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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Reading

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

It is anticipated that a PhD at Reading should be 3 years full-time study, although it is possible to submit up to 4 years from the beginning of the programme. To help you get there, you have your supervisor and your supervisory committee and the following intermediate milestones: 6 months: a literature review and report on any pilot experiments, 12-16 months: an upgrading report and viva, to confirm PhD registration, 24 months: a second year presentation and review, 30 months: thesis plan.

Initially all students are registered for a PhD. After 12-16 months students submit a progress report and, on the basis of this, the supervisory committee either issue a Confirmation of Registration for a PhD (between 3 and 4 years after starting) or recommend switching to an MPhil (between 2 and 3 years after starting). In practice, it is rare for students not to have their registration for PhD confirmed, occasionally after submitting a revised report.

Training for our PhD students

PhD training has two components. First, the specialist knowledge and skills involved in your personal research project. Second, the transferable skills that you will need to function at a high level in any organisation that employs you.

Specialist training will be worked out with your supervisor and supervisory committee. It may be appropriate to work in other labs for a time to acquire specific skills. You should reflect on your progress from time to time to ensure you acquire the technical knowledge employers will need - for example, ensure you understand the principles of any machine you use and learn to use it yourself from the staff who manage it.

Transferable skills training should take place throughout your time here. There are components organised by the School, and a programme organised by the Faculties of Science and Life Sciences. You should maintain a record of your training and development in the logbook provided when you start, and periodically reflect on areas you need to develop. It is good practice to maintain a Personal Development Plan.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 21,350per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Reading

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  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 25,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    47th out of 100 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    122 55%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.13 83%



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