Throughout our history, the University of Reading
has focused on people and the issues that are
important to them. This has helped us to be at
the forefront of social change for a century.
We were educating and promoting women before
they could vote in the UK. Our leaders played a key
role in decriminalising homosexuality in the middle
of the twentieth century. And we have led the world
for decades in understanding and responding
to climate change.
In the 2020s, the University of Reading way
continues. We continue to harness the power
of people, acting within their own communities
to change the world. Our students and staff are
encouraged not only to learn, but to share their
knowledge with others, helping to shape the future.
                                                                                                                                               Ecology and Wildlife                International Development 122               Nutrition see Food and
                                                                                                                                               Conservation                                                                    Nutritional Sciences 112
                                                                                                                                               see Environment 105                 International Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                   Programme (IFP) 124
About us 6                       UOR research 26                 International students 50            Equivalent                         Economics 92
                                                                                                      qualifications 170                                                        International Relations see Politics         Pharmacy and
UOR students 8                   Facilities 30                   Fees and funding 56                                                     Education and Teaching 95              and International Relations 142              Pharmacology 138
                                                                                                      Visit us 171
UOR town 10                      Students’ union 32              Courses 60                                                              Engineering see Biomedical             Investment and Finance in Property     Philosophy 140
                                                                                                      Useful information 176             Engineering 80                         see Real Estate and Planning 148
Festival 12                      Sports and societies 34         Joint courses 156                                                                                                                                     Politics and
                                                                                                      Course index 177                   English Language and Linguistics 100   Italian see Modern Languages 136       International Relations 142
Whiteknights campus 16           Music 36                        Foundation programmes 160
                                                                                                      Important information              English Literature 102                                                        Psychology 144
London Road campus 18            Accommodation 38                Entry requirements 164               (see inside back cover)
                                                                                                                                         Environment 105                              Law 126
Campus life 20                   Careers and                     English language
                                 employability 42                requirements 166                                                                                                                                             Real Estate
Study options 22                                                                                                                                                                                                              and Planning 148
                                 Supporting you 46               How to apply                                                                  Film, Theatre                            Management see Business
Teaching and learning 24                                         in eight easy steps 168                                                                                                and Management 82
                                                                                                                                               & Television 108

                                                                                                                                               Finance 110                              Marketing 128                        Spanish see Modern

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Languages 136
                                                                                                                                         Food and Nutritional Sciences 112      Mathematics 130
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Speech and Language Therapy 150
                                                                                                                                         Food Business and Marketing            Medical Science 132
                                                                                                                                         see Marketing 128                                                             Surveying and Construction 152
         Accounting 62                              Biochemistry see                                 Chemistry 84                                                               Medieval Studies see Classics,
                                                    Biological Sciences 78                                                               French see Modern Languages 136        Classical Studies and Ancient
         Agricultural Business                                                                       Classics, Classical Studies                                                History 87
         Management                                 Biological Sciences 78                           and Ancient History 87                                                                                                    Teaching see Education
         see Agriculture 64                                                                                                                                                     Meteorology and Climate 134                    and Teaching 95
                                            Biomedical Engineering 80                       Climate 134                                         Geography 116
Agriculture 64                                                                                                                                                                  Microbiology see                       Television see Film,
                                            Biomedical Sciences                             Computer Science 90                                 German see Modern               Biological Sciences 78                 Theatre & Television 108
Ancient History see Classics, Classical     see Medical Science 132                                                                             Languages 136
Studies and Ancient History 87                                                              Construction see Surveying                                                          Modern Languages 136
                                            Building see Surveying                          and Construction 152                                                                                                       Theatre see Film, Theatre &
                                                                                                                                         Graphic Communication 118                                                     Television 108
Animal Science and Zoology 66               and Construction 152                                                                                                                Museum Studies see Archaeology,
                                                                                            Consumer Behaviour and Marketing                                                    see Classics 68, 87
Anthropology 69                             Business and Management 82                      see Marketing 128
                                                                                                                                                History 120                                                                   Zoology see Animal Science
Archaeology 68                                                                              Creative Writing 102                                                                                                              and Zoology 66
                                                                                                                                                History of Art see Art 76
Architectural Engineering 72

Architecture 74

Art 76                                                                       Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) accepted on many
                                                                             of our courses – look out for this symbol on course pages

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The University of Reading                                                                                                                    VIBRANT RESEARCH HUB
has plenty to offer: a rich                                                                                                                  We are a research-intensive university – 98% of our       CENTRAL LOCATION
history, a beautiful campus                                                                                                                  research has been rated of international standing.1       Our main campuses are located close to
in a thriving town, a vibrant                                                                                                                Our work has real-world impact: we tackle global          Reading’s bustling town centre. From there,
academic community, and                                                             BRIGHT PROSPECTS                                         challenges such as climate change, heart disease and      it’s just 30 minutes to London Paddington
                                                                                                                                             international conflict. Your lecturers will tailor your   by train, and only 45 minutes to Heathrow
much more.                                                                          We’re committed to helping you secure valuable, real-
                                                                                                                                             learning to ensure that you remain aware of cutting-
                                                                                    world experience through placements, internships                                                                   airport by coach.
                                                                                                                                             edge research in your field.
“The University of Reading                                                          and part-time work, allowing you to contextualise your
 transforms people’s lives                                                          academic learning, explore future careers and build up
                                                                                    your personal and professional skills.
 through the excellence of
 our education and research.
 As we approach our 2026
 centenary, I believe that we
 can build on our proud history                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DIVERSE STUDENT
 and continue to be a force for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Join a diverse and inclusive community,
 good in an uncertain world.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                        home to more than 25,000 students
Professor Robert Van de Noort,                                                                                                                                                                                                                       from around 160 countries.3 It’s a great
Vice-Chancellor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      environment to try new things, meet new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     people and gain new perspectives. With
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     links to partner universities across the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     world, there are also many opportunities
                                  PIONEERING HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                                                 for international experience.4

                                  Founded in the nineteenth century, our origins
                                  date back more than 150 years. Our rich history
                                  includes appointing England’s first female
                                  professor, becoming the only university to be                                                              GREEN CREDENTIALS
                                  granted a Royal Charter (and degree-awarding                                                               Our ambition is to be the ‘greenest’ university in
                                  powers) between the two World Wars, and                                                                    the UK. 100% of our electricity has come from
                                  opening one of the UK’s first business schools.

