The MA in English presents students with an exciting range of topics and periods, from the Renaissance stage to minority literatures in contemporary Britain.
We deploy our distinctive research strengths, and our world-leading literary collections, to produce a degree that embodies the best of contemporary, critical and archival work. You can choose to follow a specific study track, focusing entirely on the Renaissance, the Victorians, or the modern and contemporary (including creative writing options), or you can make your own combinations of different periods and critical and creative practices. You will receive detailed one-to-one guidance on your dissertation, which might be a creative writing portfolio, an edition of a Beckett manuscript, a fin de siècle project oriented around our Wilde collections, or a theoretically informed reading of diasporic fiction.
See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/english-literature-pg/ma-english.aspx
• Samuel Beckett
• Caribbean narratives
• Creative and critical writing
• Diasporas of the mind
• Identity and otherness in the early modern period
• Phillip Roth
• The unruly stage in Shakespeare's London
• Victorian Innovations
Find out more about what you will study here - http://www.reading.ac.uk/english-literature/PostgraduateTaught/ell-pgt-english-literature-ma-res-english.aspx
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
What career can you have?
Our students continue, 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 on the MAs in terms of not only subject expertise, but also critical thinking, reading closely and with advanced understanding, and writing well.
Choose from a distinctive range of MA courses and actively engage with the University’s world-leading archives and special collections.
Our MA teaching at the University of Reading is highly rated for its friendliness and expertise. You will be taught in small groups, with lecturers and professors leading discussion and giving lectures. There are three teaching terms, and assessment is by essays, and a 20,000-word dissertation written over the summer. You will be given an expert supervisor for your dissertation, who will meet with you for a number of one-to-one advice sessions. Our MAs are taught courses but they also provide appropriate research training for those going on to PhDs. As a part of this, you will actively engage with the University’s world-leading archives and special collections.
As an MA student in this thriving and dynamic Department, you will be welcomed at a number of special events, including research seminars and guest lectures. We have concentrated expertise in Early Modern Studies, Samuel Beckett, Children’s Literature, and Writing and Publishing History. We hold unique archival collections in all of these areas, with which our MA students engage throughout their time with us.
You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.