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PhD opportunities

We offer PhD programmes in environmental science, physical geography, human geography and soil science.

Why study with us?

We undertake social and scientific research on issues of major cultural and environmental importance.

Work with internationally renowned experts

In this video, Yaw Adjei-Amoako discusses his experience of studying for a PhD in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science.

Yaw has been supported throughout his studies by his supervisor, Professor Ruth Evans. Through working closely with her he has had opportunities to contribute to her research, which is benefiting communities in developing countries.



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 as well as the Doctoral and Researcher College, which is the University of Reading's hub for all doctoral activity. 


Life in the Department

We pride ourselves on providing a stimulating and friendly environment for our active community of doctoral students.



Our researchers are tackling the most urgent global issues and helping to shape our future. They're combating challenges such as climate change, natural disasters, social inequalities, and poverty.


Meet the team

Our community of staff includes internationally renowned and award-winning academics, recognised for the excellence of their teaching and research.

Athena SWAN Silver Award