                                                                                                                                             renewable resources since 2009 and we’ve moved
                                                                                                                                             our investments away from fossil fuels. We’ve already                                                     1 Based on our submissions judged to be world
                                                                                                                                             been recognised as a ‘first-class’ university for                                                           leading, internationally excellent and internationally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         recognised in overall quality in the Research
                                                                                                                                             environmental and ethical performance2 and we are                                                           Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
                                                                                                                                             committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Find                                                        2 People & Planet University League 2021. We are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ranked 15th out of 154 institutions in the latest
                                                                                                                                             out more on page 28.                                                                                        League and have received our third consecutive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ‘First Class’ rating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       3 Based on HESA Student Record, 2020/21.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       4 See individual course pages for information
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         specific to your course.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            How do you spend your free time?
                                                                                                                                                                                                            “I’m currently part of several
                                                                                                                                                                                                             societies including cheerleading
                                                                                                                            What’s the best thing
                                                                                                                            about campus?                                                                    (for the third year in a row), lacrosse
The best people to speak to               What made you choose to study                                                                                                                                      and dance. This year, during the
                                                                                                                            “I love how green it is. It’s such a
about whether a university                at Reading?                                                                                                                                                        Christmas break, I joined the
                                                                                                                             lovely setting to be in, especially
is right for you are those right          “I chose Reading because I loved                                                                                                                                   Snowsports Society ski trip to Val
                                                                                                                             with Whiteknights lake flowing
at the heart of it.                        the variety of modules on offer, the                                                                                                                             Thorens in France, which was lots of
                                                                                                                             through campus – I love seeing
                                           lecturers I met were engaging, and                                                                                                                                fun! In addition, I have various part-
Discover what our students                                                                                                   the ducks every day! I also enjoy
                                           the emphasis on employability was                                                                                                                                 time jobs and sometimes I volunteer
have to say about life at the                                                                                                the woodland and Harris Garden;
                                           really important to me to help me                                                                                                                                 in the local area too. This has helped
University of Reading, and                                                                                                   it’s great to have such a variety
                                           figure out my long-term career                                                                                                                                    me to complete the RED Award and
why it might be the ideal                                                                                                    of habitats and accessible green
                                           goals. After going to an Open Day,                                                                                                                                develop my employability skills.”
choice for you.                                                                                                              spaces on campus.”
                                           I was sure I wanted to come here.”                                                                                                                               Catarina,
                                                                                                                            Bethany, BSc Environmental
     Chat online to current students                                                                                                                                                                        BEng Biomedical Engineering
                                          Katharyn, BA History                                                              Management with a Placement Year
and read their blog posts about life at
Reading at
                                                                                  What’s the student                                                               How would you describe the
                                                                                  community like?                                                                  teaching here?
                                                                                  “Everyone is very friendly and easy                                              “Excellent! We’re able to have
                                                                                   to talk to. Being an international                                               fantastic discussions and it’s really
                                                                                   student, I worried whether or not                                                not like being in a ‘lecture’ at all
                                                                                   I would fit into the lifestyle and                                               most of the time. We share ideas
                                                                                   society on campus. That feeling                                                  and work together to build an
                                                                                   immediately changed after meeting                                                understanding of the topic
                                                                                   other students here. Reading has                                                 and I think that’s such a great
                                                                                   a diverse group of students with                                                 way of learning.”
                                                                                   many nationalities and cultures and                                             Blaise,
                                                                                   you really feel like you belong here.”                                          BA Modern Languages (German)
                                                                                  Unni, LLB Law

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EAT                                               SOCIALISE                                        SHOP
                                                  Reading has an array of cafes and restaurants     Check out Reading’s brand new community          Reading is one of the south-east’s top
Reading is a global town: a                       dotted along the riverside to excite your taste   space, The Biscuit Factory, or drop into         shopping destinations, with The Oracle
hotbed of innovation, culture,                    buds. With Hyderabadi, tapas, Lebanese,           Spinners for a game of crazy golf, interactive   and Broad Street home to many of the
                                                  Ethiopian and vegan options, you’re sure to       darts or bowling. Try paddle boarding            UK’s top brands – great places to use your
creativity and technology.                        find somewhere to satisfy your appetite. Be       or kayaking down the Thames, or head             student discount. There are plenty of unique,
Sitting on the doorstep of one of the greatest    sure to check out the Wednesday and Friday        to Lagoona Park for jet skiing and water         independent businesses too: Elsie’s Vintage
capital cities in the world, it has a lively,     food markets, serving jerk chicken wraps,         obstacle courses. Enjoy an evening under         sells classic clothing from the ‘70s, ‘80s and
international community of its own – with         Peruvian street food, inventive plant-based       the stars at a summer open-air cinema            ‘90s, The Grumpy Goat is a hugely popular
a wealth of experiences and opportunities         options and more.                                 screening, challenge your friends at one         ale and cheese shop, while Eclectic Games
to match. The vibrant town centre boasts a                                                          of Reading’s many escape rooms, or scale         stocks one of the largest board game
huge variety of restaurants, bars, parks and                                                        new heights at the local climbing centre.        collections in the country. The Edwardian
entertainment, with stunning countryside close                                                      Reading is a very student-friendly town          Harris Arcade features a variety of independent
by. Grounded in rich history and heritage, it’s                                                     and also offers a wide variety of free events    shops, including Crunch Comics and The Sound
also future-focused; home to the headquarters                                                       and activities. Explore the medieval ruins of    Machine record shop.
of international businesses, it’s a place to                                                        Reading Abbey and the charming Victorian
make connections and seize opportunities.                                                           Forbury Gardens, just a short walk from
Thousands of graduates now call Reading                                                             campus. Visit the town’s many museums,
home – come and find out why.                                                                       including Reading Museum, famed for its
                                                                                                    full-size replica of the Bayeux Tapestry, and
                                                                                                    the Museum of English Rural Life next to our     CULTURE
                                                                                                    London Road campus.                              Reading has lively music, comedy and theatre
                                                                                                                                                     scenes with venues such as Sub89, South
                                                  RELAX                                                                                              Street and the Hexagon, which has hosted
                                                  Take a scenic stroll along the historic Thames                                                     acts including Kaiser Chiefs and Omid Djalili
                                                  Path, which follows the river from the                                                             and various local and touring stage shows.
                                                  Cotswolds to London, unwind in one of many                                                         There are clubs playing indie, pop and retro
                                                  leafy green parks and nature reserves, or treat                                                    hits, and a selection of wine bars, pubs and
                                                  yourself to an open-air swim at Thames Lido.                                                       tap rooms.
                                                  Workhouse Coffee, based within a Georgian                                                          Milk is a fantastic venue for cocktails and
                                                  coaching inn, and Whittington’s Tea Barge are                                                      cutting-edge comedy and is also home to

                                                  great places to take some time out and try                                                         popular independent cafe, Shed, during the day.
                                                  something different.

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“It was a once-in-a-lifetime
Reading Festival is thought to                       opportunity to create content
be the world’s oldest popular
music festival. It also presents                     for Festival Republic’s blog and
an exciting and unique                               social media channels. It was
opportunity for our students.                        a privilege to be side of stage
For six years, we partnered with festival
                                                     to watch bands, meet the acts

                                             FE STIVAL
organisers, Festival Republic, to give
some of our students the opportunity                 and be interviewed by the BBC
to work backstage at the event.
                                                    – it added invaluable experience
Working alongside the nation’s leading
press publications – interviewing chart-             to my CV.”
topping bands and reviewing headline acts           Katie, 2019 intern
– our students have interned as content
producers, working behind the scenes with
industry experts.
This partnership has not only given
students incredible work experience, but
has opened doors to gaining fast-paced
experience in an exclusive industry. It is
an opportunity we hope to offer for years
to come.

