your country. There are also student societies covering a wide range of interests from Creative writing and Drama to Photography and Music and sports clubs ranging from Football and Cricket to Badminton and Golf. See Reading University Student Union webpage for more information about the student community.

 Hopkins building for biomedical research

  • Facilities: The School of Biological Sciences has seen considerable investment in recent years including the opening of the Hopkins building, home of our biomedical research, in 2009. We have first class teaching labs for undergraduates and cutting-edge research labs for post-graduate research. Our equipment incudes a microscope suite with confocal microscopy and live cell imaging facilities, flow cytometry, protein purification facilities, in vivo imaging capabilities, numerous cell and tissue culture labs, microbiology culture facilities and labs. Other facilities within the School include a herbarium and the Cole Museum of Zoology. In addition the University also provides a Centre for Advanced Microscopy, a Chemical Analysis Facility and an MRI scanner. The main university library houses 1.2 million books and 17,000 scientific journals and the IT facilities include campus wide WiFi and 24 hour access to computers.


  • Location: The main university campus is situated a short walk or bus ride from the centre of Reading town. Reading itself is conveniently located within 30 minutes of central London by train and is approximately 40 km from Heathrow airport (see here for maps). Reading is located by the River Thames and is surrounded by beautiful countryside and riverside villages. There is also easy access to popular tourist destinations such as the Cotswolds, Oxford and the New Forest. The town contains many shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities and plays host to Premier League football with Reading football club. In addition the town is the location of the famous Reading Festival.


  • Courses: The School of Biological Sciences offers a wide range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. For undergraduate students we offer six degree courses covering the whole range of biological sciences. These are Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Ecology and Wildlife Conservation, Microbiology and Zoology. At postgraduate level we offer MSc courses in Plant Diversity, Species Identification and Survey SkillsWildlife Management and Conservation, Molecular Medicine and Biomedicine (MSc by Research). If you are interested in postgraduate research, studying for a PhD perhaps, then we have a very successful and well supported PhD programme within the School of Biological Sciences as well as additional support from the univeristy's Graduate School. As we conduct research across all biological science disciplines we are confident you will be able to find a postgraduate research project that suits you.

More information

Find out about the undergraduate courses we offer.

Learn more about our postgraduate taught courses

Find out about applying for a PhD.

Discover more about the research we do and find a potential supervisor for your PhD project.


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