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Developing a PhD

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

Why study with us?

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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

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The University allocates more than £8m each year in postgraduate research studentships and bursaries, so there are many ways to access PhD funding.

How we support you

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

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Our research

We partner with national and international cultural institutions across all our disciplines.


Some of our recent major research projects include User Not Found, Staging Beckett and Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies

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Life in the Department

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

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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.