A University of high standing
The University of Reading is one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities and is in the top 200 worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2018). It has over 150 years of history, with origins as a University of Oxford extension college.
Providing a globalised educational experience
The Graduate Institute itself attracts around 90 MSc/MA students each year to study at Reading, typically coming from 40 countries – and as such is an outstanding example of a globalised educational experience. In recent years we have attracted students from throughout Africa, South and East Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East. This broad international mix, which includes both young graduates and experienced mid-career professionals, helps create a unique learning environment for all students.
Internationally recognised teaching expertise
We are world leaders in teaching and research in the natural and social sciences relating to agriculture, the food chain, rural environments and the countryside and international development . Our work covers the businesses and people associated with these sectors (such as food and agribusiness, rural livelihoods, communities and consumers), and the policy and political environments in which they function locally, nationally, regionally and globally. In our subject area, the School is consistently ranked as having teaching of the highest quality by numerous newspaper university subject ratings and by student surveys.
Recent GIIDAE graduates went on to work for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, United Nations, Economic & Social Research Council, BBC World Service (News and Current Affairs department), FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization) and also onto study for PhDs.
Whether you see your future within the academic, business, government or NGO sector, GIIDAE's courses offer a stepping stone to a rewarding and worthwhile career.
Reading – the town
Reading is superbly located on the river Thames, with excellent road and rail access. Heathrow airport is a short bus-link service away. London, Oxford and Windsor are all within 35 minutes travelling distance.
Reading offers some of the best retail and entertainment experiences in the Thames Valley yet is surrounded by beautiful countryside, ideal for country walks and pub lunches. Henley with its famous regatta, is local to Reading as are many other picturesque riverside towns and villages.
Located in the prosperous Thames Valley, Reading is rich in investment and employment opportunities. Its buoyant economy offers plentiful work for both current students and new graduates. A degree from the University of Reading is well regarded by employers in business and industry.
The University campus is set in a mature parkland of over 160 hectares. The on campus facilities include halls of residence, a sportspark, shops, bars, eateries, a chaplaincy and Reading Film Theatre. First class resources are supported by world-class teaching. The University’s ongoing investment in high-quality teaching and learning facilities ensures its staff and students can achieve their full potential.
The Graduate Institute is located in a new building with state-of-the-art lecturing facilities, a PC lab with 24-hour access, wireless internet connection and its own catering facility.