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Reading might be most famous                          SITELINES                                         ARE YOU LISTENING?
for its music festival, but the town                  Theatre unlike anything you’ve seen before.       For one day only, Reading’s most popular
often also hosts dozens of food,                      Sitelines brings shows to unusual spaces: think   venues throw open their doors to some of the
drink, arts, theatre and music                        pop-up performances in self-storage units,        best unsigned and alternative music acts from   CRAFT THEORY
events throughout the year.                           hair salons, and even a football stadium.         across the UK. Catch more than 60 acts,         Combines the best beers from local,
                                                                                                        with all proceeds going to charity.             national and international breweries,
Here are some favourites you’ll                                                                                                                         hours of music from quality DJs, and
want to put in your calendar.                                                                                                                           delicious gourmet street food.

Aspiring comedians, playwrights, musicians and
artists showcase a huge variety of exhibitions,
shows, stand-up sets, gigs and performances.

                                                                                                                                                        DOWN AT THE ABBEY
                                                                                                                                                        Dance the night away among the ruins
                                                                                                                                                        of Reading Abbey. This underground
                                                                                                                                                        music festival transforms a historic
                                                                                                                                                        site into a hub of music, dancing and
FEASTIVAL                                                                                                                                               entertainment. Try a variety of food

                                                                                                        WHAT’S ON
One of the hottest events                                                                                                                               stalls and bars as you enjoy the lineup.
of the summer, Forbury Gardens
plays host to a buzzing market
of cuisine from across the world.
Don’t miss the Thai street food,
loaded nachos or halloumi fries.                  OPEN FOR ART
                                                  An annual celebration of Reading's art, heritage,
                                                  culture and creativity. Expect to find galleries,
                                                  impromptu performances, insightful talks and
                                                  much more.

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WHITEKNIGHTS CAMPUS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Our main campus is the real
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   hub of University of Reading life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Set in 130 hectares of stunning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   parkland, it offers plenty of places
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           FOXHILL HOUSE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Home to the School of Law.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to eat, shop, study and socialise.
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                                          WANTAGE                                                                                                                                                               IG                                                                                                                    for the School of Biological Sciences. Opened
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   fantastic study areas, two on-site museums,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ROA                                                                                                 in 2020, the building is also the new home of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     D                                             shops and other amenities, and several halls
                                                                         ST              DUNSDEN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Cole Museum of Zoology.
                                                                      GEORGE’S           CRESCENT
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                                                                          39      SportsPark                                    33 URS buildingLA                                          HARRIS                                                                                                                                                        humanities subjects and

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                                                                          135 Student Services Centre                           27 Whiteknights House                                      GARDEN                                                     Campus entrances             books and resources,                                                  our International Study

              261 Health and Life Sciences

                                                                                                                                            (University Reception)                                                                                    Halls of residence
                                                                          29      Students’ Union                                                                                                                                                                                  as well as a cafe and                                                 and Language Institute.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     is a short walk from both
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Whiteknights campus and the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    studio spaces and a cafe.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     town centre, and is a peaceful
                                                                                                                                            LONDON ROAD (A4)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     setting of traditional cloisters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and green spaces.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     original campuses – London Road is home to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          THE GREAT HALL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    THE DAIRY
              4     Art                                               18   Museum of English Rural Life                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Serves local and global craft beers and food,
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                    Engagement Office                                 24   The Learning Hub;                                          28            PP
                                                                                                                                                Gymnasium                                         42    ONCAMPUS
                                                                                                                                                      E                                                                                  AD

                                                                           The University of Law                                                          R
              14    The Dairy; Student Common                                                                                                                 LA                            HARRIS

                                                                                                                                      29        Music                                          43 Senior Common Room

                    Room; The University of Law                       27   Global Recruitment &                                                                 NE                          GARDEN                                                                       Campus entrances

                                                                           Admissions; Marketing,                                     33        ICT and Modern                                 45 Great Hall

              16    Institute of Education;                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Halls of residence
                                                                                                                                                Foreign Languages

                                                                           Communication &                                                                                                        46    Architecture; Security
                    Campus Reception;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Academic, administrative

                                                                           Engagement                                                 41        Porters Lodge
                    Support Centre                                                                                                                                                                49    Clock tower memorial

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and student life buildings

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                                                                                                                                                    DOL.CHE VITA
                                                                                                                                                    You’re never far from a cafe at the University
                                                                                                                                                    of Reading. Wherever your lectures take you
                                                                                                                                                    across campus, it’s easy to find a place to
                                                                                                                                                    refuel. Dol.cHe Vita is a popular spot that’s
Enjoy a beautiful, award-winning environment1 that caters to                                                                                        open throughout the teaching day, serving
the diversity of our students.                                                                                                                      great quality coffees, speciality beverages,
                                                                                                                                                    smoothies and signature shakes, as well as
                                                                                                                                                    sandwiches and salads. With its pick ‘n mix
                                                                                                                                                    stand and selection of waffles, gelato and
                                                                                                                                                    fresh pastries, it’s also the perfect place for
                                                                                                                                                    a sweet treat.

                                                                                                                                                    HARRIS GARDEN
                                                                                                                                                    This secret garden on our Whiteknights
                                                                                                                                                    campus includes a flower meadow, apple
                                                                                                                                                    orchard and cherry bowl, and rare flora from
                                                                                                                                                    around the world. It’s also the home of the
                                                                                                                                                    Harris Garden Bee Project, which has a small
                                                                                                                                                    apiary of three beehives within the walled
                                                                                                                                                    garden. As a student, you can enjoy the
                                                                                                                                                    garden for walks and picnics year-round.

