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PhD opportunities

Discover our PhD opportunities. We offer flexible modes of study designed to fit your needs.

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Fees and funding

The University allocates around 150 entry awards each year in PhD studentships and bursaries, so there are many ways to access PhD funding.
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Our research

Our research is driven by our desire to help solve some of society’s greatest scientific challenges. 100% of our research is of international standing (REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Chemistry) and 100% of our research impact has been classed ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ (REF 2021, combining 4* and 3*submissions – Chemistry).

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Our research stories

Our staff are leaders in their fields and active in research. Find out how our academics and research students are making a difference.

How we support you

You'll receive support from our Department and the Doctoral and Researcher College, which is the University of Reading's hub for all doctoral activity.
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How to apply for a PhD

Find out about our entry requirements and how to select a topic, identify a supervisor, and make your application.

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Life in the Department

You’ll work alongside other PhD students and research staff, and contribute to our research outputs. Find out more about day-to-day life as a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry.
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