The University of Reading is one of the UK’s leading research universities, enjoying a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. We are currently ranked in the top 25 universities in the UK and the top 200 worldwide. Representing the world’s top 1%, our ranking reflects our academic reputation and commitment to delivering an excellent all-round education. As a global university, our research and teaching addresses issues of global concern,such as climate change, food security and sustainable development.

With its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, Reading is one of the most popular choices in the UK for higher education. Our beautiful 130-hectare campus is consistently rated one of the best green spaces in the UK. The town itself is a diverse and vibrant place to live. As well as being located just 30 minutes from central London, Reading is a leading shopping and recreational centre for the region and is home to many successful international companies.

Students from over 130 countries around the world help to make Reading a caring, vibrant and friendly place to study.

The academic experience

With staff who are nationally and internationally recognised experts in their fields, you can expect excellent teaching combined with dedicated study support to ensure you reach your full potential. Our taught courses may mix lectures and seminars with laboratory work where appropriate. The form of assessment will depend on the modules you select but it could include oral presentations, written exams or essays.We want you to feel prepared for life and careers beyond the University and we are committed to providing all the support you need to develop your employability. We provide opportunities for you to acquire skills employers want through your academic studies and a breadth of extra-curricular activities.
Our Careers Centre can advise you on the wide-range of graduate opportunities open to you with a University of Reading degree.

We are committed to ensuring that our postgraduate research students receive high-level support and training throughout their programmes. Join us as a research student and you will become a member of our University-wide Graduate School, which provides a focal point for research students, with information about grant opportunities, conferences and seminars and other training opportunities within the University and beyond. By providing an opportunity for students to meet staff and students from other disciplines, the School seeks to encourage inter and multi-disciplinary research collaborations as well as the sharing of good practice. An excellent venue for social and educational events for students and staff, the Graduate School aims to provide a supportive community for postgraduate students.

A home away from home

At Reading, we pride ourselves on being a residential university offering a range of high-quality accommodation. You can expect a fully-furnished study bedroom with internet and network access included in the price. The majority of rooms have their own bathrooms but you can also choose
to live in a Hall with shared bathroom facilities. Most Halls are grouped in flats of 6-10 rooms around a shared kitchen where you can socialise and cook meals with new friends and housemates.

English language support

Studying in a second language can be challenging. The University’s International Study and Language Centre (ISLC) provides tuition in English for academic study in a variety of ways to support your progress and development.

  • Pre-sessional English courses offer the best preparation in English language and academic study skills
  • In-sessional English support provides further help for full-time students who want to practice or social English skills