                                                                                                                                                    “It’s lovely to have a campus
3SIXTY                                         GLOBAL FOODIE                                      ECO-FRIENDLY MARKETS                               that revolves so much
Hosting all kinds of events – including a      THURSDAY MARKET                                    As an environmentally conscious university,
weekly fresh fruit and veg market, vintage     Whiteknights campus regularly hosts an             our Park Eat and The Square venues are
                                                                                                                                                     around nature. There is a lot
clothes fairs, jobs fairs, drama and dance     international street food market. With vegan,      home to a sustainable market featuring             of outdoor space, like Harris
performances, debates, and more – 3sixty       vegetarian and gluten-free options, the market     vegetarian and vegan food, a bring-your-
is the students’ union’s largest venue.        caters to all dietary requirements. From the       own-container service, environmentally
                                                                                                                                                     Garden, perfect for when you
Located centrally on Whiteknights campus,      Americas to Asia, you can try different flavours   friendly cleaning products, and other ethically    want a break from studying.”
it also hosts the ever-popular union nights,   from around the world.                             sourced products.
                                                                                                                                                    Erin, BA Primary Education (QTS)
becoming the largest nightclub in town – but
only for our students.
                                                                                                                                                    1 Whiteknights campus has been awarded 11 consecutive
                                                                                                                                                      Green Flag Awards, 2011–2021.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Get professional and international               STUDY ABROAD
                                                                                                                                                                        experience that counts towards                   Discover the world by studying abroad           You won’t pay additional fees to the partner
                                                                                                                                                                        your degree.                                     as part of your degree with the University      institution, and if you’re abroad for a full year,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of Reading.2                                    you could be entitled to reduced fees for
                                                                                                                                                                        PLACEMENT OPTIONS                                Depending on your course, you could spend       that year. Additional cost-of-living funding
                                                                                                                                                                        Every undergraduate course at Reading            a few weeks, a semester, or an academic year    may be available, including funds to support
                                                                                                                                                                        offers the opportunity to take part in a         abroad at one of our international partner      students from lower-income households.
Our courses are designed to give JOINT AND COMBINED                                                  FOUNDATION YEAR COURSES
                                                                                                                                                                        placement – either as a mandatory or             institutions. This can be part of a standard
you a variety of opportunities and HONOURS DEGREES                                                   If you don’t have the typical entry
                                                                                                                                                                        optional part of the course – and an element     three-year degree, an extended four-year        For more information, visit
experiences. You’ll choose what    Study two complementary subjects with one                         qualifications needed for our degree
                                                                                                                                                                        on career management.                            degree, or shorter lengths of time abroad on
you study – and how you’ll study. of our joint or combined honours degrees.                          programmes, consider taking an additional
                                                                                                                                                                        Placements include work experience,              opportunities such as field trips or summer
                                                     We offer a wide range of options, and your      foundation year.
​ ost courses involve a mixture of lectures,
M                                                                                                                                                                       internships, and professional placement          schools at our partner universities. You’ll
                                                     time will be split between subjects according   A foundation year prepares you for                                                                                  study courses or modules that are related to
seminars in small groups and one-to-one                                                                                                                                 years1 in the UK or overseas. Opportunities
                                                     to the type of course you choose to take:       undergraduate study in a university                                                                                 your degree but not offered at the University
support. The exact number of hours you spend                                                                                                                            vary in length, from a few weeks to a whole
                                                                                                     environment. You’ll study subject-specific                                                                          of Reading.
with your tutors each week will depend on            • joint honours degrees – study two                                                                                year, or even during vacation periods.
your subject. If you’re studying a more hands-         subjects equally
                                                                                                     modules as well as core skills such as
                                                                                                                                                                        While you’ll secure optional placements          Some of our courses also offer the              “Studying abroad has allowed
                                                                                                     academic writing and research skills.
on or lab-based course, you’ll have a fairly full
timetable of classes and practical sessions, while
                                                     • combined honours degrees – study the
                                                                                                     Once you successfully complete your
                                                                                                                                                                        through a competitive process, our Careers and   opportunity to study at our campus in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          me to venture to many new
                                                       core modules from two subjects, but focus                                                                        Placements Team is here to help by providing     Malaysia, where you’ll typically study within
book-based subjects place more emphasis on             on one of the subjects in greater detail.
                                                                                                     foundation year and any further programme
                                                                                                                                                                        resources, training and one-to-one support.      a smaller cohort of students but receive         places I wouldn’t have had
                                                                                                     entry requirements, you can start your
independent study guided by our experts.
                                                     You’ll take the same number of modules as       chosen undergraduate course.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the same high-quality learning experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the chance to otherwise,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         offered at our Reading campus.
                                                     students on single honours degrees, but                                                                            Find out more at
                                                                                                                                                                        placements.                                      We’ll support you through the process, both      and I feel all the richer for it.”
                                                     you’ll have involvement and support from        For more information, see pages 160–162.
RELEVANT COURSES                                     both subjects’ academic departments.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         before and when you’re abroad.                  Emma, BSc Environmental Science
We offer more than 200 courses in the
arts, sciences, social sciences, humanities,                                                         For international students, we also offer
                                                     For more information, visit
and business.                                                                                        a one-year International Foundation
                                                                                                     Programme (see page 124) as well as four-
The majority have a modular structure so
                                                                                                     year programmes that include an integrated
you can specialise in the areas that interest
                                                                                                     International Foundation Year (see page 161).
you most, while still developing core subject        LEARN A LANGUAGE
knowledge. In fact, many of our modules are          Whatever subject you study, you can learn
offered University-wide, so you don’t have to                                                        For more information, visit
                                                     a language through our Institution-Wide
limit your studies to just one subject.                                                    
                                                     Language Programme (IWLP).
                                                     You can start as a beginner or continue a
“I loved the course that I was                       language you already know to a higher level.
 on – it had the perfect blend                       We currently offer a choice between Arabic,
                                                     British Sign Language, Chinese (Mandarin),
 of geography and economics                          French, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern       1 Taking part in a Professional Placement Year will depend on a
 and there was the opportunity                       Greek, Russian, and Spanish.                      number of factors. See inside back cover for more information.
                                                                                                     2 Studying abroad is subject to you meeting academic
 to take modules from other                          For more information, visit
                                                                                                       conditions detailed in the Programme Handbook, including
                                                                                                       obtaining the relevant permissions from your academic school,

                                                                                                       and the availability of a suitable study abroad placement. To
                                                                                                       ensure your safety, travel and study overseas will also depend
                                                                                                       upon Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidance, as well
Rikhil Morjaria, recent graduate                                                                       as government and institutional policies in the host country.
                                                                                                       See inside back cover for more information.

