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University of Reading

United Kingdom


The University of Reading has a rich history. Established in 1892 as an extension college of Oxford University and granted its Royal Charter in 1926, the university has established itself as a globally connected institution with an excellent reputation for research and teaching quality. The university was ranked 205 in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

Located on an award-winning campus close to London, the university has a community of around 5,000 international students from over 165 countries. Reading makes the effort to ensure all students are well integrated with dozens of clubs and societies, and an impressive selection of sports and leisure facilities. Students are well taken care of with a wide range of support services that ensure they are assisted during their time at the university.

Students can choose from approximately 500 undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and 98 per cent of the research conducted at the institution has been internationally recognised (REF 2014). The university demonstrates a firm commitment to remaining at the cutting-edge of advances in teaching and learning, encouraging a collaborative environment amongst staff and within the student community. In order to help with funding, the University of Reading also offers a variety of scholarships for students at all levels.

GBP 500 million has been invested in the university campus, covering accommodation, research and teaching. The ''2026: Transform'' project, is a GBP 200 million investment aimed at improving campus facilities. The complete refurbishment of the library and opening of a new Health and Life Sciences building are among the key developments. Plans for global creative media and film hub reflect the university's collaboration with external partners.

The University of Reading aims to represent the values of the wider community, and the university takes pride in the rich cultural diversity of the student community.

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What's new

What's new

Covid-19 update

The University of Reading is preparing for a return to campus for the autumn 2021 term. With the safety of staff and students a critical priority, the university has well-established protocols to manage the situation, including the capability to provide Covid testing facilities. Full details about the 2021-22 academic year will be communicated to new and returning students in the summer and will reflect government guidelines and health service advice. There are dedicated Covid-19 FAQ pages and resources on the university website. Alongside regular e-communications, this allows all students, from applicants to those currently enrolled, to keep up to date with the latest developments and information.

University developments

The University of Reading is a place where new and exciting developments continuously occur. The university has recently launched a number of new programmes:

  • The Master of Architecture programme is a two-year course that equips students with the critical skills required in the field. This includes the utilisation of space through design, responsible and sustainable innovation, and positively shaping environments for the future.
  • Undergraduate Architectural Engineering courses (BEng and MEng) synthesise architectural building design and creativity with the technical aspects of environmental engineering and energy systems. This empowers students with a broad skill set and allows them to work across a number of disciplines.
  • The BSc in Chemistry with Cosmetic Science teaches the intricacies of cosmetic products including colour, scent, ingredients and ethics. Students will be taught by experts in the fields of biological sciences, food, pharmacy and chemistry.
  • The MA in Migration and Intercultural studies, explores the multilingual and intercultural factors that influence policymakers and practitioners, and explore how these factors enhance their interaction with migrants and refugees.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Reading holds a silver award in the UK Government's 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Significant investment has been made in the development and strengthening of teaching and the student experience with a view to providing an ideal learning environment.

The TEF award underlined certain key aspects of the university's approach including:

  • The development of students and ensuring their progress, notably through employability initiatives.
  • A personalised learning approach and the associated student retention, fostering an environment of commitment and engagement.
  • An institutional culture that acknowledges and rewards excellence in teaching.
  • A high-quality of resources, both digital and physical.
  • Engagement with students on issues such as research, scholarship and practice.

The university has also made provision for high-quality teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic, with all programmes being delivered online or through a ‘blended' approach whereby face-to-face and remote study can be offered in parallel. In addition, the university has put in place guidelines and measures to ensure the safety of staff and students for programmes which have been permitted by the UK government to take place face-to-face, such as pharmacy, medicine and teacher training. More information on the university's teaching and response to the Covid-19 can be found on the institution's website.

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Department structure

Department structure

The university have a number of key themes that guide research:

  • The University of Reading places a significant emphasis on environmental research. Under the banner of ‘The Environment' the university brings together hundreds of researchers, PhD students and academics to discuss and tackle the challenges faced by environmental change.
  • Food is another area of focus for the university, with the critical role that it plays in terms of health, culture and society. Discussions and investigations focus on how it is produced and the wider implications this may have.
  • Public debate on the critical issues of migration, health and (dis)ability is strongly encouraged. This also includes the function of the creative and heritage industries in the promotion of diversity.

The University of Reading's Prosperity and Resilience research theme looks at whether the institution's practices contribute to the prosperity of society and build resilience economically, socially, environmentally and politically.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Undergraduate entry requirements

Each undergraduate programme at the university has specific entry requirements and these are listed on the university website. Some courses require a certain amount of knowledge in a particular subject before students can commence study. The university is happy to make conditional admission offers, which means students can apply during their final year of school and entry is dependent on exam outcomes.

