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The University of Reading is one of the UK’s top research-led universities. We are always pushing the boundaries of knowledge and tackling global challenges.
Our talented, vibrant student community, passionate academics, excellent facilities, and welcoming atmosphere make Reading a fantastic place to live, study and work.
Teaching, learning and the student experience is at the heart of everything we do at the University of Reading.
Our 7,800 postgraduates benefit from modern facilities that help to maximise their learning potential.
Our portfolio of over 150 taught postgraduate courses spans vocational as well as academic study programmes, many of which offer professional accreditations.
At Reading, you can start preparing for your future career from the day you arrive.
Our Careers Service offers individual advice and guidance during your studies, as well as a range of workshops and events to help you find part-time work, volunteering and graduate roles.
This focus on employability contributes to the success of our graduates: 94% of our taught postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating. Of those working full time, more than 95% are in professional or managerial occupations (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2016/17 leavers.)
The University of Reading offers a range of scholarships to master’s students. Some awards are offered directly by the University and others are allocated to our students by external funding bodies.
Our Master’s Visit Afternoons are the perfect opportunity to: meet with some of our current postgraduate students; take a guided tour of our beautiful, award-winning campus; and talk to academic staff from your department of interest.
Details about our next postgraduate open day can be found here.
You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK).
For international students, our English language requirements are usually an overall score of either 6.5 or 7.0 in the IELTS (depending on the programme).
The quickest and easiest way to apply for postgraduate study at the University of Reading is through our online application service.
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Our MA programmes offer unique insights into the richness and variety of human experience. When engaged in this exciting process of discovery, you will encounter a wide range of subjects and approaches to history while also having the opportunity to pursue you own enthusiasms. Leading scholars will guide you through the latest developments in the discipline from the end of the ancient world to the new millennium.
As a postgraduate student in the Department of History at Reading, you will be joining a thriving research community. Our Department's research interests cover Early Modern British and European History; Modern British and European History; American History and Russian History. Thanks also to the close cooperation with historians based in other departments, our students benefit from a truly interdisciplinary and vibrant research environment. All our students are regularly invited to a wide range of research seminars, workshops and conferences within our University and are encouraged to take part in national and international networks.
The Centre for Early Modern History, The Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, the Centre for Economic History and the Centre for the Advance Study of French History offer exciting seminars, reading groups and conferences throughout the academic year.
The History Postgraduate Room is based within the Department and offers all our students the chance to work independently on their projects in a friendly and supportative atmosphere, in close contact with other students and members of staff.
Each MA student is assigned an academic supervisor. They offer guidance, support and monitor the progress of your research. They are there to ensure that you master all the appropriate research skills and that the project comes to its successful conclusion. In addition the MA Director keeps in regular touch with all the MA students and is available to offer academic feedback and pastoral care. Particular attention is dedicated to part-time and modular students and we take great pride in making sure that all our students feel part of the Department.
Last but not least, because of the high number of successful postgraduate programmes that attract a large number of students to our University each year, you will meet many young researchers coming from various parts of the UK and from abroad. The Postgraduate Welcome Event in early October will help you settle in and find your way around our beautiful campus.
Our students can rely on a wide range of excellent resources.
The University Library holds 1.2 million catalogued books and subscribes to over 17,000 e-journals.
The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) has an impressive library and it houses one of the most comprehensive national collections of objects, books and archives relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside in the country. Some of the most important collections include the Archive of British Publishing and Printing and the Samuel Beckett Collection. The Museum’s collections have MLA Designated Status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council ensuring their importance is recognised nationally and internationally.
The Visual Resource Centre holds an important collection of visual materials that covers a range of art historical periods from antiquity up to the 21st century, and includes images of both art and architecture, as well as some relating to photography and design.
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology is the fourth largest collection of Greek ceramics in Britain.
The Berkshire Record Office and the BBC Written archives are in easy reach from the University Campus. The University of Reading is also conveniently located near London and Oxford. Our students can take advantage of the fast train connection to London and carry out day research trips to the National Archives in Kew, the British Library, the Bodleian Library and many other research centre and institutions in the London and Oxford areas.
