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Your life in the Department

Reading has one of the highest concentrations of high-tech computing and internationally focused businesses in the UK. We have many links to local and global companies. 

If you undertake your PhD with us, you’ll join an active community of around 100 PhD students across the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences.

You’ll also become part of a large, diverse community of doctoral students across the University. 

Learn about the wider PhD community at Reading
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Training is an important part of your development as a researcher. In the first two years of your course, you’ll follow a programme of relevant postgraduate lectures agreed between you and your supervisor.

Teaching opportunities

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We'll help you develop your teaching skills to prepare you for an academic career. PhD students within the Department arrange a weekly seminar session for second and third year undergraduate students.

You can also attend the Doctoral and Researcher College Preparing to Teach programme at no extra cost.

Presenting your work

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During your PhD, you’ll have opportunities to communicate your work with other researchers, present a seminar, speak at conferences and workshops, and visit or host researchers.


We encourage you to attend conferences and other events to widen your network of contacts, and will help you to arrange travel and accommodation.


The Doctoral and Researcher College hosts an annual public lecture to celebrate academic excellence. The Fairbrother Lecture is delivered by a current or recent doctoral student and is a fantastic opportunity for a wider audience to learn about the high quality doctoral research conducted at Reading.


Our facilities

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Our international research is supplemented by virtual infrastructure, a computer cluster dedicated to big data research, and high-end graphics processing unit (GPU) facilities.

All our PhD students are offered their own desk and a reconditioned computer, which is tailored to needs depending on requirements.

Those working on computer science problems in environmental sciences have access to the national JASMIN data-intensive supercomputer facility.

Life on campus

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Whiteknights campus is set on 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, so you'll find plenty of places to relax. It is home to a thriving community that features the Graduate School, Library and places to eat.

Life in Reading

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Step off campus and you'll find yourself in a bustling town centre offering a variety of shops, restaurants and activities. We're also well-connected – you can reach London Paddington within half an hour by train. 
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