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Reading is a large town in the south of England, around 20 miles from the edge of London. Famous for its long-running and high-profile music festival, the town is also an important higher education centre, with one university and around 16,000 students.
Despite being a major administrative and economic centre for its region, Reading is one of the largest population centres in England not to be accorded city status. Instead it offers all the features of a larger city, whilst retaining a local feel (but don’t worry if you’re looking for a more metropolitan postgraduate experience: London is a mere half hour away by train).
Today Reading is internationally famous as the home of the Reading Festival: one of the largest live music events in Britain, with international acts performing across multiple stages each August bank holiday weekend (a great way to let your hair down before getting stuck into a Masters dissertation, perhaps?). A more sedate way to take a break from your Masters would be to take a boat-trip down the river to picturesque Henley-upon-Thames, home of the Henley Royal Regatta towing tournament. Windsor is also nearby if you want to pay a visit to Windsor Castle, one of the British royal family’s official residences.
In Reading itself, you can view a Victorian replica of the Bayeux tapestry at the Reading Museum, along with an eclectic collection of historical artefacts.
The University of Reading was originally founded as a university college associated with the University of Oxford in 1892, before becoming a full university in 1926. It has since grown to encompass multiple campuses and other facilities in and around the town and is usually ranked in and around the top 50 British universities and the top 200 globally.
Reading benefits from its close proximity to London, enjoying excellent connections to the capital and a vibrant economy of its own. Major companies in Reading include Microsoft and Oracle. The Thames Valley Park is a large business park on the outskirts of Reading that hosts both companies, along with a range of other organisations.
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This Master's programme provides an analytical and integrated study of accounting and financial management, combining a conceptual and theoretical approach with an emphasis on application to the relevant developments from the current international practice. Read more
The MSc Finance programme at the ICMA Centre has been specially designed with the support of industry practitioners. Through a unique combination of interactive, technically advanced teaching and hands-on training, our graduates are prepared for a career in finance. Read more
This Masters programme will prepare you for a career in the rapidly expanding FinTech sector. Read more
This Master's programme examines key issues from both a business and economic perspective, including how multinational corporations leverage financial markets when seeking to exploit international business opportunities, the management challenges presented, and the relevance of these to financial and capital markets. Read more
The MSc in International Shipping and Finance is a truly unique programme through which we aim to produce tomorrow’s leaders in the maritime shipping and wider transportation sectors. Read more
During the course you will develop expertise in a range of specialised areas such as trading strategies, portfolio and fund management, alternative investments, ethics in investment management and risk management, among others. Read more
The Master's in Management programme delivers a strong academic and practical grounding in core subjects. This includes strategy, marketing, finance and ethics, as well as offering students a wide choice of elective modules. Read more
Students on this Masters course will examine the strategies multinational firms use to compete in a global economy. As well as the development and policy challenges they create, from the perspectives of both developing and developed countries. Read more
This Master's programme has been developed as a collaboration between Henley’s Business Informatics Systems and Accounting (BISA) area and the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Centre. Read more
The programme aims to provide students with a thorough postgraduate education in the field of international management, with a specialism in accounting and its international aspects. Read more
LLM Advanced Legal Studies is a dedicated course for the study of law at an advanced level. This generalist LLM course offers you maximum flexibility, enabling you to tailor your studies to meet your own interests and ambitions in a broad range of areas. Read more
Enhance your knowledge and skills as a healthcare professional with our MSc Advancing Healthcare Practice. Practising healthcare professionals can apply to study this flexible, taught, workplace-based master's degree, which combines a range of optional and compulsory modules to suit their learning needs. Read more