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Join an English Literature department with wide interests and world-leading archives, which is ranked in the top 150 worldwide for English Language and Literature. (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021.)

We deploy our varied research strengths and our literary collections to produce a degree that embodies the best of current critical, theoretical and archival work.

Our wide-ranging research interests include Book and Publishing Studies, Poetry and Poetics, Recovered Voices and Minority Perspectives, Samuel Beckett Studies, Medical Humanities, Children’s Literature, and Creative Writing.

Courses for 2021/22

We offer a distinctive range of master's programmes, each of which has taught components, followed by dissertation supervision.

MA English

Create your MA programme and select from topics such as the early modern period, the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, modern literary feminism, and creative writing. 

You'll have access to our unique archives including the Archive of British Publishing and Printing and the world’s leading Samuel Beckett collection.

MRes Children's Literature

Explore the history of children’s literature with Britain’s oldest master’s degree on children’s literature from a literary perspective.

You can examine nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century children’s literature and criticism, and gain in-depth knowledge of approaches to the subject.

The MRes is part of the Graduate Centre for International Research in Children's Literature: Literature, Culture, Media (CIRCL), which runs our world-famous and cutting-edge research on children's literature, culture, and media.

MA Creative Writing

Advance your creative writing abilities through the conception, development, revision, and completion of a project. 

Draw upon Reading’s expertise in areas such as archival research, the history of publishing, cultural criticism, and persuasive writing through our range of optional modules.

This course starts in September 2022.

 

Courses for 2022/23

If you would like to start studying at the Department of English Literature in 2022, please view our 2022/23 postgraduate courses.


Fees and funding

There is a variety of funding support available to our master’s students.

UK students can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. You may also be eligible for other grants and bursaries.

Both UK and International students can apply for a range of scholarships. Our scholarships are awarded based on previous academic achievement.

Postgraduate fees and funding

Scholarships

A range of scholarships is available. If you enrol in one of our master's programmes for 2022/23, you can apply for a scholarship worth £2000 (UK/home) or £4000 (international).

Find out more about our Scholarships

How you'll study

Postgraduate 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.

Meet our experts

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

Our research

The English Literature Department pursues internationally recognised research across the historical spectrum.