University profile

University of Reading

2018/19 edition

About University of Reading

The University of Reading was established in 1926 and has a world-class reputation for the quality of our teaching, research and links to business.

Over the decades we have become innovators and pioneers, pushing academic boundaries and leading social change.

Key facts

  • Home to over 17,000 students from 150 countries
  • 98% of the University's research is of international standing (REF 2014)
  • 98% of our taught postgraduate graduates in work or study within six months of graduating (DHLE 2014)
  • 87% student satisfaction (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2015)
  • Only 30 minutes from London by train and 40 minutes from Heathrow airport
  • Our new campus in Malaysia opened in 2016.

Postgraduate study

As an internationally renowned institution and one of the UK’s leading research-based universities, the University of Reading offers you an excellent environment for your postgraduate studies.

We offer over 150 taught postgraduate courses, and our 7,500 postgraduates benefit from excellent career prospects and a thriving graduate community.

In class

Career prospects

Our close ties with industry keep our teaching relevant and ensure that University of Reading postgraduates continue to stand out in competitive job markets around the world. 98 per cent of University of Reading taught postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating. Of those working full-time, 97 per cent are in professional or managerial positions.


Our academic staff include leading international researchers and practitioners with experience working on a range of research projects.

Collaborative supervision across departmental boundaries is actively encouraged.

Many of our scholars carry out multidisciplinary research that is contributing to a more sustainable future – and this cutting-edge research informs their teaching activities.


Research culture is part of everything we do at Reading, and we have a vibrant postgraduate research community.

98% of our research was rated as being “world-class” or “internationally recognised” in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, and we are rated as one of the top 20 universities in the UK for research intensity.

We are now one of the foremost research-led universities in the UK.

Facilities, resources and support

Reading has state-of-the art research facilities and platforms, many archives and collections, and an extensive library which is now open 24 hours a day during term time.

On stairs

Our campuses

Reading’s award-winning Whiteknights campus offers a friendly, community atmosphere and plenty of green spaces. It’s a place to meet new people from around the world and to build lifelong friendships.

We also have a global presence – alongside our Whiteknights and London Road campuses in Reading, and Henley Business School at our Greenlands campus in Henley-upon-Thames, there is also Henley Business School (South Africa) in Johannesburg, and the University of Reading Malaysia in Iskandar.

The local area

Whether you are a sports fan, love a good comedy club or just want a night out with friends, Reading has something for you.

There's great shopping at the Oracle, plenty of green spaces to relax in and a huge range of cuisine from around the world.

Reading Festival is one of the best known music festivals in the UK, with over 87,000 fans flocking to see some of the biggest names in music.

You can also experience the thrill of a live football or rugby match at the Madejski Stadium, which is close to the town centre. The venue, which seats over 24,000 people, is home to Reading FC and London Irish Rugby Club.

Travel links

As well as all the benefits of a beautiful campus location, Reading is also within easy reach of one of the world's most iconic capital cities. There are excellent transport links to London so getting there is easy and simple.

Direct links by train:

London Paddington – 30 minutes

Oxford – 30 minutes
Bristol – 1 hour 15 minutes
Birmingham – 1 hour 40 minutes
Cardiff –1 hour 40 minutes

International airports are just a short journey away.

It takes only 40 minutes by direct Railair bus service to get from Reading train station to London Heathrow, and London Gatwick is just over an hour away by train.

Sat under tree

How to apply

The quickest and easiest away to apply for postgraduate study at the University of Reading is through our online application service. The online service allows you to complete your application form and attach electronic copies of your academic transcripts, certificates and other supporting information. It also provides a tool for sending an email request to your referees, enabling them to send your supporting references directly to us.

Further info

Our team of experienced admissions staff is here to help you throughout the application process so please do not hesitate to get in touch with them if you need any help with completing your application or have a question about the progress of your application. You can contact them via email.

Candidates for the PGCE and School Direct courses should submit an application via UCAS Teacher Training.

Entry requirements

Please visit our postgraduate entry requirements page for information on academic qualifications and English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page for details.

Visit us

Please visit our postgraduate events page to see upcoming opportunities to visit us.

Master's visit afternoon

21 June 2019: Master's Lunch

Contact details

Contact name
Student Recruitment and Outreach
+44 (0)118 378 7589