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MA English – University of Reading

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MA English

Course Overview

  • Full-time:  12 months
  • Part-time:  24 months
  • Start  date:  September

This course enables you to explore literary work across a range of periods and genres. It is suited to those who are committed to several areas of study, and especially those who are interested in looking at one period through the lens of another (say, how the Victorians or the Moderns saw the Renaissance). The course provides a good grounding in research methods, alongside an inviting range of specialist options.

Modules include:

  • Early Modern Reading and Writing
  • Nation and Empire in the Nineteenth Century
  • Diasporas of the Mind
  • Writing, Revision, and Publishing
  • Samuel Beckett

Why choose Reading?

  • Our MA teaching at Reading is highly rated for its friendliness and expertise. You will be taught in small groups, with lecturers and professors leading discussion and giving lectures. There are three teaching terms, and assessment is by essays, and a 20,000-word dissertation written over the summer. You will be given an expert supervisor for your dissertation, who will meet with you for a number of one-to-one advice sessions. Our MAs are taught courses but they also provide appropriate research training for those going on to PhDs. As a part of this, you will actively engage with the University's world-leading archives and special collections.
  • As an MA student in this thriving and dynamic Department, you will be welcomed at a number of special events, including research seminars and guest lectures.
  • We offer a distinctive range of MA courses, each of which has taught components, followed by dissertation supervision: we have concentrated expertise in Early Modern Studies, Samuel Beckett, Children's Literature, and Writing and Publishing History. We hold unique archival collections in all of these areas, with which our MA students engage throughout their time with us.

Career prospects

Our students continue, or return to, careers in teaching, publishing, the media, the civil service, the charity sector and advertising, as well as going on to do PhD research. Students report that their careers are supported by the skills they have acquired on the MAs in terms of not only subject expertise, but also critical thinking, reading closely and with advanced understanding, and writing well.

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Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you also be eligible to apply

Contact Us

For enquiries about course content, structure & syllabus, please contact:

Director of Postgraduate Studies

Professor Karín Lesnik-Oberstein

For enquiries about admissions requirements, please contact:


Fees & costs

Course feesMore information about course fees

The fee you pay is dependent on the course you are taking, whether you take the course full-time or part-time, and whether or not you are coming from outside the EU.

Living costsMore information about living costs

At least £180 per week, but varies depending on lifestyle.

Alumni discount

If you’re a Reading graduate, you can receive up to £1,000 off course fees through our alumni fee discount – find out more here


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