University profile

University of Reading

2021/22 edition

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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.

Our PhD areas

The University offers doctoral study opportunities in a wide range of areas. Visit our Graduate School for more information about funding, modes of study, how to apply and our doctoral community.

Careers and Employability

At Reading, you can start preparing for your future career from the day you arrive.

Our Careers Service offers individual advice and guidance during your studies, as well as a range of workshops and events to help you find part-time work, volunteering and graduate roles.

This focus on employability contributes to the success of our graduates: 94% of our taught postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating. Of those working full time, more than 95% are in professional or managerial occupations (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2016/17 leavers.)

Funding opportunities

The University of Reading offers a range of scholarships to master’s students. Some awards are offered directly by the University and others are allocated to our students by external funding bodies.

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.

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.

Applications & entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK).

For international students, our English language requirements are usually an overall score of either 6.5 or 7.0 in the IELTS (depending on the programme).

The quickest and easiest way to apply for postgraduate study at the University of Reading is through our online application service.

Fees and funding

Please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page for details.

Contact details

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