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Dedicated support in the Department

As a PhD student in the Department of Meteorology, you'll be assigned at least one supervisor within the Department, who will normally meet with you once a week to provide support.

You'll also be allocated a monitoring committee of two people, who will meet you twice a year to ensure that you're on track with your studies and help resolve any issues you may have.


In the Department, you'll be provided with a desk and a PC in a shared office, along with access to our large shared computational cluster and any appropriate software relevant to your topic of study. Kitchen facilities, large coffee areas, and meeting spaces are available in all buildings, and a well-stocked departmental library is provided.

As many of our research students have little prior knowledge in atmospheric or oceanic sciences, the first two terms are normally partly occupied with a selection of master's courses.

We also offer an exciting range of opportunities to work with other researchers across the University's Environment Theme, and to take part in multi-disciplinary training activities organised by the Department.

Learn more about life in the Department

Support from the Doctoral and Researcher College

The Doctoral and Researcher College is the University of Reading's hub for doctoral students, based in a dedicated building on Whiteknights Campus. It provides advice, training, study facilities and professional development for all doctoral students at the University.

The Doctoral and Researcher College is dedicated to ensuring you get the most out of your PhD and fulfil your potential as a researcher. It runs a number of programmes to help you develop academically and professionally, which are all included as part of your PhD at no extra cost.

Reading Researcher Development Programme

This training programme is designed to help you successfully complete your PhD and improve your personal effectiveness.

It includes sessions on writing skills, managing data, interviews and how to get your work published.

Leadership programme

Designed in partnership with Henley Business School, this programme is designed specifically for you to develop your skills in leadership.

You'll enhance your understanding, experience and practice of leading and have the opportunity to explore your own capabilities.

Preparing to Teach

Preparing to Teach equips you with the teaching skills you'll need if you are considering a career as an academic.

You will develop knowledge on effective teaching and learning, how to assess students' work and how to provide feedback.

English language support

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If English is not your first language, our International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) can help you develop your academic English skills.

ISLI also offers doctoral thesis writing programmes in partnership with the Doctoral and Researcher College. These are available free of charge to international students.

Disability support

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The University provides a number of support services for people who have accessibility or additional learning needs.

Wellbeing support


The University’s dedicated range of specialist support teams are here for you, whether you are on campus or studying remotely.

We also offer the Life Tools programme, a series of free talks designed by experts to help you take control of your personal and professional development.