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University of Reading

Location

Whiteknights Campus, Reading United Kingdom

Ranking

# 172QS World University Rankings

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326Undergraduate programs

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139Postgraduate programs

Tuitionfee

19,500 GBPTuition Fee/year

About University of Reading

Based in South East England, the University of Reading is situated in the heart of the Thames Valley economic hub, with London Paddington less than 30 minutes away by train.

 

Reading is a top 30 university in the UK (ranked 26th out of 90 UK universities in the QS World University Rankings, 2024), and is a leading research institution. 98% of the University's research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining the University’s 4* (world leading), 3* (internationally excellent) and 2* (internationally recognised) submissions).

 

Reading is a campus university, set in beautiful, award-winning parkland. The University’s Whiteknights campus has been awarded 14 consecutive Green Flag awards, 2011–2024, recognising it as one of Britain’s top green spaces.

 

The University of Reading is proudly committed to environmental issues, and is a leading contributor to climate science. The world-famous Climate Stripes, which vividly demonstrate how global temperatures have risen over nearly two centuries, were created by Reading’s Professor Ed Hawkins MBE. In recognition of its green credentials, Reading was ranked 1st in the People & Planet University League, 2023/24.

 

Reading offers a welcoming, inclusive environment for its students. The University has a truly international community, with around 23,000 students from more than 160 countries.

 

A wide range of courses is available at the University of Reading – from the pure and applied sciences to languages, humanities, social sciences, business and the arts.

 

New research is continually fed into teaching at Reading, with academic staff working at the forefront of their fields of expertise.

About University of Reading

Based in South East England, the University of Reading is situated in the heart of the Thames Valley economic hub, with London Paddington less than 30 minutes away by train.

 

Reading is a top 30 university in the UK (ranked 26th out of 90 UK universities in the QS World University Rankings, 2024), and is a leading research institution. 98% of the University's research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining the University’s 4* (world leading), 3* (internationally excellent) and 2* (internationally recognised) submissions).

 

Reading is a campus university, set in beautiful, award-winning parkland. The University’s Whiteknights campus has been awarded 14 consecutive Green Flag awards, 2011–2024, recognising it as one of Britain’s top green spaces.

 

The University of Reading is proudly committed to environmental issues, and is a leading contributor to climate science. The world-famous Climate Stripes, which vividly demonstrate how global temperatures have risen over nearly two centuries, were created by Reading’s Professor Ed Hawkins MBE. In recognition of its green credentials, Reading was ranked 1st in the People & Planet University League, 2023/24.

 

Reading offers a welcoming, inclusive environment for its students. The University has a truly international community, with around 23,000 students from more than 160 countries.

 

A wide range of courses is available at the University of Reading – from the pure and applied sciences to languages, humanities, social sciences, business and the arts.

 

New research is continually fed into teaching at Reading, with academic staff working at the forefront of their fields of expertise.

Available programs

Students can choose from over 250 undergraduate courses from a diverse range of subjects. All undergraduate programmes offer students the opportunity to take part in a work placement to enhance their employability skills. 

The University of Reading offers undergraduate students a number of study abroad opportunities at partner institutions across the world, and all students can learn a language alongside their studies for free via the Institution-Wide Language Programme. Languages currently include Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, French, German, modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and British Sign Language.

The University is proud to offer an extensive range of joint honour undergraduate programmes, giving students the opportunity to combine two subjects. 


BA Archaeology

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BA Art and Film

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BA Classics

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BA Fine Art

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BA History

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BA Philosophy

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BSc Architecture

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BSc Finance

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BSc Real Estate

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BSc Agriculture

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BSc Biochemistry

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BSc Microbiology

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BSc Nutrition

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BSc Pharmacology

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BSc Psychology

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BSc Zoology

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MPharm Pharmacy

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BSc Chemistry

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BSc Food Science

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BSc Mathematics

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MChem Chemistry

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MMath Mathematics

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BA Economics

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BA Film & Theatre

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BSc Economics

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LLB Law

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There are approximately 200 master's courses available at the University of Reading.

Students are usually required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent). If you have other qualifications and a number of years’ relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

Some courses have additional entry requirements which are specified in the individual course sections.

Postgraduate fees and funding for domestic/EU students and international students for taught postgraduate degrees vary.

International students compete for a range of scholarships and awards every year.

The quickest and easiest away to apply for postgraduate study at the University of Reading is through the online application service.


MA Archaeology

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MA English

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MA Fine Art

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MA History

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MA Leadership

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MSc Finance

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MSc Management

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MSc Real Estate

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LLM Human Rights

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MA Diplomacy

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MA Education

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MA Public Policy

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MSc Economics

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University information

General

3+
307+
600+
19+
1010+
33+
69+
176+
88+
6.5+

Bachelor

6.5+
1200+
3+
88+

Master

6.5+
3+
600+
88+
15,790
75%
25%
4,653
65%
35%
1,109
67%
33%

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

9,250 GBP
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International Students

19,500 GBP
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Rankings & ratings

University of Reading is one of the top public universities in Reading, United Kingdom. It is ranked #172 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #215
  • 2014
    #213
  • 2015
    #=202
  • 2016
    #=156
  • 2017
    #175
  • 2018
    #=188
  • 2019
    #=195
  • 2020
    #205
  • 2021
    #205
  • 2022
    #202
  • 2023
    #229
  • 2024
    #=169
  • 2025
    #172

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