Reading, University of

Institution: 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 19,000 students from around 150 countries
• 98% of the University's research is of international standing (REF 2014)
• 94% of our taught postgraduates in work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17)
• Of our taught postgraduates in work, 96% in professional or managerial positions within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17)
• 87% student satisfaction (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2017)
• Only 30 minutes from London by train and 40 minutes from Heathrow airport
• Our new campus in Malaysia opened in 2016

Postgraduate study
As an internationally renowned institution and one of the UK's leading research-based universities, the University of Reading offers you an excellent environment for your postgraduate studies.

We offer over 150 taught postgraduate courses, and our 7,900 postgraduates benefit from excellent career prospects and a thriving graduate community.

Career prospects
Our close ties with industry keep our teaching relevant and ensure that University of Reading postgraduates continue to stand out in competitive job markets around the world. 94 per cent of University of Reading taught postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating. Of those working full-time, 96 per cent are in professional or managerial positions.

Funding opportunities
The University of Reading awards over £8 million each year to support postgraduate students through scholarships and bursaries.

For available master’s funding, check our Scholarships webpage.

For PhD funding opportunities, check our Graduate School’s Funding and Fees webpages.

Teaching
Our academic staff include leading international researchers and practitioners with experience working on a range of research projects.

Collaborative supervision across departmental boundaries is actively encouraged.

Many of our scholars carry out multidisciplinary research that is contributing to a more sustainable future - and this cutting-edge research informs their teaching activities.

Research
Research culture is part of everything we do at Reading, and we have a vibrant postgraduate research community.

98% of our research was rated as being "world-class" or "internationally recognised" in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 2014, and we are rated as one of the top 20 universities in the UK for research intensity.

We are now one of the foremost research-led universities in the UK.

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.

Travel links
As well as all the benefits of a beautiful campus location, Reading is also within easy reach of one of the world's most iconic capital cities. There are excellent transport links to London so getting there is easy and simple.

Direct links by train:

London Paddington – 30 minutes
Oxford – 30 minutes
Bristol – 1 hour 15 minutes
Birmingham – 1 hour 40 minutes
Cardiff –1 hour 40 minutes

International airports are just a short journey away.

It takes only 40 minutes by direct Railair bus service to get from Reading train station to London Heathrow, and London Gatwick is just over an hour away by train.

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