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Doctoral opportunities

We offer PhD and professional doctorate opportunities in a wide range of areas, with expert supervision and flexible modes of study to suit your needs. *98% of our research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions).



There is a variety of funding available for our doctoral students, including studentships, doctoral loans and bursaries.

How we support you

We work in partnership with the University's Schools and Departments to provide you with the support that you need to fulfil your potential as a researcher.

Training and development

The Doctoral and Researcher College provides a range of opportunities for you to develop yourself both personally and professionally.

Student policies and procedures

There are a number of policies and procedures that apply to doctoral students at the University of Reading, covering areas such as thesis submission, research data policies and immigration.

Information for staff

Guidance and policies for academics who supervise doctoral students at the University of Reading.

Meet the team

As a doctoral student at Reading, you'll be supported by a strong team of experienced staff who are available to help if you have any queries.


We host events for our doctoral community throughout the year, including the Doctoral Research Conference and the Fairbrother Lecture.

Read our latest Doctoral Highlights publication

Read about some of the outstanding research that our PhD students carried out in 2023. (PDF, 5.4 MB)