The University of Reading offers students an unparalleled learning environment in which to undertake original scholarly research in our outstanding and wide-ranging collections.

Alongside high-quality research supervision, PhD researchers benefit from exceptional access to primary sources, material culture, and the associated professional expertise of a university museum.

This nationally distinctive postgraduate training provides an outstanding pathway to a PhD, underpinned by a focus on museum and archives skills training and placement opportunities that enhance both intellectual and employment horizons.

PhD structure

The programme is underpinned by five elements:

  • a subject-specific PhD research topic for supervision by disciplinary experts at UoR
  • a core training & skills module available to all students
  • subject-specific training and advice both within and across disciplines
    regular surgery slots for collection specific queries
  • a practice-based learning programme.

Students on this programme become part of a community of scholars and researchers and enjoy enhanced access to academic supervision and professional expert advice, as well as valuable opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary work.

Drawing on the diverse connections with arts, heritage, publishing and other professional networks offered by the scope of our museums and collections, students will be provided with a clear route to gain experience of collaboration, publication and public engagement.

This unique tailored approach enables students to develop transferable skills that will enhance employability in academia, publishing, museums and heritage, research posts, and the information and cultural sectors.

Find out more about the post-doctoral training opportunities with our museums and collections on the University website.