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PhD programmes

We invite approximately 15 to 20 new PhD students to join our thriving postgraduate programme each year.

As a postgraduate researcher in the Department of Chemistry, you will work alongside postdoctoral researchers and other research staff during your three or four-year programme, and contribute to the world-class research outputs of our Department. In 2014, 94% of our research outputs were assessed as being World Leading or Internationally Excellent (REF 2014).

In the first year of your doctoral programme, you are required to complete a small amount of coursework that is selected to complement your area of research. You will also have access to other training opportunities as part of the University-wide Graduate School, which offers professional development courses and research skills workshops, as well as advice and administrative support.

Research Day

We hold an annual symposium where postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers give oral or poster presentations to fellow students, staff and visitors from industry. It's an opportunity to showcase the diversity of research being carried out by those who catalyse innovation within our Department. With the incentive of prizes for best talk and best poster, there's also an opportunity to hone presentation skills in preparation for important conferences.

What we offer

We offer flexible modes of study designed to fit with your needs. Our PhD is available for study on a full-time basis over three years and part-time over four to six years. Both full-time and part-time variants are available for study in Reading, or at a distance for students who live outside the UK.


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