The School of Law is part of the world-ranked University of Reading, rated among the UK's most research intensive institutions and one of the UK's largest, best-known and most successful campus universities. We are ideally located in the thriving town of Reading, just 25 minutes by train from London, and at the heart of the employment-rich Thames Valley region.
With attractive views of Whiteknights Lake and surrounded by parkland, the School of Law is situated in an architecturally significant grade 2 listed building on the University's main campus. Among the most satisfied law students in the UK, our students benefit from a dynamic and international learning environment, high quality teaching and courses supported by the latest research, state-of-the-art facilities, opportunites to gain practical real-world experience and our links with graduate employers.
Our leading undergraduate degree and postgraduate masters courses are designed to prepare students to work in the legal profession but with law graduates in high demand they also provide a route into many other areas. We also offer a wide range of leading postgraduate research opportunities.
The Graduate Institute of Political and International Studies (GIPIS) at the University of Reading was established as the Graduate School of European and International Studies (GSEIS) in the mid-1960's, one of the leading multi-disciplinary centres of teaching and research in European and International Studies in the UK.
GIPIS has always had a very strong intake of international students, every year attracting at least 50 per cent of students from outside the UK. A significant number of our students continue their education at GIPIS immediately after their first degree, many joining us to advance a career they have already entered. The Institute's teaching and research covers important aspects of:
European Political and Economic Integration and Culture,
Strategy and Defence,
Arms Control and Non-Proliferation,
Security and Terrorism,
International Political Economy,
The Politics of Mediterranean Countries,
Africa and the Middle East, Asia-Pacific,
Political Theory and Public Ethics
Within the School there is a Seminar Series. The School and GIPIS maintain a regular programme of visiting speakers. They contribute expertise and cutting-edge research output in all areas of the study of politics and international studies, thus allowing students to expand their knowledge beyond their immediate area of studies.
For more than thirty years, the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at Reading has been the only one of its kind in a British university.
We have developed a unique approach to the subject through a combination of practice, theory and history. Our special strengths lie in editorial and information design, in electronic publishing and in the history of printing and letterforms. Each of these is represented in our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, in the research interests of our members of staff and in works published by the Department, such as Typography papers.
We also have a Design & Print Unit that not only provides our students with a ‘laboratory’ of design for print, but also acts as a printing facility for the University.
Reading, which is situated halfway between London and Oxford, is very well placed for postgraduate study. It has excellent library facilities on its main campuses and within the Department. In addition, the University has a number of outstanding collections relating to typography and graphic communication.
Part of the triple-accredited Henley Business School, the ICMA Centre is the product of the first active collaboration between the securities industry and a university finance department. The ICMA Centre was founded in 1991 through a unique alliance between the University of Reading and the International Capital Market Association (formally International Securities Market Association).
The Centre has a global reputation for its excellence in undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education, as well as professional and policy development research and consultancy.
The practical application of finance theory is one of the ICMA Centre’s key advantages and is why students and financial institutions alike choose the Centre for their education and training needs. This integration of theory with practice is achieved through the use of the Centre’s three state-of-the-art dealing rooms. All equipped by Thomson Reuters, the terminals run the latest industry simulation software as well as the Centre’s own simulation software platform, ICTrader.
There are a number of reasons we continue to go from strength to strength:
• The integration of applied finance theory and industry specific education
• Innovative teaching by world renowned academics and industry practitioners
• Strong links with banks, trade bodies and other financial institutions
• The largest and best equipped dealing rooms in any European business school
• Excellent employment rate facilitated by our dedicated Career Development service.
Our location at the University of Reading, only 25 minutes by train to the heart of the city of London, provides our students with the advantage of access to all of the facilities, experiences and amenities open to the students of the University and Henley Business School.
The 320-acre Whiteknights campus in Reading provides a wonderful environment conducive for learning.
Partnerships and Accreditation
The ICMA Centre is in partnership with a variety of organisations to ensure all programmes are up-to-date and organisations are in line to offer students great opportunities.
