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Why study with us?

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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

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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

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

Fees and funding

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

How we support you

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Experienced, committed supervisors support your studies, alongside our Graduate School, the University of Reading's hub for all doctoral activity.

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Our research

In the last research excellence framework, we were ranked first in the UK for research in the history, practice, and theory of typography and graphic communication (Times Higher Education Institutions ranked by subject, based on its analysis of the last research excellence framework (REF) 2014).

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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.

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Our staff

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