About University of Reading

by / Wednesday, 20 April 2016 / Published in University Of Reading

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About University of Reading

University of Reading is ranked in the top 25 universities in the UK and the top 200 worldwide. Representing the world’s top 1%, the ranking reflects the academic reputation and commitment to delivering an excellent all-round education.

The origins lie in the Schools of Art and Science established in Reading in 1860 and 1870. These became part of an extension college opened in 1892 by Christ Church, Oxford. University of Reading received a Royal Charter in 1926, the only university to do so between the two world wars.

In 2008, the University’s merger with Henley Management College gave the Greenlands campus. The first phase of a Reading presence in the Malaysian city of Johor Bahru began in 2012 in temporary facilities. By 2015, University of Reading will have completed the construction of our world-class campus for the University of Reading Malaysia and is look forward to welcoming the first undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Why choose Reading?

University of Reading combine an established history with cutting-edge research, a world-class student experience, research-informed teaching and an international reputation.

 The key subject area strengths are reflected in The Guardian University

  • Guide 2014 rankings, including Accounting and Finance (1st)
  • Agriculture and Food (3rd),
  • Education (3rd),
  • Earth and Marine Sciences (3rd),
  • Building & Town & Country Planning (5th)

The Henley Business School is one of the world’s few business schools to hold triple-accredited status, and is ranked in the top 10 schools in the UK by The Financial Times Business School rankings 2014. The School of Law is 7th in the UK for world-leading research and international excellence.

University of Reading also specialise in Economics, Construction Management, Film Theatre & Television, Systems Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Food Science, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Pharmacy.

Nearly 90% of the University’s research was rated as being of international standing (Research Assessment Exercise 2008). Over the last year, University of Reading have been awarded over £30 million in external research grant income, of which 63% is from Research Councils. The total research income over the last year has been over £50 million.

University of Reading have welcomed international students for over a hundred years, since the first international student arrived from Kenya in 1904. The academic expertise and friendly atmosphere make us an ever-popular choice for students all over the world. University of Reading have nearly 4,000 international students from over 141 countries, which creates an exciting mix of cultures and ensures that students will feel welcome.

University of Reading are located just 30 minutes from central London by train (50 miles by car) and near to major international airports. Reading makes a great base to explore the rest of the UK and Europe during your time here.

Whether students would prefer a campus or city location for studies, Reading provides the best of both worlds. University of Reading beautiful and lively Whiteknights campus in the heart of Reading town is consistently ranked as the best in the UK. Students can make the most of the time here with the cutting-edge teaching and learning facilities, such as 24-hour IT resources and a library containing over a million items, and extensive indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including pitches, courts, playing fields and a fully-equipped sports centre.

University of Reading are within an easy walk of the vibrant and friendly town of Reading, which is a regional centre for shopping and recreational activities and home to many successful international companies.

University of Reading Halls of Residence provide students with a home away from home where they will find them a part of a supportive community. University of Reading guarantee university accommodation for all new students (deadline applies).

University of Reading want students to feel prepared for life and careers beyond the University. University of Reading provide opportunities for students to acquire skills employers want through the academic studies and a breadth of extra-curricular activities, voluntary activities and work placements. 70% of our 2011 Reading graduates are in graduate level work or further study.

University-wide Graduate School provides a focal point for research students, with information about grant opportunities, conferences and seminars and other training opportunities within the University and beyond.

The latest QS rankings place the University of Reading as follows (UK ranking in brackets):

  • 12 for Agriculture (1st in UK)
  • 29 for Archaeology (8th in UK)
  • 42 for Development Studies (13th in UK)
  • Top 100 for Environmental Sciences (12th in UK) and Geography (24th in UK)
  • Top 150 for Linguistics (17th in UK) and English Language & Literature (28th in UK)
  • Top 200 for Philosophy (22nd in UK), Modern Languages (25th in UK), Accounting & Finance (23rd in UK), Business & Management Studies (24th in UK), Education (27thin UK), Economics & Econometrics (19th in UK) and Law (26th in UK)


  • Offer Acceptance Deadline is 31st August 2016
  • Apply for accommodation by 1st August 2016

