MA English Literature
Our MA English Literature presents students with an exciting range of topics and periods, from the Renaissance stage to minority literatures in contemporary Britain.
Come to the University of Reading to study a master's in English Literature. We are ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for English Language and Literature in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2023.
The University of Reading is 6th in the UK for research outputs in English Language and Literature (Times Higher Education analysis of the latest Research Excellence Framework 2021 – English Language and Literature, when scoring by GPA Output).
We deploy our distinctive research strengths, and our world-leading literary collections, to produce a degree that embodies the best of contemporary, critical and archival work. The department’s research widely supports all the teaching on the MA, from Medieval to Contemporary Literature, including postcolonial and world literatures and creative writing.
You have the freedom to choose your own pathway through this programme. You’ll have access to our unique archives including the Archive of British Publishing and Printing and the world’s leading Samuel Beckett collection, and correspondence and other archival materials relating to James Joyce.
You will receive detailed one-to-one guidance on your dissertation, which might be a creative writing portfolio, an edition of a Beckett manuscript, a fin de siècle project oriented around our Wilde collections, or a theoretically informed reading of diasporic fiction.