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Postgraduate taught courses in English Literature – University of Reading

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  • "Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul." Joyce Carol Oates

Postgraduate taught courses in English Literature

Books and penOur 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.

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There are three teaching terms, and assessment is by essays and a dissertation written over the summer. You will be given an expert supervisor for your dissertation, who you will meet with you for a number of one-to-one advice sessions. Our MAs are  taught programmes, 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.

The staff are great to talk to - they're experts in things you're interested in, plus they're also great examples of what you can do with your degree once you've finished.

- Elle Codling, MA English


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 programmes, each of which has taught components, followed by dissertation supervision.


We have concentrated expertise in Victorian Literature, 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.


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