Key UG Courses

  1. Business and Management:www.henley.ac.uk/management/undergraduate/mgmt-undergraduate-management-degrees.aspx
  2. Law: www.reading.ac.uk/law/ug/law-ug-courses.aspx
  3. Construction Management: www.reading.ac.uk/CME/ug/cme-ug-courses.aspx
  4. Agriculture: www.reading.ac.uk/apd/ug/apd-ugcourses.aspx
  5. Food Sciences: www.reading.ac.uk/food/ug/foodbio-ugcourses.aspx
  6. Computer Science, Systems Engineering and Cybernetics: www.reading.ac.uk/sse/ug/sse-ugcourses.aspx
  7. Meteorology and Climate Science: www.met.reading.ac.uk/ug/ugcourses.html

Key PG Courses

  1. Business and Management:www.henley.ac.uk/management/pg-taught/mgmt-Postgraduate-Management-Masters.aspx
  2. Henley MBA: www.henley.ac.uk/mba/henley-the-henley-mba.aspx
  3. Law: www.reading.ac.uk/law/ug/law-ug-courses.aspx
  4. Construction Management: www.reading.ac.uk/CME/pg-taught/cme-pgt-courses.aspx
  5. Agriculture: www.reading.ac.uk/apd/pg-taught/apd-pgt-GIIDAE.aspx
  6. Food Sciences: www.reading.ac.uk/food/pg-taught/foodbio-pgtcourses.aspx
  7. Computer Science, Systems Engineering and Cybernetics: www.reading.ac.uk/sse/pg-taught/sse-pgtcourses.aspx
  8. Meteorology and Climate Science: www.met.reading.ac.uk/pg-taught/

Application process and deadlines
International Foundation Programme:

Apply direct or through UCAS: www.reading.ac.uk/ifp

Deadlines: 31 August for October intake / 30 November for January intake


Apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com

Deadline: 30 June for October intake


Apply online at www.reading.ac.uk/pgapply

Deadline: 6 weeks prior to October intake


Apply online or download application form: www.henley.ac.uk/mba/henley-mba-apply-now.aspx

Deadline: 6 weeks prior to programme start (March and September)



Postgraduate Country Scholarship


Awarded to selected International Postgraduate Taught students with an offer for a full-time Master’s programme, studying any subject, apart from courses run by the Henley Business School.  Applications should be made to the university by 29 May 2015 for October 2015 intake. 

International Baccalaureate Scholarships

Covers 100% of undergraduate tuition fees for up to 3 years and £5,000 living allowance.

Awarded to two International students with excellent International Baccalaureate qualifications. The school/college must send a nomination letter to the Student Financial Support office, outlining the academic and extra-curricular achievements, and why are suitable for the scholarship. Applications should be made to the university by 29 May 2015 for October 2015 intake. 

Felix scholarships

Funding covers tuition fees for up to 3 years of study for PhD students and up to 1 year for Taught Masters students, stipend and allowance for clothes, books, and a return flight home.

Applications should be made to the university by 31 January 2015 for October 2015 intake.

School of Law International Scholarships

Up to £5,000.

Awarded to selected International students on any taught postgraduate Law programme. Candidates will have a strong academic record, with an undergraduate degree in a discipline relevant to their proposed programme. Applicants to programmes will automatically be considered. 

Henley Business School Masters programme scholarships

£5,000 towards the cost of tuition fees.

Scholarship applicants should have received and accepted an offer of a place on a Masters programme in accounting, international business, human resource management, entrepreneurship, marketing and international management. Students should provide evidence of academic excellence and of activities outside your academic studies which have made positive contributions to business and/or society.

Henley Business School MBA Scholarships

100% of the programme fee for Full-time MBA, Executive MBA and Flexible MBA candidates.

University of Reading look for exceptional individuals who can demonstrate academic achievement, relevant management/work experience and varied skills and abilities that make them stand out as a candidate.

Research Studentships (PhD / Professional Doctorate)

Around 150 entry awards are available to high-quality PhD candidates, in all subject areas (see the Graduate School web pages for details: http://www.reading.ac.uk/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/gs-funding-opportunities.aspx).

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