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At Reading, the student voice                   WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP                          TEACHING EXCELLENCE
is central to our teaching and                  Past student-staff partnership projects have    You’ll learn from academics with a real passion
learning activities.                            included:                                       for their subject, informed by the latest
                                                                                                research developments, industry expertise,
Our aim is to deliver academic excellence and   • designing assessments and course
                                                                                                and by being at the forefront of discovery.
an outstanding learning experience, and to        materials in law
make sure you feel part of our community.                                                       Our educators have a wealth of experience
                                                • developing a new first-year module
                                                                                                and expertise. We’re proud to have national
You can become a student rep, and represent       in graphic communications
                                                                                                leaders in higher education, including National
your fellow students’ interests as you work     • exploring the experience of LGBT+             Teaching Fellows, who have been recognised
closely with us to improve our curriculum and     students at Reading                           for the quality of their teaching at Reading, and
learning experience.
                                                • devising ways to support independent study    for making an outstanding impact on student
You’ll have the opportunity to join student       through technology-enhanced learning          outcomes and teaching in higher education.
panels and focus groups to help shape your
university experience, as well as a chance
                                                • a community and diversity project in
                                                                                                YOUR LEARNING EXPERIENCE                            INCLUSIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING                                                                “The teaching and learning
                                                  psychology, bringing students and local
to work with staff on both education and
                                                  communities together through seminars         We draw on the strengths of traditional and         Dr Allán Laville’s passion for improving
                                                                                                                                                    the student experience at Reading isn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and received RUSU’s Diverse & Inclusive
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Teaching Excellence Award 2019.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    experience here is amazing.
research projects, such as our Partnerships                                                     technology-enhanced teaching methods
in Learning and Teaching scheme and
                                                  co-delivered by staff, students, and
                                                                                                to provide you with an excellent learning           unique among his teaching colleagues,           Allán shares his expertise with our entire      My lecturers and tutors are
                                                  members of the public
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
                                                • a range of UROP projects – visit
                                                                                                experience. You’ll have engaging and                but it is certainly impressive. As Dean for
                                                                                                                                                    Diversity and Inclusion, and Lecturer in
                                                                                                                                                                                                    academic community through case studies,        incredibly interesting people;
Programme (UROP) projects.                                                                      interactive face-to-face learning and use                                                           exploring topics such as the importance of
                                         for details.
                                                                                                virtual learning environments and digital           Clinical Psychology, his work helps to ensure   creating safe learning spaces, wellbeing and    they’re great at delivering
                                                YOUR ACADEMIC TUTOR                             resources to apply your studies. Many of            we embed diversity and inclusion within all
                                                                                                                                                    teaching and student-staff partnerships.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the assessment of placement modules,            content and very helpful and
                                                                                                our degrees also have practical workshops,                                                          and teaching best practice for people with
                                                When you join Reading, you’ll have an           laboratory sessions or field trips to develop       Allán was a runner-up for Higher Education      learning disabilities.                          approachable. For me, the
                                                academic tutor. They’ll meet you at least
                                                once a term to help plan and support your
                                                                                                your skills and understanding.                      Psychology Teacher of the Year 2020
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    best thing is how engaging
                                                academic progress, and help with everything
                                                                                                To gain experience and new transferable skills,     “Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of my teaching                                         my seminars are. We get to
                                                                                                many students apply to go on a placement,
                                                from making connections with academic
                                                                                                an internship, or study abroad. There’s also
                                                                                                                                                    and learning practice. In order to develop my practice,                                         take part in a lot of interactive
                                                staff in your area of interest to development
                                                opportunities and accessing support services.
                                                                                                the opportunity to contribute to research,          collaboration with student partners is absolutely key,                                          learning which really helps me
                                                                                                scholarship and practice.
                                                                                                                                                    and we invite our students to complete surveys and                                              to absorb the content and
                                                                                                                                                    interviews so that their voice is front and centre.”                                            boosts my confidence too.”
                                                                                                                                                    Dr Allán Laville, Dean for Diversity and Inclusion                                             Alice,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical)

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Award-winning research happens               IMPROVING BORDER
                                                                                                  SUPPORTING THE NHS
                                                                                                                                                    GET INVOLVED
                                                                                                                                                    PAID RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS
                                                                                                                                                    Gain hands-on research experience on our
                                                                                                                                                    paid Undergraduate Research Opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                                     CURATING RESEARCH
                                                                                                                                                                                                     BA History student Olivia Blackburn spent the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     summer of 2020 curating an online exhibition
                                                                                                                                                                                                     of the University’s extensive collections of
at Reading. Many of your lecturers                                                                Missed appointments cost the NHS around
                                                                                                                                                    Programme (UROP). The programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                     bee-related materials – one of the largest in the
will be at the forefront of their            Professor James Ferryman is transforming             £1bn a year. Dr Weizi Li and her team at                                                           UK – providing vital insights into historic social
                                                                                                                                                    pairs you with an academic and runs for
                                             the future of travel by using travellers’ own        the Informatics Research Centre at Henley                                                          and political perceptions of the world’s most
fields, leading research that                                                                                                                       six weeks over the summer break, giving
                                                                                                                                                                                                     important pollinators. The UROP project, ‘Bees
                                             smartphones as paperless travel documents.           Business School have developed a computer
addresses twenty-first-century               Using innovative biometric technology,               model to predict which patients might miss
                                                                                                                                                    you an opportunity to carry out your own
                                                                                                                                                                                                     in the Collections’, was supervised by Professor
challenges and enhances your                 travellers can simply walk or drive through          their next check-up, prompting a reminder.
                                                                                                                                                    research project.2 This can make a significant
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Helen Parish and Dr Rohan Deb Roy from the
                                                                                                                                                    contribution to your transferable skills,
learning experience.                         borders without stopping. It has already proven      Working with the Royal Berkshire Hospital,                                                         Department of History. Spanning works from
                                                                                                                                                    employability and understanding of the
                                             effective at two international borders and has       missed appointments in patients identified                                                         the sixteenth to the twentieth century, the
REAL-WORLD IMPACT                            many more potential applications. James was          by the model have plummeted by a third
                                                                                                                                                    research environment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     exhibition demonstrates how social and cultural
98% of our research has been rated of        a finalist for Research Project of the Year in the   across three departments.                                                                          perceptions of bees and hives changed as
international standing1 and our academic     2020 Times Higher Education Awards.                                                                    Find out more at          British society evolved.
researchers tackle a broad range of global                                                                                                          and @UniRdg_UROP on Twitter.
challenges, from climate change and
improving human health, to providing food
                                                                                                                                                    PUBLISHING RESEARCH
security and understanding human culture.
                                                                                                                                                    While completing her MSci Applied
#UNIFORREADING                                                                                                                                      Psychology degree, Charlotte Field worked
As well as tackling global issues through                                                                                                           with Dr Allán Laville – Dean for Diversity and
our research, our staff and students are                                                                                                            Inclusion and Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
committed to making a positive impact                                                                                                               – to explore the experiences of LGBT+
through our partnerships with local                                                                                                                 students at Reading. Their UROP project was
communities and businesses.                  PREVENTING                                           PREDICTING RAINFALL                               published in the journal Teaching and Learning
                                             SNAKEBITE DEATHS                                     IN AFRICA                                         Together in Higher Education, giving the
                                                                                                                                                    sector key insights and recommendations –
community and follow our stories on social   Venomous snakebites kill up to 10,000                New satellite-derived estimates of rainfall
                                                                                                                                                    and giving Charlotte her first published piece
media using #UniForReading.                  people a year in Tamil Nadu, but with rapid          developed by Professor Emily Black from
                                                                                                                                                    of research.
                                             medical attention, most snakebites can               the Department of Meteorology are helping
                                             be treated. Dr Sakthi Vaiyapuri, Associate           farming communities across Africa. These
                                             Professor in Pharmacology, collaborated with         estimates enable insurance companies to
                                             clinical colleagues and non-governmental             provide more effective cover against drought.
                                             organisations in the region of India to develop      Current insurance only compensates for
                                             an education campaign that busted myths.             proven crop losses, but by using satellites
                                             In one year, the campaign reached more               rather than rain gauges, Emily’s weather-index                                                     1 Based on our submissions judged to be world leading,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       internationally excellent and internationally recognised in overall
                                             than three million people, and nearly half of        insurance provides an alternative model, one                                                         quality in REF 2014.
                                             snakebite victims attending one hospital             that helps smallholder farmers across the                                                          2 Subject to availability and eligibility. UROP is open to students in
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the middle years of their degree, meaning either a second-year
                                             had sought treatment because of the “rapid           continent look forward to a more secure future.                                                      student, or a third-year student if you are taking a four-year
                                             action saves lives” message.                                                                                                                              degree.

