The MA in Reading in Practice is the first course in the UK to study how creative literature and its depiction of human troubles and possibilities resonates with people emotionally and imaginatively; and how reading can contribute to health in its broadest sense.
This field is now often called ‘Bibliotherapy’ and on this MA we study books of all kinds and from all periods. You'll gain the ability and confidence to use all literature as a form of personal time-travel and meditation – and in turn to create this process for others.
We'll show you how to form reading groups based on the innovative ‘Get Into Reading’ model, a reader-development outreach project run by a University affiliate across Merseyside (in schools, hostels, community libraries and day centres for the elderly). See http://www.thereader.org.uk
Please note this is a two-year part-time programme that recruits every two years. We are currently taking applications for 2015 and the next recruitment year will be 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), we ranked 10th out of 89 in the UK for 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent) research.
Strong postgraduate community
With over 150 taught and research students from all over the world, you will be part of a genuine international community. You will be able to participate in our lively research culture through attending regular seminars and lectures by guest speakers as well as our own staff and students. A legacy from former tutor Miriam Allott has allowed the department to host a creative writing fellow (currently the poet Sean Borodale), and a vibrant series of international poetry readings. Recent conferences include ‘On Liberties’ at St Deiniol’s Library, and ‘Renaissance Old Worlds’ in collaboration with the British Library. As a doctoral student you can participate in the optional English Graduate Teaching Programme, which allows doctoral students to get the best of the teaching opportunities available without making significant demands on their time.
The independence of study, clarity of expression and management of time demanded by all our taught programmes equip the successful graduate with the skills and knowledge base required for further academic study and research in English and other areas.
However, many graduates choose to enter careers such as teaching, publishing and journalism, or to work in the business sector, often in human resources, administration, marketing or sales.
Successful alumni have gone on to teach English at elementary, secondary and tertiary levels in schools around the globe. A significant number of MA graduates have also continued their studies to PhD level.
Successful alumni have gone on to teach English at elementary, secondary and tertiary levels in schools around the globe. A significant number of MA graduates have also continued their studies at PhD level.
For entry to our Masters programmes a good 2:1 class Bachelors degree in English studies or a similar subject is required.