Choose from a distinctive range of master’s programmes and actively engage with the University’s world-leading archives and special collections.
We are ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for English Language and Literature in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022.
Our master’s teaching at the University of Reading is delivered with 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 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.
We offer taught master’s programmes, but they also provide appropriate research training for those going on to PhDs as well as those with an interest in the heritage sector. As part of this, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with our world-renowned archives and special collections.
As a master’s student in this thriving and dynamic Department, you will be welcomed at a number of special events, including research seminars and guest lectures. We have concentrated expertise in early modern studies, Samuel Beckett, children’s literature, and writing and publishing history.
Looking for postgraduate research opportunities?
Come to Reading for your PhD or professional doctorate and join a talented and diverse community of fellow researchers working to improve lives across the globe.