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Doctoral research areas

98% of our research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions).

We offer extensive study opportunities in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and business, where you can benefit from the University of Reading's wide-ranging research expertise.


Types of doctoral degree

At Reading, 98.9% of those who submit their thesis are successfully awarded a doctorate (University of Reading Doctoral Examination Outcomes 2016/17 to 2020/21). 

There is more than one way to achieve a doctorate. Our programmes allow you to gain a PhD or professional doctorate in a way that suits you.

Three Minute Thesis

PhD student Tunde Geher-Herczegh won our Three Minute Thesis competition in 2021, which gave her the opportunity to present her research at our annual Doctoral Research Conference. 

Watch more videos of our doctoral students discussing their research by visiting our Youtube playlist.


Part-time doctoral research

At Reading, we recognise the distinct nature of studying part time, and we have a wealth of experience and resources to help you succeed.

PhD by Distance

Benefit from our world-class support and the expertise of a Reading-based supervisor, while conducting your research in a location that suits your circumstances.

Download our PhD guide

Our comprehensive guide explains key information such as what a PhD is, the benefits of studying a PhD, research proposals, supervisors, training, fees and funding, and how to apply.

Find a PhD

We regularly offer opportunities to undertake predefined projects, often in science or life science fields. Search our latest PhD projects.

How to apply

When you have decided which doctoral programme is right for you, read our detailed information about the application process.

What to expect during your PhD

Find out more about key aspects of the doctoral research journey at Reading.


Meet our doctoral researchers

Read about some of our PhD students and their experiences of studying for a doctorate at Reading.

Doctoral training centres

We collaborate with a number of institutions to form highly respected doctoral training centres, which offer you the chance to compete for funding across a range of areas.