Henley Business School – Triple Accredited Business School
Henley is one of only 53 global business schools to hold triple-accredited status from the UK, European and US awarding bodies, placing us among the top 1% of business schools worldwide.
• Association of MBAs
• European Foundation for Management Development
• Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Henley is also ranked among Europe’s top business schools by the Financial Times European Business School ranking.
A University of high standing
The University of Reading is one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities and is in the top 200 worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2018). It has over 150 years of history, with origins as a University of Oxford extension college.
Providing a globalised educational experience
The Graduate Institute itself attracts around 90 MSc/MA students each year to study at Reading, typically coming from 40 countries – and as such is an outstanding example of a globalised educational experience. In recent years we have attracted students from throughout Africa, South and East Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East. This broad international mix, which includes both young graduates and experienced mid-career professionals, helps create a unique learning environment for all students.
Internationally recognised teaching expertise
We are world leaders in teaching and research in the natural and social sciences relating to agriculture, the food chain, rural environments and the countryside and international development . Our work covers the businesses and people associated with these sectors (such as food and agribusiness, rural livelihoods, communities and consumers), and the policy and political environments in which they function locally, nationally, regionally and globally. In our subject area, the School is consistently ranked as having teaching of the highest quality by numerous newspaper university subject ratings and by student surveys.
Recent GIIDAE graduates went on to work for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, United Nations, Economic & Social Research Council, BBC World Service (News and Current Affairs department), FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization) and also onto study for PhDs.
Whether you see your future within the academic, business, government or NGO sector, GIIDAE's courses offer a stepping stone to a rewarding and worthwhile career.
Reading – the town
Reading is superbly located on the river Thames, with excellent road and rail access. Heathrow airport is a short bus-link service away. London, Oxford and Windsor are all within 35 minutes travelling distance.
Reading offers some of the best retail and entertainment experiences in the Thames Valley yet is surrounded by beautiful countryside, ideal for country walks and pub lunches. Henley with its famous regatta, is local to Reading as are many other picturesque riverside towns and villages.
Located in the prosperous Thames Valley, Reading is rich in investment and employment opportunities. Its buoyant economy offers plentiful work for both current students and new graduates. A degree from the University of Reading is well regarded by employers in business and industry.
The University campus is set in a mature parkland of over 160 hectares. The on campus facilities include halls of residence, a sportspark, shops, bars, eateries, a chaplaincy and Reading Film Theatre. First class resources are supported by world-class teaching. The University’s ongoing investment in high-quality teaching and learning facilities ensures its staff and students can achieve their full potential.
The Graduate Institute is located in a new building with state-of-the-art lecturing facilities, a PC lab with 24-hour access, wireless internet connection and its own catering facility.
OFSTED "OUTSTANDING": A LEADING FORCE IN INTERNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION.
Consistently ranked "Outstanding" by Ofsted, the Institute of Education (IoE) at the University of Reading is recognised internationally as a world-class provider of teacher training.
READING IS AMONG TOP 1% OF UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD.
It is a global university with world-class teaching and research.
THE UNIVERSITY IS RANKED AS ONE OF UK'S 20 MOST RESEARCH-INTENSIVE UNIVERSITIES.
The IoE's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) results were described by leading educationalist Professor Andy Goodwyn as: "A real triumph for the IoE that everyone can be intensely proud of."
WHAT MAKES LIFE GOOD AT READING?
We are consistently rated among the top UK universities for student satisfaction. Students enjoy the vibrant, exciting and central location, close to London, Heathrow Airport and other transport hubs.
WHY ARE OUR CAMPUSES SO SPECIAL?
2015 saw our 5th consecutive Green Flag award for our stunning campus. At Reading, we take huge pride in the beauty and significance of our award-winning campuses. We host many cultural and musical performances and our award-winning Whiteknights campus is host to world-class library, state of the art gymnasium, lakes, pastures, cafes and bookshops. Together with our historic London Road campus, we offer some of the most beautiful places to study in the UK.
