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Study a PhD with the University of Reading and Macquarie University, Sydney, and you'll join a leading, research-intensive School.

98% of research from the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework, 2014 – Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience).

When you study with us, you'll be part of an academic community that's passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. Our School is home to multiple on-site clinics as well as modern neuroimaging facilities. 

Cotutelle PhD opportunities

Our cotutelle PhD programme, where you study jointly at two instituitions, allows doctoral students to spend time at both the University of Reading and Macquarie University and receive an award from both. 

You'll be registered at both universities and supervised by academics from both Reading and Macquarie.

Study arrangements depend on each individual project, with at least one year spent in each institution.

The international student experience

Coming to another country can be a big change in your life. It’s important to make sure that you are happy in your new home.

We’ll help you to thrive in our lively academic environment, developed from cross-cultural collaboration.

Both our students and staff communities are made up of people from across the world. We have students from more than 60 countries studying with us.

Our team of advisers are available to offer support on issues such as money matters, visa queries and accommodation. You can also benefit from the Reading University International Mentoring Scheme, which matches you with a current student mentor at the University.

Read more about support for international students at Reading

Entry requirements

Entry requirements may vary depending on your individual PhD programme. Prospective students are advised to contact a potential supervisor initially to discuss the project and possibility of participating in this cotutelle PhD.


Fees vary depending on the programme and the amount of time spent in each institution. For more information please contact Jonathan Lloyd by emailing

Life in the School

Discover what life is like for PhD students who join our vibrant and supportive research community, and learn about our research seminars and events.
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Life on campus

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