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Developing a PhD


Discover our PhD opportunities. We offer flexible modes of study designed to fit your needs. 

Why study with us?

Student cameraman working in shadow in a theatre

Undertake your doctorate in a Department that was one of the first in the country to establish practice-based research PhDs. You'll benefit from our specialist supervision and extensive facilities at Minghella Studios.

Fees and funding


The University allocates around 150 entry awards each year in PhD studentships and bursaries, so there are many ways to access PhD funding.

How we support you


You'll receive support from our Department and the Doctoral and Researcher College, which is the University of Reading's hub for all doctoral activity. The Doctoral and Researcher College provides training, facilities and support services to enable you to perform at your best during your studies.

Albert Education Partnership
Arri Certified Film School
Fest New Directors New Films Festival
Rabble Theatre
Reading Rep Theatre
Resource Productions
South Street Theatre and Venue

Journeys Across Media

JAM is the annual University of Reading’s Film, Theatre and Television conference organised by and for postgraduate students.

Life in the Department

Find out more about day-to-day life as a PhD student in Film, Theatre & Television.


Research stories

Our staff and PhD students develop exciting and diverse projects that span disciplines and the globe.

What's on

As part of our Department you'll have the chance to experience exhibitions, festivals and talks by visiting speakers. Keep up to date with the latest events happening at Minghella Studios via Instagram.

Meet our experts

Our staff have a wide range of specialisms and extensive experience of supervising PhD students.