The IoE is based in the beautiful cloisters-and-quad setting of London Road, where we host the graduation ceremonies for the whole University. Our unparalleled, tailored environment within the historic walls of UoR's original campus offers the best and most attractive facilities for teacher training in the UK.
With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent teacher's pension and better work life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today.
WHY IS READING A PINNACLE OF EDUCATION?
In addition to those who achieve awards at Master's and PhD level, every year, close to 500 or our students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). The University has excellent partnership arrangements with over 300 local schools which employ the majority of our graduates. Graduates from the Institute have an excellent chance of finding employment - well over 90% of our NQTs found a teaching job last year.
We offer the PGCE Secondary and Primary, BA (Ed) and Primary and Secondary School Direct. All PGCE students also qualify for 60 Masters credits as part of their course. Our undergraduate courses include the unique BA in Theatre Arts Education and Deaf Studies (TAEDS) and the BA in Children's Development and Learning. Building on the success of our Foundation degree we have become established as a major provider for Early Years Professional status.
RESEARCH AND HIGHER DEGREES BY RESEARCH: A LOCAL AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE.
Strengths include leadership and management, first and second language education, literacy, inclusion and special education needs, equity and diversity, curriculum development, early childhood and information technology.
The Institute of Education is part of the University-wide Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism. Our work is designed to promote world leading research while preserving the professional mission of a teacher training institute with a local and regional role. We offer full and part time Masters and PhD programmes and the part-time Educational Doctorate [Ed.D], taught only at weekends and aimed at busy professionals working full time.
We have a wonderfully varied community of international students from over 100 countries, taking short courses [2 weeks to 3 months], Masters and PhDs. We host visiting international researchers and scholars and many staff are themselves international. We support all international students and visitors and run a special programme of social and cultural events, including educational visits.
We enjoy our particular focus on China and our collaboration with University of Guangdong.
We began delivering courses in Malaysia in 2012 and the planned opening of our Malaysian campus in 2015 is an important step for our future.
With the University of Guangdong, we provide a full time Masters programme for teachers of English.
We provide one month courses for educational leaders and administrators from Chinese Universities.
In Wenzhou Province we deliver month long courses for teachers of English and Educational leaders.
We provide 10 places a year for Wenzhou teachers on the full time Masters in English at Reading.
Distinctive, engaging focused
Henley is a world-renowned international business school based in the UK. Operating in 17 countries; ranked among the top schools in Europe; and being one of only 53 business schools in the world to hold triple-accredited status, Henley has a truly global reputation and reach.
We are known for developing outstanding business professionals and leaders - and our distinctive approach is proven to deliver results. Focused and engaging in every sense, Henley is best placed to make an impact on your career and life.
• AACSB – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
• AMBA – The Association of MBAs
• EQUIS – European Quality Improvement System
Centres of Excellence
Henley draws on a wealth of knowledge from centres of excellence within the school. These include the ICMA Centre (International Capital Markets Association) - Europe’s first active collaboration between the securities industry and academia; the largest centre in the UK for teaching and research in real estate and planning; one of the world’s premier centres for teaching and research in international business and the highly specialist Informatics Research Centre.
Research and expertise
Our research furthers understanding of complex international business issues and delivers ground-breaking thinking that has world impact. We are home to nearly 150 academic faculty, many of whom are widely published; cited experts and regularly feature in the media. Research at Henley is both pure and applied and is driven through 14 internationally-recognised research centres. We work closely with governments and organisations internationally and help to drive the global research agenda across a uniquely broad range of fields including: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting, ICMA Centre (Finance), International Business and Strategy, Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour, Marketing and Reputation and Real Estate and Planning.
Henley’s Masters programmes span key subjects that relate to general business and the School’s distinct areas of specialism: accounting, coaching, finance, international business, informatics, international management, marketing, real estate and planning.
Across its two campuses in the UK, Henley Business School provides cutting-edge teaching and learning facilities, including the most extensive non-investment bank dealing room operation in the world; conference-standard lecture theatres and high-quality seminar and syndicate rooms; dedicated office space and two exclusive Academic Resource Centres.
Find out more at www.henley.reading.ac.uk/pg or www.facebook.com/henleypg