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PhD opportunities

We offer flexible modes of study designed to fit with your needs. Our doctoral students undertake impactful research that's interdisciplinary and archive-based, spanning from the Middle Ages to the present.


Why study with us?

100% of our research is of international standing (REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Modern Languages and Linguistics).


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

Join a friendly, collaborative community. You’ll have many opportunities to network with other researchers, within the University and internationally.


Our research

We study French, Italian, German, Spanish and several related languages, including Dutch, Catalan, Latin, medieval Occitan.

Find a supervisor

Our experts teach across four distinct areas, combining language study with history, politics, literature, linguistics, film and culture.