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PARTNERING                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Climate Canopy featuring warming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           stripes by Professor Ed Hawkins

Climate change and environmental                   SHARING EXPERTISE                                      We’ve launched an ambitious and detailed                         Our Climate Education Summit, held in
degradation are two of the most                    We have been awarded a 2021 Queen’s                    plan to become Net Zero Carbon by 2030,                          September 2021, started meaningful
                                                                                                          which has been named Net Zero Strategy of                        conversations to enact lasting, positive
critical issues facing our planet.                 Anniversary Prize in recognition of our
                                                                                                          the Year1, and we’re already making headway:                     change in how young people learn about
Carbon emissions and other                         pioneering research, teaching, stewardship
                                                   and outreach on climate change. In addition                                                                             climate issues in schools and colleges in the
human actions are having a                                                                                • We’ve reduced our carbon footprint by
                                                   to our climate scientists playing a leading                                                                             UK. We also ensure that all our students can
                                                                                                            46% since 2009 and we no longer invest
devastating impact on our world                    role in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on            in fossil fuel companies.
                                                                                                                                                                           develop an understanding of the concepts
– and will continue to do so for                   Climate Change (IPCC) report, we are the                                                                                related to sustainable development through
                                                                                                          • 100% of our electricity is from                                University-wide modules and activities.
decades to come.                                   most-represented organisation in the UK                  renewable sources.
That’s why, at Reading, you’ll have                on the Reuters Hot List of the world’s top                                                                              But you don’t have to wait until you join us:
                                                                                                          • More than 60% of all waste is reused or                        start today. Planet Partners: Tackling the
opportunities to develop an understanding          climate scientists 2021.
                                                                                                            recycled2, and only 2% goes to landfill.                       Climate Crisis Together is our free online
of the impacts and challenges of both the          Our Whiteknights campus is soon to become
                                                                                                          • We are in the top six of all research-                         course, designed to explore how climate
changing climate and further decline of the        home to the largest cluster of weather and
                                                                                                            intensive universities for carbon reduction,                   change affects different aspects of our lives
natural world, equipping you with key skills       climate scientists in the world, following
                                                                                                            recycling and low water usage per head.3                       and raise awareness.
and knowledge to make a positive difference        agreement to build a new, state-of-the-art
in your future career and day-to-day life.         international headquarters for the European
                                                   Centre for Medium-Range Weather
                                                                                                          EDUCATING FUTURE                                                 Find out more at
We work alongside governments to inform                                                                   GENERATIONS
and change public policy and perception.           Forecasts (ECMWF).
                                                                                                          The world-famous warming stripes, designed
As an institution and community, we’re
                                                   SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE                                   by Professor Ed Hawkins, present a compelling                    “The Climate Education
committed to taking leading, collective action
                                                   Our sustainability efforts have seen us                visualisation of how global temperatures
to find lasting solutions – on a local, national
                                                   move up 13 places to rank 15th (out of                 have risen since the mid-19th century due                         Summit gave me the
and international scale.
                                                   154) in the 2021 People & Planet University            to human-caused climate change. The                               opportunity to influence
                                                   League, achieving our third consecutive                stripes have been shared by the likes of Greta
                                                   ‘First Class’ rating.                                  Thunberg and the United Nations, as well as                       public policy and national
                                                                                                          thousands of others around the world.                             change. I’m passionate about

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   © National Centre for Atmospheric Science
                                                                                                                                                                            teaching the next generation
                                                                                                                                                                           – it’s vital that young people
                                                                                                                                                                            feel empowered to tackle the
                                                                                                                                                                            climate and ecological crisis.”
                                                                                                                                                                           Lexi, BA Primary Education (QTS)

                                                                                   1 The Energy Management Awards 2021.              3 Based on analysis of HESA Estates
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FACILITIES             Explore some of the spaces
                       where our students apply their
                       learning and get hands-on,
                       practical experience.1
                                                                            THE LIBRARY
                                                                            The centrepiece of Whiteknights campus
                                                                            is our Library.
                                                                            It provides access to thousands of digital
                                                                            resources, and inside you’ll find extensive
                       MINGHELLA STUDIOS                                    print resources spread out over six floors.
                       Our £11m Minghella Studios environment is            The Library is open 24 hours a day2 with staff
                       purpose-built for creative development. It           there to guide you to the materials you need
                       features:                                            for your studies – and to help you make the
                                                                            best use of them.
                       • three theatre spaces
                                                                            The Library is also home to our academic
                       • multicamera film and TV studio                     liaison librarians, as well as our Study Advice
                       • digital cinema                                     and Maths Support services.
                       • recording studio                                   Other popular features of our Library include:
                       • mixing suite.                                      • group, quiet and silent study spaces to
                                                                              accommodate different learning styles
                       FOOD PROCESSING CENTRE
                                                                            • a large cafe
                       With a floor space of 1,100m2 devoted to
                       approximately £4m worth of food industry             • an outdoor seating and study area.
                       equipment, our pilot plant is an exciting place to
                       develop and analyse food products.
                                                                            ON-CAMPUS MUSEUMS
                                                                            We are home to three museums:
                       ICMA CENTRE TRADING FLOOR
                                                                            • Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
                       Our on-campus International Capital Market
                                                                            • Cole Museum of Zoology
                       Association (ICMA) Centre has the most
                       extensive non-investment bank dealing room           • Museum of English Rural Life.
                       facilities in the world. It houses three dealing     In addition to supporting your studies,
                       rooms with more than 100 trading simulation          these museums are available for placements
                       terminals, supported by both Refinitiv               and internships. They also house a variety of
                       and Bloomberg databases, giving you the              special collections that you can view and use
                       opportunity to put theory into practice – an         during your studies.
                       integral part of our teaching and learning style.
                                                                            UOR MUSIC
                       NEW HEALTH AND LIFE
                                                                            We have a vibrant extra-curricular music
                       SCIENCES BUILDING
                                                                            programme at Reading that is open to all
                       The School of Biological Sciences has relocated      students, whatever your subject, ability and
                       to our new £60m Health and Life Sciences             previous experience. There are dedicated
                       building, which opened in 2020. It houses:           practice rooms for instrumental players,          1 The subject-specific
                                                                                                                                facilities listed on this
                       • state-of-the-art research                          pianists and vocalists, and instrument storage      page are accessible to
                         and teaching laboratories                          facilities on London Road campus. See page 36       students on relevant
                                                                                                                                courses. To find out
                                                                            for more details.                                   more about facilities
                       • seminar rooms                                                                                          available in your chosen
                       • Cole Museum of Zoology.                                                                                area of study, please
                                                                                                                                visit our website.
                                                                                                                              2 Except Saturday nights.

