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PhD opportunities

Discover PhD opportunities in ecology and evolutionary biology and biological sciences.
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Why study with us?

As a PhD student in our School, you'll be able to make fascinating discoveries that address global challenges. Our campus provides a rich environment for biological scientists.

Fees and funding

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

How we support you

You'll receive support from the School of Biological Sciences and the Doctoral and Researcher College, which is the University of Reading's hub for all doctoral activity.


We conduct research in areas that are highly relevant to current global challenges. We seek to uncover new ways to protect the natural world.
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Life in the Department

Our students are publishing in high-impact journals, presenting at international conferences, organising outreach activities and making a difference in society. 

Meet the team

Our staff will support and guide you through the development of your research. Find a supervisor whose interests align with yours.
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