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Developing a PhD

Find out about our areas of expertise, our postgraduate supervision, and the flexible modes of study we offer.

Why study with us?

We have been ranked 9th in the UK for research intensity in Politics and International Studies (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of latest Research Excellence Framework 2014) .

Fees and funding

The University allocates over £8m each year in PhD studentships and bursaries, so there are many ways to access funding.

How we support you

You'll receive support from our Department as well as the Graduate School, which is the University of Reading's hub for all doctoral activity. 

Life in the Department

When you choose to undertake a PhD with us, you will join a supportive academic community. You will have opportunities to attend departmental seminars, present your work and network with other researchers.

Our research

Our groundbreaking work on global organisations such as the United Nations sits alongside research into international political economy, intergenerational justice and equality. 

Our PhD students

Find out who our current PhD students are and what research projects they are working on in the Department of Politics and International Relations.