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Reading University Students’                    HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD
Union (RUSU) is an independent                  RUSU runs annual elections for more than
organisation, based on                          1,500 student representative roles and a
Whiteknights campus, that                       termly Student Voice forum, to ensure that
                                                students’ views are shared with both
exists to represent, support
                                                the University and local community.
and provide opportunities for                   Visit
all students studying at the
University of Reading.                          CAMPAIGNS
As a student, you are automatically a           RUSU is here to make your student experience
member of the union. RUSU’s ultimate            the best it can be. Part of how it does this is by
ambition is to deliver essential and relevant   campaigning on issues that affect students.
services to students in an accountable,         This can be on campus, in the local community,
inclusive and dynamic way.                      and sometimes nationally with the National
                                                Union of Students (NUS). If it’s something that
RUSU is led by student-elected officers
                                                affects you as a student, then it’s something
whose roles are to create positive change
                                                RUSU can campaign on.
for students and decide on the direction
and priorities of your students’ union. As      Past campaigns have included improved mental
members of the University’s decision-           health facilities and reducing period poverty.
making committees, they campaign on             If you have an idea for change, you can
behalf of students.                             submit the idea to ‘Change It’. If the idea gets
The union building provides places to           through a student vote, it could be one of
socialise, eat, drink and study, and is also    RUSU’s top priorities for the years ahead.
home to the largest nightclub in Reading.
Income from RUSU’s bars, cafe and retail        Find out more at
outlets supports activities to enhance the      campaigns and
student experience.

For general information, visit

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SPORTS            At Reading, sport is considered to                    Wherever your interests lie,
                  be a huge part of extra-curricular                    there are always opportunities
                  life, with RUSU offering more than                    to get involved with RUSU’s 80+
                  55 sports clubs for all abilities.                    societies – covering arts, dance,

                  It offers a great way for you to stay healthy, have   culture, faith, career, campaigns,
                  fun, and meet new people in a way that suits you.     causes and politics.
                  Some sports clubs and teams usually compete           All societies welcome new members. Joining
                  in the British Universities & Colleges Sport          a society is a great way to meet new people,
                  leagues during the week, and come under the           develop your skills, discover new passions, and
                  Reading Knights sports brand, while others            widen your experiences.
                  are purely recreational.                              The current list of societies can be found on the
                                                                        RUSU website. If you’ve got an interest that’s
                  SPORTS FACILITIES
                                                                        not catered for, you’ll find plenty of support to
                  Focus on your health and wellbeing with yoga and
                                                                        set up your own society.
                  Pilates classes, high-intensity cardio sessions
                  such as spin, box-fit and dance, or five-a-side
                                                                        Find out more at
                  matches on our professional sports pitches.
                  The majority of our facilities are based at the
                  SportsPark, on Whiteknights campus. It offers great
                  membership rates for students. You can access:
                  • our fantastic fitness studio, specialist
                    exercise studios, squash courts, and a large,
                    multipurpose sports hall                            “The campus is always buzzing
                  • the SportsPark grounds, perfect for football,
                    rugby, lacrosse and hockey
                                                                         and feels like a real community.
                  • TennisPark, our expanded, state-of-the-art           I suggest getting involved with
                    tennis facilities, which offers three indoor and     RUSU as much as you can to
                    five outdoor courts.
                                                                         help you settle in. There’s so
                  Find out more at              much on offer and no need to be
                                                                         shy – you’re always welcome at
                  ROWING SCHOLARSHIPS
                  Follow in the footsteps of Olympic rowing
                                                                         any of our events and societies.”
                  champions and Reading alumni James Cracknell,         Emily, BA German
                  Alex Gregory and Anna Watkins.
                  Our University boat club is only three miles
                  from campus. If you have Olympic aspirations,
                  you can apply for a sports scholarship.

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                 Music plays a large role in our
                 students’ extra-curricular activities
                 at Reading and is an enjoyable way
                 to meet people from across
                 the University.
                 While there is no music degree at Reading, we
                 do have a rich music programme that welcomes
                 all students, no matter what subject you’re
                 studying. And with many different ensembles
                 and programmes to choose from, there is
                 something for everyone to get involved in.
                 Ensembles rehearse on a weekly basis to
                 prepare for gigs and performances, and include:
                 • Orchestra
                 • Big Band
                 • Choir
                 • Brass Ensemble
                 • Percussion Ensemble.
                 There are also RUSU music societies for
                 different genres of music, such as Band Society,
                 Singer-Songwriter Society, and K-Pop.
                 Our facilities are based on London Road
                 campus and include dedicated practice rooms,
                 instrument storage facilities, and our main
                 performance venue, The Great Hall.

                 Find out more at

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Moving to university is the start                   BENEFITS                                          ACCOMMODATION                                     CLEVER CUISINE
of a new adventure and it could                                                                       GUARANTEE                                         EATING PLANS
                                                    • Variety. We have nearly 5,000 rooms,
be the first time living in your                      including quieter lifestyle areas, and a        You will be guaranteed a place in halls if you:   Clever Cuisine Eating Plans are unique to
own place. At Reading, we offer                       number of adapted rooms for students            • are a new undergraduate who holds               Reading and offer a flexible way to eat on
                                                                                                                                                        campus. They offer a wide variety of expertly
a range of accommodation                              with disabilities and special requirements.2      Reading as a firm UCAS choice
                                                      There’s also a variety of meal plans offered                                                      cooked meals, made from scratch each day by
options to support your needs.                                                                        • apply for accommodation by 1 August and
                                                                                                                                                        a team of skilled chefs.
                                                      through Clever Cuisine.                           satisfy any conditions of your academic
We believe life in halls should be simple,                                                                                                              Our extensive menus follow seasonality
                                                    • Flexibility. Standard contracts are 40            offer by 31 August of your year of entry.
fun, and a brilliant opportunity to make                                                                                                                and a plant-forward approach, putting fresh
                                                      weeks and 51 weeks. A limited number
new friends.                                                                                          Other restrictions and requirements               produce at the centre of the plate and using
                                                      of 39-week contracts are also available
Our university accommodation is safe,                                                                 may apply. Visit               meat and fish from responsible sources.
                                                      in some room types.
secure, and located close to our beautiful                                                            accommodation for full details.
                                                    • Security. All halls have dedicated security                                                       Each week you receive a set amount of
Whiteknights and London Road campuses.                                                                Please note: in recent years, we’ve been          money to spend in our outlets, with exclusive
                                                      patrols and CCTV.
Our rent prices are all-inclusive, meaning                                                            able to assist all students who hold              discounts of up to 50% off.
that your utility bills, Wi-Fi and basic contents   • Support. Our 24/7 Halls Hotline ensures         Reading as their insurance UCAS choice
                                                      that any halls-related issues are dealt                                                           Your options:
insurance are included.1                                                                              with securing accommodation in our
                                                      with quickly and efficiently. Plus, friendly,   halls; however, you may need to consider          • Platinum. Covers between 18 and 21
                                                      experienced staff wardens will support          private accommodation options if halls are          meals per week and unlimited soft and
                                                      your welfare while in halls.                    oversubscribed in your year of entry.               hot drinks.
                                                                                                                                                        • Gold. Covers between six and eight meals
                                                                                                                                                          per week and either unlimited soft or
                                                                                                                                                          hot drinks.
                                                                                                                                                        • Silver. Covers three meals per week and five
                                                                                                                                                          hot drinks per week.
                                                                                                                                                        All Eating Plans are designed to allow you to
                                                                                                                                                        focus on university life rather than cooking
                                                                                                                                                        and shopping, with 90% of students who use
                                                                                                                                                        them agreeing it makes their life easier.3

                                                                                                                                                        for full details.

