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Developing a PhD

We currently run three PhDs - the PhD in Applied Linguistics, the PhD in Applied Linguistics (Taught-Track & Thesis) and the PhD in Comparative and Intercultural Studies, all available on a full or part-time basis.

Why study with us?

Benefit from our wealth of research expertise, an active postgraduate research community and opportunities for teaching experience.


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 our Department and the Doctoral and Researcher College, which is the University of Reading's hub for all doctoral activity. The Doctoral and Researcher College provides training, facilities and support services to enable you to perform at your best during your time with us.

Our research

Our staff are active in academic research and cutting-edge practice, with a long tradition of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects.


Life in the Department

The Department is a great environment in which to collaborate and share experiences, allowing you to develop transferable skills and your very best work.


Research stories

Our staff and PhD students develop exciting and diverse projects that span disciplines and the globe.