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The University of Reading supports nationally and internationally recognised research across the areas of:

  • life sciences
  • environmental and physical sciences
  • business, economics and social sciences
  • arts and humanities.


We also support researchers from different disciplines to undertake interdisciplinary research that aims to solve some of the major challenges facing the world today. 

Visit the School and Department websites listed here to find out more about the research subject areas available to you.

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


Download our comprehensive guide to PhD study

A to Z of doctoral research areas