PhD - How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply for Postgraduate study at the University of Reading is through our online application service. This allows you to complete your application information, attach electronic copies of your academic transcripts, certificates and other supporting information and also provides a facility for an email request to be sent to your referees enabling them to send your supporting references directly to us.

If you are applying to follow a research programme, you may also be asked to include a research proposal with your application. More information on this is available on the Graduate School website.

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If you are unable to apply online you can request a paper application form by telephoning +44(0) 118 378 5289 or writing to the Admissions Office, University of Reading, Miller Building, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AB, UK.

When to apply

UK applicants: no later than two months before the start of the programme

International applicants: no later than four months before the start of the programme

Most doctoral researchers join us at the beginning of the autumn term in October but a small number of research students also start at the beginning of the spring term (January) and at the beginning of summer term (April).

Some of the competitions for scholarships (including those funded by the University of Reading, the Research Councils and other organisations) will also have deadlines for application and will require you to have received a formal offer of a place from us before you submit your application. Please make sure that you submit your application for admission well in advance to allow enough time for us to process it before the scholarship deadline.

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For postgraduate research application enquiries, please contact us by email at or by phone on +44 (0) 118 378 5289.

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