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The University of Reading is one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities and is ranked 205 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020). It has over 150 years of history, with origins as a University of Oxford extension college.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

4,618 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 64%
  • Part Time 36%

Domicile

  • UK 60%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 33%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Business & Management Studies 30 675 705
Accounting & Finance 25 535 560
Education 115 440 555
Other 30 410 440
Land & Property Management 15 355 370
Geography & Environmental Science 100 85 185
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 40 130 170
Building 15 120 140
Food Science 55 75 125
Law 15 105 120
Psychology 50 70 115
Biological Sciences 80 30 110
Librarianship & Information Management 30 80 110
Marketing 10 80 85
Agriculture & Forestry 70 15 85
Economics 35 50 85
Art & Design 45 35 75
English 25 35 55
Linguistics 30 25 55
History 20 35 55
Archaeology 25 20 45
Politics 15 30 45
Chemistry 35 0 35
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 0 35 35
Mathematics 35 0 35
Aural & Oral Sciences 0 30 30
Classics & Ancient History 20 5 25
Philosophy 15 10 25
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 15 5 20
Anatomy & Physiology 10 10 20
Computer Science 10 10 20
General Engineering 10 10 20
Social Policy 0 15 15
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 10 0 10
Civil Engineering 10 0 10
Nursing 0 10 10
Italian 5 0 5
Architecture 5 0 5
American Studies 5 0 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

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Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • New full-time postgraduate students are guaranteed accommodation if they accept the university's offer of a place, apply for accommodation by the application deadline and fulfil the conditions of their offer by the specified date.