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Our thriving and diverse community of researchers leads the way in understanding the issues that most concern the world today. Join us as a postgraduate researcher at Reading and we will support you at every stage, helping you to deliver research that counts.


Doctoral research at Reading, whether undertaken as a PhD or Professional Doctorate, aims to deliver real-world benefits. Acting as a hub for all doctoral research activity across the University, the Graduate School is here to support you through your research journey. As such, we have a proven track-record of helping postgraduate students complete their research, with over 98% passing.

We recognise that everyone has different needs, so our support reflects this. You will be able to choose a mode and programme of study that best suits your circumstances, undertake training in keeping with your own development needs and have access to a range of other services to help with life beyond research, including accommodation, childcare and careers.

“The Graduate School has been key to my professional development through the training activities and courses they organise, and by providing answers to my many questions on how to carry out and finish a PhD!” 

Irene Teixidor Toneu – PhD in Biological Sciences

Before you apply

If you are thinking of applying to become a postgraduate researcher, the University of Reading offers a variety of options to tailor your research degree to your own particular requirements. From your research topic to your mode of study; from the country you work in to the duration of your programme – we will support you in finding a route that works for you.

Take a moment to discover more about the available options and hear about the work of our current postgraduate researchers.

 Before you apply online for one of our postgraduate research programmes, find out about the steps you'll need to follow – including how to find the right School or Department for you, write a research proposal and make your online application. 

Once you're at Reading

As a member of the postgraduate research community at Reading, you have access to a wide range of services, facilities and supportive staff, all with the aim of enabling you to perform at your best and successfully complete your doctoral studies within your chosen timeframe.


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