University of Reading

Reading - United Kingdom


The University of Reading is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world. We are a global university that enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise.

The University was established in 1892, received its Royal Charter in 1926, and has developed into a leading force in British and international higher education.

We deliver a world-class student experience, research-led teaching and our graduate employability record is excellent. The numbers of our students going on to higher level study is well above the national average.

The University continues to evolve, reflecting an ever-changing world, which drives the development of our areas of research excellence and strength. We are leading the way in multidisciplinary work in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, housed in a new £17 million centre, for example.

We are committed to maintaining a supportive, challenging and high-quality experience for students and staff alike and to preserving the heritage and beauty of some of the most beautiful university campuses in the UK.

If you are considering joining us at Reading as a member of staff or student you can be sure of a very warm welcome.

We are proud of our long and fascinating history at the University of Reading. Our tradition of academic excellence dates back to the late nineteenth century and owes much to the vision and generosity of several notable individuals.

Our 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. The college thrived, receiving its first treasury grant in 1901. Three years later the local Palmer family, of the famous biscuit manufacturer Huntley & Palmers, donated our London Road campus that is home to our Institute of Education today. We received a Royal Charter in 1926, the only university to do so between the two world wars. At the same time, Dr William M Childs became the University's first Vice-Chancellor.


Since then a number of milestones have shaped the University's history and made us the centre of excellence and vibrant community that we are today. In 1947 we purchased our main Whiteknights campus, the former country estate of the Marquis of Blandford. In 2008, the University's merger with Henley Management College gave us our Greenlands campus on the River Thames. These together with our historic London Road campus, are amongst the most beautiful places to study in the UK.

Ambitious future

The University of Reading has now established itself in the top 1% of universities in the world renowned for its exciting and innovative research-led teaching, a friendly and supportive environment and an excellent graduate employability record.

We began delivering courses in Johor Bahru, Malaysia in June 2012 and the planned opening of our campus in Malaysia in 2015 is an important and very exciting step for the University's future. We look forward to welcoming students from Malaysia and across the world to our new campus where they will benefit from a world-class student experience.


Student numbers

We are a global university with 17,040 students from 141 different nationalities.


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Other EU


International (non-EU)


Level of study

Number of students






Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of Arts and Communication Design

Department of Art

Department of Film, Theatre and Television

Department of Typography and Graphic Communication

Institute of Education

School of Humanities

Department of Classics

Department of History

Department of Philosophy

School of Law

School of Literature and Languages

Department of English Language and Literature

Department of Modern Languages and European Studies

School of Politics, Economics and International Relations

Department of Economics

Department of Politics and International Relations

International Study and Language Institute

Faculty of Life Sciences

School of Agriculture, Policy and Development

School of Biological Sciences

School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy

Department of Chemistry

Food and Nutritional Sciences

The Reading School of Pharmacy

School of Psychology and Clinical Language Science

Department of Clinical Language Sciences

Department of Psychology

Faculty of Science

School of Construction Management and Engineering

School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science

Department of Archaeology

Department of Geography and Environmental Science

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Department of Meteorology

School of Systems Engineering

English Requirements

Qualification type Qualification short name Required level
International English Language Test Score IELTS

Undergraduate 6.5 - 7.0 Postgraduate 6.5 - 7.0

Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper-based version) TOEFL (paper-based) Undergraduate 570 - 600 Postgraduate 570 - 600
Test of English as a Foreign Language (internet-based version) TOEFL (internet-based) Undergraduate 88 - 100 Postgraduate 88 - 100
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English CPE Undergraduate C - B Postgraduate C - B
Test of English for Educational Purposes TEEP

Undergraduate 6.5 - 7.0 Postgraduate 6.5 - 7.0

Pearson English Test Pearson Undergraduate 67 
Postgraduate 67


School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences Scholarships


For 2014 undergraduates, the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences will offer up to three International Excellence Scholarships each worth £4000. These scholarships will be made to students outside of the EU on the basis of outstanding academic achievement.

Postgraduate taught students

For 2014, we will be offering a School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences Postgraduate International Excellence Scholarship worth £4,000. This scholarship will be made to students outside of the EU on the basis of outstanding academic achievement.

Tution Fee

Tuition fee for new international undergraduate students for 2014/15 fall under two bands:

·         Band 1: £13,750

·         Band 2: £16,500

The band system also applies to tuition fees for the continuing international students for 2014/15:

·         Band 1: £13,230

·         Band 2: £15,750

Please note: Band 2 courses are programmes that have a significant laboratory or 'workshop' content, e.g. courses within the Faculties of Science and Life Sciences.

These fees cover tuition, matriculation, examination (not resits), graduation and membership of the Students' Union.  They refer to the current academic year.


2014/15: UK & EU STUDENTS


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science £5,500* £13,750
Faculty of Life Sciences £5,500* £13,750 - £16,500* 
Faculty of Science £5,500 £16,500