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World-leading research

100% of our research impact has been classed ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience).

Research activity in the School is broad and extensive, with regular seminar programmes taking place in all research areas.

Our School has particular expertise in cognitive neuroscience, psychopathology, personalised nutrition and language sciences.

Learn more about our research


Clinics and centres

Our research facilities for studying the brain in action include the:

We are unique in housing three clinical research facilities on site for:

  • Autism
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Speech and language therapy.

Other facilities

We have invested heavily in purpose-built research facilities, including:

  • A Neuroscience Centre housing a Siemens 3T Prisma MRI scanner and MRI-compatible TMS, EEG/ERP and thermal stimulator for generating pain
  • Virtual reality, vision, pain, sensory and psychophysiology labs
  • Eye-tracking facilities for in-lab and remote testing
  • Wet lab
  • Nutrition lab
  • Infant observation rooms

Collaborations and funding

We have active collaborations with other departments and research centres within the University as well as with external institutions.

We receive funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, and the wider University, and have a strong track record of securing funding from other public and private sector sources.

We also offer a cotutelle PhD, where you study jointly at two different institutions, with our partner institution Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

I have thoroughly enjoyed studying here. The support of my fellow PhD students and the anxiety research group within which I work has been invaluable throughout the PhD process.

Suzannah Ravenscroft, PhD graduate


Read Willemijn's story

I chose Reading because of my supervisors' research interests and backgrounds. I discussed my project ideas before applying and their enthusiasm encouraged me to accept the position.

Willemijn Doedens, PhD student


How we support you

As well as receiving support from your supervisors within the Department, you'll have access to wider academic and pastoral support services provided by the University.

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.
Athena SWAN Silver Award