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Studying at PhD level – University of Reading

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Studying at PhD level

As a postgraduate research student in the School of Pharmacy at Reading, you will be part of a large and vibrant community. You will work alongside a thriving group of postdoctoral researchers who recently completed their PhDs.

"Luckily, I had help from a lot of students and staff from other research areas. Looking back, I learned a lot in that time. The key was to stay focused on what I wanted to achieve and to work towards it."

An introduction to the department

The School of Pharmacy has a long and established track record of research, working with a wide variety of industrial and academic partners to achieve significant social and economic benefits. We use the Chemical Analysis Facility and the Hopkins labs at the University to carry out our research, and offer external opportunities through our collaborations with Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

World-leading research

The latest Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014) recognised 85% of our research as world-leading or internationally excellent. Research activity within the Department is broad and extensive and covers the areas of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Pharmacy Practice.

We have active collaborations with other departments within the University, for example the Brain Embodiment Laboratory (BEL), the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN) and the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR), as well as with external institutions.

What we offer

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.


Over the course of your PhD you will also be involved in opportunities to communicate your work and network with other researchers, present a seminar, speak at conferences and workshops, and visit or host researchers from elsewhere.


In the first two years of your degree course, you will benefit from a programme of relevant postgraduate courses which will be agreed between you and your supervisor/s as well as a programme of transferable skills organised by the Graduate School.


Our PhD students go on to work in academia as postdoctoral researchers, but also quickly find employment within the pharmaceutical or healthcare sectors.

Research groups

In addition to offering a PhD in Pharmacy, it is also possible to study a PhD in the following areas:

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