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Master's courses

Example of information design project by master's student

Study communication design, typographic research or creative enterprise at postgraduate level.

Why study with us?

Typography lecturer standing up and showing master's student text in a book during seminar
Our Department has an international reputation for its teaching and research. On our master's programmes you'll benefit from the collective expertise of our academic staff, researchers and visiting practitioners.

Our collections and archives

Collections-based book design workshop with master's students

Archives from major individual designers and design companies are an important part of our collection. They make a unique contribution to our teaching, to postgraduate research, and as a source of inspiration to our students.

How you'll study

Book cover design for Double Cross by Malorie Blackman by master's student as final project

You'll learn in small-group workshops and seminars, and apply your design skills to practical projects. You'll also work with historical material from our collections and gain insights in how design practice reflects past and present technology and contexts.

Student work

Visit our Flickr site to see more examples of student work.

Two master's students sitting in the Department, working on a laptop

Life in the Department

You'll engage with your fellow postgraduates and researchers in a supportive, collegiate environment. 

Read Dan's story

My time at Reading was the start of many relationships with colleagues and specialists whose own work is vital to what we’re doing at Adobe now.

Dan Rhatigan

Master's graduate and Senior Manager at Adobe Type

Diagram called Design How You Feel created as part of graphic communication research project.

Our research

In the last research excellence framework, we were ranked first in the UK for research in our sector (Times Higher Education Institutions ranked by subject, based on its analysis of the last research excellence framework (REF) 2014).