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ROOM WITH SHARED BATHROOM                                             EN-SUITE ROOM
                                                                                                                                                       From £137.55 per week (self-catered) to £179.49 per week (catered).   From £168.70 per week (self-catered) to £210.92 per week (catered).

We want you to live in the type                 “I love living in halls – it   GET THE LATEST FIGURES
of accommodation that works                      provides such a community
                                                                               Information on these pages, including
best for you.                                                                  pricing, is based on 2022/23 figures and is

As such, we offer a wide variety of
                                                 between students, with        likely to change slightly for 2023/24 entry.

room types to suit a range of budgets            great links to welfare and                                                                            PREMIUM ROOM WITH SHARED BATHROOM                                     PREMIUM EN-SUITE ROOM
and needs.4 See opposite for an indication of
the types of rooms available.
                                                 support when needed. I feel                                                                           £151.41 per week (self-catered).                                      £193.06 per week (self-catered).

                                                 safe and protected where      1 The basic level of contents insurance covers items in your
                                                 I live, and I’d recommend       room for fire, theft and flood. We recommend that you check
                                                                                 the insurance policy carefully to make sure it meets your needs –
for the latest information.
                                                 it to anyone!”
                                                                                 for example, bicycles are included, but only up to a certain value.
                                                                                 The policy has several restrictions, such as your laptop not
                                                                                 being covered when outside your room. However, the insurance
                                                Alex, BSc Psychology             can be extended and personalised – for example, to cover your
                                                                                 bike or laptop, and/or items anywhere in the UK. The insurance
                                                                                 will cover you for the 31 weeks of term only.
                                                                               2 Subject to availability.
                                                                               3 Clever Cuisine Student Survey, 2021.
                                                                               4 Details are accurate at the time of going to print. Please be
                                                                                 aware that prices listed are for 2022/23 and are subject to
 Questions about COVID-19?                                                       increase for 2023/24. We cannot guarantee that all room                                                   types or rents will be available at the time of booking if
                                                                                 demand is high. Please refer to the accommodation policy
                                                                                 at for further details.

                                                                                                                                                       TOWNHOUSE ROOM                                                        STUDIO
                                                                                                                                                       £168.70 to £172.90 per week (self-catered).                           £216.79 to £226.66 per week (self-catered).

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CAREERS AND                                                                                                                                                                                      GROW YOUR EXPERIENCE

                                                                                                                                                                                                 PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Every undergraduate course at Reading offers the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 take part in a placement – either as a mandatory or optional part of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 course – and an element on career management.3 In fact, many
Our award-winning1 Careers Team is here to help                           “The service I received was excellent, and                                                                             of our students choose to do a professional placement year.
you prepare for your future.                                               I couldn’t recommend it enough. Staff were                                                                            Find out more at
We’ll help you explore your options and identify your career goals,
and we can support you through opportunities such as:                     very knowledgeable, helpful and really                                                                       

• internships                                                              supportive. I felt like they really wanted to
• placements                                                               help me, and invited me back regularly to                                                                             INTERNSHIPS
                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Reading Internship Scheme offers paid, professional work
• mentoring                                                                help with each stage I was at in my search                                                                            experience and the chance to develop your transferable skills. The
• graduate careers.
                                                                           for a graduate job. I have since received an                                                                          scheme is exclusive to our undergraduate students and offers paid
This commitment has helped ensure that 92% of our undergraduates                                                                                                                                 internships from four to eight weeks.
are in work or further study within 15 months of graduating, and of
                                                                           offer, which wouldn’t be possible without the                                                                         At Reading you’ll also be encouraged to undertake as much extra-
those employed full time, 84% are in graduate-level roles.2                help of the staff! I feel confident I can apply                                                                       curricular work experience as possible, and we’ll make sure you
                                                                                                                                                                                                 understand your options, deadlines, and the process to secure the
Our Careers Team was also recognised with a StudentCrowd University        my skills for any job search in the future after                                                                      right internships and work experience for you.
Award in 2021, ranking in the top 20 for university careers services in
the UK, and has won numerous other awards.                                 their help.”
EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS                                                      Chloe, recent graduate                                                                                                 “It is truly an invaluable experience. It sounds
Whether you’re working towards a career goal or still deciding your                                                                                                                               cringey and scripted, but honestly I’m loving
next steps, we’ll help you plan for life after graduation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  my placement. It makes it better that I work
• Careers events. We run hundreds of careers events throughout
  the year. Many of these attract local, national and international
                                                                                                                                                                                                  in a very nice team in a great company. As
  companies, so you can talk to employers, research your options                                                                                                                                  with anything in life, even university, it is what
  and explore opportunities in sectors that interest you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 you make it. If there’s a particular task you
• Online tools and advice. Our digital employability tools ensure you
  get the best possible careers and application support whenever                                                              Amazon | Barclays | BBC | Bristol Zoo | Childreach
                                                                                                                                                                                                  would like to do, let it be known. If you want
  you need it.                                                                                                                International | Clifford Chance | Department for Work and           to work on a particular project, liaise with the
• Alternative options support. You may not want to start work right                                                           Pensions | Disney | EC Harris | Environment Agency | EY
  after you graduate. We can provide advice on alternatives such as                                                           Google | Harrods | HSBC | Huawei | Innocent | Longleat
                                                                                                                                                                                                  necessary people. All in all, I would definitely
  postgraduate study, taking time out, or setting up your                                                                     Safari Park | L’Oréal | Marks & Spencer | Microsoft | National      recommend the placement year.”
  own business.                                                                                                               Portrait Gallery | NHS | Operation Wallacea | Oxfam | Penguin
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Marcus, BSc Mathematics with Placement Year
                                                                                                                              Books | PepsiCo | Procter & Gamble | PwC | The Royal Mint
You’ll also be encouraged to make the most of your time at Reading
                                                                                                                              The Telegraph | UK Wolf Conservation Trust
by developing additional skills and experience alongside your degree.
                                                                                                                              Waitrose | Warner Bros.
                                                                                                                              These are just some of the organisations where our students have
Visit for more information.
                                                                                                                              completed placements and internships.

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