University of Reading cookie policy

We use cookies on to improve your experience, monitor site performance and tailor content to you

Read our cookie policy to find out how to manage your cookie settings

Join our Department and learn alongside peers with varied backgrounds for a greater depth and richness of perspective.

Whether you're studying for a postgraduate course following an undergraduate degree, returning to study, or changing career, we welcome all students. 

We take pride in making sure that all our students feel part of the department.


Vibrant research environment

We offer a truly interdisciplinary and lively research environment. We regularly invite our students to research seminars, workshops and conferences within the University, where students have the opportunity to engage with guest speakers. 

The Department recently organised the annual Stenton Lecture and Workshop where the speaker, Dr Sadiah Qureshi (University of Birmingham), spoke about histories of extinction. The lecture was accompanied by a Stenton workshop in partnership with the British Museum entitled: ‘Collecting and nineteenth-century Empires’.

Support while you study

We cultivate a dynamic learning environment that acknowledges learning as a two-way, collaborative process. As such, you will develop your own highly skilled critical theories, and grow as a historian. You will also be supported by our friendly, inclusive community of students and staff.

Each student is assigned an academic supervisor who will offer guidance, provide support and monitor your progress during your studies. Your supervisor will support you to master all the appropriate research skills and ensure your project reaches a successful conclusion.

Astor 100

Watch Abbie share her experience of being a part of the Astor 100 campaign at Reading.



History is no ordinary subject - which makes the stories we have to tell, extraordinary.


Life on campus

Our main campus is set on 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, so you'll find plenty of places to relax. Our campus is home to a thriving community and features the Students' Union, Library and places to eat.

Life in Reading

Step off campus and you'll find yourself in a bustling town centre offering a variety of shops, restaurants and activities. We're also well-connected – you can reach London Paddington within half an hour by train.