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University of Reading, Full Time Masters Degrees in Languages, Literature & Culture

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The global reference programme in the field. First university-based programme in this subject. Highly international student body, with a wide range of backgrounds. Read more
  • The global reference programme in the field
  • First university-based programme in this subject
  • Highly international student body, with a wide range of backgrounds
  • Programme combines practical and academic elements into a signature model for design education
  • Design and research areas are global in perspective, with a wide variety of typographic scripts covered

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Typeface design: core seminars
  • Typeface design: reflective practice
  • Dissertation

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our graduates have an excellent employment record. Many take up positions in type design studios, with publishers and general design studios, and wayfinding and information design studios. Others develop their own businesses, or take up managerial roles in creative firms. Employers include Apple, Monotype, Microsoft Typography, Victoria & Albert Museum, Oxford University Press, Financial Times and Nokia.



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Provides in-depth knowledge of approaches to, and the history of, children’s literature. Oldest accredited master’s degree in the world on children’s literature from literary perspectives. Read more
  • Provides in-depth knowledge of approaches to, and the history of, children’s literature
  • Oldest accredited master’s degree in the world on children’s literature from literary perspectives
  • Small seminar group teaching by renowned specialists
  • Interdisciplinary degree, engaging with Childhood Studies and Children’s Media
  • Outstanding preparation for PhD and various careers in cultural, educational and media industries

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Theory of children’s literature criticism
  • Twentieth and twenty-first century children’s literature
  • Nineteenth century children’s literature
  • Myth and folktale in children’s literature
  • Children’s radio, film, television

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our students continue on to, or return to, careers in teaching, publishing, the media, the civil service, the charity sector and advertising, as well as going on to do PhD research.

Students report that their careers are supported by the skills they have acquired not only in terms of subject expertise, but also critical thinking, advanced understanding and writing. 



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Freedom to choose your own pathway through bespoke strands. Small-group teaching with lots of one-to-one interaction with lecturers. Read more
  • Freedom to choose your own pathway through bespoke strands
  • Small-group teaching with lots of one-to-one interaction with lecturers
  • Hands-on involvement with unique archival materials
  • Careful advice at every stage
  • Unique interdisciplinary modules

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Creative and critical writing
  • Beckett
  • The unruly stage in Shakespeare’s London
  • Opening up medieval English texts
  • Victorian innovations

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our students continue on to, or return to, careers in teaching, publishing, the media, the civil service, the charity sector and advertising, as well as going on to do PhD research. Students report that their careers are supported by the skills they have acquired not only in terms of subject expertise, but also critical thinking, advanced understanding and writing. 



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Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and recognised by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Develop your communication, clinical and research skills within professional settings. Read more
  • Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and recognised by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Develop your communication, clinical and research skills within professional settings
  • Focus on clinically related topics
  • Apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as a speech and language therapist upon graduation

What will you study?

Modules include:

  • Advanced Professional Development
  • Communication impairment 1, 2, 3
  • Clinical phonetics & phonology
  • Clinical Practice 1, 2
  • Disorders of fluency
  • Foundations of grammar
  • Medicine 1, 2
  • Multilingualism and Impairment Across the Lifespan
  • Oropharangeal Dysphagia
  • Personality and social psychology
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Research and Dissertation
  • Typical and Atypical Development 1, 2

What career can you have?

Our MSc Speech and Language Therapy programme is recognised by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Speech and language therapists work with adults and children with a range of communication and swallowing difficulties.



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Study Rome’s history, archaeology, topography, demography, art and architecture, from antiquity to the present. Typically includes one term’s residential study at the British School at Rome. Read more
  • Study Rome’s history, archaeology, topography, demography, art and architecture, from antiquity to the present
  • Typically includes one term’s residential study at the British School at Rome
  • Department rated third in UK for the quality of its publications
  • Tailored ‘Approaches to Rome’ module thoroughly prepares you for your time in Italy

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Approaches to Rome
  • Latin or Italian
  • City of Rome (taught at the British School at Rome)
  • Research methods
  • Dissertation

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our Classics MA programmes equip you with vital transferable skills for a range of career paths. They also provide ideal preparation for a PhD and further academic research. 

Recent graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, finance, museum curatorship, teaching, human resources, manufacturing, the police, information management and academia.



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Versatile programme from the Institute of Education, recognised internationally as a world-class provider of teacher education . Read more
  • Versatile programme from the Institute of Education, recognised internationally as a world-class provider of teacher education 
  • Suitable for teachers who have experience of, or interest in, the teaching of English as a Second/ Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) 
  • Deepen your knowledge and understanding of broad education-related topics and debates alongside developing knowledge of theory and practice of teaching ESL/EFL 
  • Acquire knowledge and skills in second language acquisition, teaching methodology, broader educational studies and academic skills 
  • Tailor your studies through a wide range of modules.

This master’s programme is designed for candidates who wish to develop their knowledge of the theory and practice of teaching ESL/EFL alongside deepening their knowledge and understanding of broader education-related topics and debates. Those who wish to develop relevant knowledge and skills in TESOL and related linguistic areas should apply to MA TESOL.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Second language teaching and learning
  • English language: study skills and research methodology
  • Values and practices in education
  • Investigating education
  • Improving teaching and learning

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.



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The purpose of this course is to prepare graduates in linguistics, speech and language therapy, psychology, health science, education and allied disciplines for research-related careers in language sciences. Read more

The purpose of this course is to prepare graduates in linguistics, speech and language therapy, psychology, health science, education and allied disciplines for research-related careers in language sciences.

The course is also appropriate for professionals in speech and language therapy who want to update their knowledge of the language sciences. You will take a set of compulsory modules and then have the opportunity to gain in-depth specialisation in one of three streams: neuroscience, developmental, or multilingualism.

The neuroscience stream will introduce you to current advances in neuroscience research including functional MRI and electrophysiology of language. The developmental stream will focus on language development and disorders, including disorders of fluency and childhood bilingualism. The multilingualism stream provides a flexible multidisciplinary course focusing on linguistic, cognitive and pedagogical aspects of multilingualism, as well as research training in this area.

What will you study?

Modules include:

  • Foundations of grammar
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Child language acquisition
  • Language processing

What career can you have?

The MSc in Language Sciences prepares students for doctoral research across the range of language sciences and a career as a research scientist. The combination of linguistics knowledge, training in statistics and strong analytical skills acquired in this course is also particularly applicable to careers involving research management, such as government and market research, as well as in education and health.



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