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Undergraduate study

Gain skills of critical analysis, communication, negotiation, adaptability, problem solving, and cultural understanding that will be crucial to your success, both during and after university.

We are ranked in the top 20 in the UK for English and Creative Writing in the Guardian Best UK Universities Guide 2022.

Master's study

Join a diverse and vibrant community of students and academic staff and develop your knowledge in small seminar groups with access to world-leading archives and literary treasures.

PhD study

Be part of a large and diverse community and work alongside a thriving group of postdoctoral researchers who recently completed their PhDs.

Our research

We offer internationally recognised research across the historical spectrum, including the areas of Book and Publishing Studies, Poetry and Poetics, Recovered Voices and Minority Perspectives, Samuel Beckett Studies, and Early Modern Literature.

Special Collections and resources

Access unique original manuscript collections, journals, the Museum of English Rural Life and its archives, a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, rare collections of books, and much more.

Meet our experts

Our talented and internationally-diverse team are actively involved in research, contributing directly to your teaching and supervision.

Our stories

Read stories from our staff, students, and alumni to find out what it's like to study English Literature at the University of Reading.