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Our research areas

The academic staff at Reading School of Pharmacy conduct internationally competitive research across a range of research subjects, and these are the areas in which you can conduct your PhD: Applied Health Research, Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Physiology and Pharmacology, and Pharmacy Practice.

We offer flexible modes of study designed to fit with your needs. Our PhD is available for study on a full-time basis over three years and part-time over four to six years. Both full-time and part-time variants are available for study in Reading, or at a distance for students who live outside the UK.


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Types of doctoral degree

We offer several routes to a doctoral qualification, so you can find the one that suits you and the topic you wish to study.
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Part-time study

Our Department offers both part-time and full-time PhDs, so you can choose a mode of study that suits your circumstances. 
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PhD by Distance

Our PhD by Distance programme allows you to benefit from the expertise of a Reading-based supervisor, while conducting your research in a different location.

PhD opportunities

Find a PhD opportunity that aligns with your interests and career ambitions.

We want to ensure that your time spent with us is as rewarding as possible. To allow you to explore your various options, below is a list of some of the PhD supervision areas that we have available. You can find a more comprehensive list on our PhD supervisor research areas page.

You can also propose your own project that aligns with our research. Find out more about how to apply for a PhD, and identify and contact a supervisor.



Our research

97% of our research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy).

Our staff

Meet our teaching and academic staff, and find out who might be teaching you on our various courses.

Work with us

Take advantage of our close links to industry, tech start-ups and patients and the public, giving you a wealth of opportunities to network.