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PhD opportunities

Explore research you're passionate about, while working with  industrial and academic partners to achieve significant social and economic benefits.

Life in the School

Join a vibrant and diverse research community in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development.


How we support you

You will receive dedicated support from the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, as well as the Doctoral and Researcher College – the University of Reading's hub for all doctoral activity.


Fees and funding

The University allocates around 150 entry awards each year in PhD studentships and bursaries, so there are plenty of ways to access PhD funding.


Our facilities

Explore our extensive, specialist facilities – from arable and dairy farms to analytical laboratories.


Our research

Our research is driven by key global challenges and aligns closely with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are the 3rd highest placed UK University (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024 – Agriculture and Forestry) for teaching and research. Ranked 27th in the world. 

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Meet the team

We have a diverse team of experts across five academic departments.