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Why study with us?


We are well known for the scope and quality of our postgraduate research and the diversity of our doctoral community.

Life in the Department

Discover more about life as a doctoral student in a department full of opportunities, connections and possibilities.

Develop your PhD proposal


Find out about our areas of expertise, the modes of study we offer, and how we can help you to shape your research project.

Student research topics


Learn more about the breadth of doctoral research topics our students have been pursuing for more than five decades.

Fees and funding


The University allocates around 150 entry awards each year in PhD studentships and bursaries, so there are many ways to access PhD funding.

How we support you


Experienced, committed supervisors support your studies, alongside our Doctoral and Researcher College, the University of Reading's hub for all doctoral activity.


Our research

95% of our research is world leading or internationally excellent and 100% of our research impact has been classed ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory; Typography and Graphic Communication).


Collections and archives

Our collections and archives of lettering, printing and graphic design are internationally important. We pioneered collections-based PhD research in our field.


Our staff

Our staff are leaders in their fields and active in research. Find out more about their areas of expertise and current projects.