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How you'll learn – University of Reading

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  • Develop your academic and professional skills

    Our master's degrees equip you with a wealth of relevant skills

How you'll learn

Our approach to teaching has always been built on close contract between students and teaching staff. It has a commitment to personal teaching within small seminar groups.

The principal aims of our teaching strategy:

  • Enable you to engage knowledgeably in the contemporary scholarly debate in your chosen subject.
  • Develop your capacity for independent research and critical analysis.
  • Advance your ability to present research findings concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Prepare you for further academic research or careers that require a sound knowledge in your chosen field.
  • Assist you in developing transferable skills for future professional careers.

“While writing my dissertation I wanted to secure a civil service position. My course has definitely increased my confidence, and I would say my public speaking skills in particular, which is crucial in my current position. I am staying in this position for now, to give myself an opportunity to gain further experience.”

Georgina Stearman – Former postgraduate student, now working in the National Probation Service

A direct and engaging approach to teaching

Most of our modules are taught in small-group, two-hour seminars. This setup encourages classroom discussions and enables you to directly interact with our expert academics. You will learn how to best present your arguments based on independent research and analysis in formal and informal oral presentations and in writing.

Develop your expertise in a particular area through independent research

As part of your master's degree, to write a dissertation of 13,000 - 15,000 words. It's an opportunity for you to develop in-depth research expertise in a specific topic or issue and to contribute new insights to the current scholarly debate.

We give you the freedom to define the focus of your dissertation, and you will receive guidance on the feasibility of your proposed project from your director of studies.

Acquire useful transferable skills that will aid you in your career

Apart from advancing subject knowledge, you will develop strong IT skills, which will greatly help you in your future professional career or in further academic research. Undertaking a master's degree with us will challenge you in a number of ways, helping you to develop your analytical skills, presentation techniques, communication and leadership skills, and your ability to work in both a group and independently. You will also require strong time-management skills.

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