The University of Reading welcomes applications from students offering a range of qualifications, including the British A-level, IB (International Baccalaureate), various foundation programmes and a number of school leaving certificates offered by other countries.

International students looking to undertake a degree programme and needing some preliminary studies can register for the University of Reading International Foundation Programme (IFP) or a Pre-sessional English course. With over 30 years of experience as a university-owned programme the IFP gives students the highest quality preparation for undergraduate studies.

Postgraduate entry requirements

For entry to postgraduate programmes, prospective master's students are normally required to have a good undergraduate (bachelor's) degree, or equivalent. Doctoral programme (PhD) applications usually require a master's degree and students will need to submit a research proposal, unless applying for a specific research project.

English language requirements

Evidence of English language proficiency may be necessary for students who do not speak English as a first language. The IELTS test is the most commonly accepted test at the university, however a number of others are also recognised. Requirements for admission, based on IELTS scores, are usually between 6.5 to 7.0, with students also being able to take a pre-sessional English course (PSE) at the university's International Study and Language Institute.

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Student support & graduate outcomes

Student support & graduate outcomes

Welcome and meet and greet service

The university's meet and greet service is offered to students arriving at London Heathrow Airport during Welcome Week. In addition, university-organised social events and tours of Reading help students settle into life in the UK. Students are also provided with maps of Reading, a guide to opening a bank account and details of Students' Union events.

Visa support

Reading has dedicated immigration advisers on campus to provide specialist advice on visas, including working during or after studies.

Other support

Students receive dedicated support from a student adviser and the Reading University Students' Union's international students' officer. The Students' Union Advice Services can help with personal, social, academic, financial and welfare matters. Pre-arrival assistance is available in the form of in-country briefings and advice.

Graduate outcomes

95 per cent of the university's graduates go on to work or further study (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18).

Professional experience

University of Reading students gain invaluable work experience through secure placements and internships while studying. Placements range from a couple of weeks to a full year.

Careers, coaching, support and networking

The Careers Service offers free support during the course of a student's degree and for up to 18 months after graduation. An annual survey done in 2020 showed that 98 per cent of users would recommend the service.

Hundreds of careers and networking events are organised throughout the year, many of which are attended by employers from the university's extensive network, including the annual Careers and Placements fair.

The university also offers the THRIVE Career Mentoring scheme offered in the penultimate year and the MY Jobs Online service. The university's alumni form a global community of more than 280,000 people and contribute by mentoring students and providing work placements long after they graduate.

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Scholarship and funding

Scholarship and funding

The university has a wide range of scholarships on offer to international students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The opportunities for funding may depend on a student's nationality and the course they wish to study. The following is a selection of scholarships and bursaries on offer:

  • Chevening Scholarships
  • Subject-specific and General Masters Scholarships
  • Felix Scholarships
  • University International Research Studentships
  • Henley Business School Scholarships
  • Rotary Graduate Scholarship – Environmental Programme
  • Vice-Chancellor Global Scholarship Award
  • Subject-specific undergraduate scholarships: IFP Scholarships and Discounts

The University of Reading and Chevening, the UK government's global scholarship programme, have been working together over the past 20 years, offering high achieving students funding for master's degrees. To date, the University of Reading has welcomed nearly 500 Chevening scholars to its campuses from all over the globe.

The International Research Studentships are PhD scholarships available for highly qualified applicants for research degrees within science, life sciences, social science and arts and humanities.

The university also offers over 50 scholarships worth GBP 4,000 each, applied as a tuition fee reduction, for undergraduate international students via the Vice-Chancellor Global Scholarship Award. To qualify students must first have been accepted to study at the university and no further application is required. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement.

The triple-accredited, internationally-recognised Henley Business School offers over 100 scholarships each year. Some scholarships will cover the full cost of tuition. Many awards will make a partial contribution to the cost of study.

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The University of Reading was established in 1892. It is recognized as one of the top 200 Universities in the world, and is home to thousands of students from various countries. The University is a four-time winner of the Queen?s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education.

Reading offers more than 350 undergraduate and postgraduate courses taught by leading academics. It offers a wide range of programmes from the pure and applied sciences to languages, humanities, social sciences, business and arts. Research at Reading is structured around five themes that include environment, food, health, heritage and creativity, and prosperity and resilience.

The university is set within 123 hectares of beautiful award-winning parkland, including lakes, meadows and the renowned Harris Garden with flower meadows, a cherry tree orchard and a jungle garden. Its campus is a thriving community and features the Students' Union, contemporary study facilities, halls of residence, support services, library, places to eat and one the UK?s best student clubs. University of Reading

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