Taught course

Early Modern Literature & Drama

University of Reading · Department of English Literature

Entry requirements

The course is open to those whose undergraduate degree is in English or in a discipline in which the study of literature has formed a substantial part; applicants are normally expected to hold a good 2nd Class Honours degree or higher.

Months of entry


Course content

This course provides a detailed investigation into early modern English literature and drama, with emphasis on our research strengths in archival work, theatre and authorship; the programme will introduce students to the methods of research essential to the study of early modern literature; including history of the book; manuscript studies; databases and editing; the initial stages of the MA will also require students to think critically about the broader intellectual and critical institutions of the 'Early Modern'; the optional modules allow students to specialise in vibrant current research interests, including the place of the stage; Early Modern reconfigurations of identity; negotiations of gender; class, and race: and writing and reading practices.
Materiality and textuality, and modern English studies; the early modern; unruly stage in Shakespearean England; early modern writing and reading, and identity and otherness in the early modern period.
Assessment methods
All of the taught modules are assessed by essay; the seminar courses are followed by a guided research toward a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Information for international students

Evidence of English Language ability will be required. Usually this means an IELTS (or suitable equivalent) score of 7.0

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment39
Dissertation50 (20000 words)
Practical research exercise11

Course contact details

Mrs Jan Cox
+ 44 (0)118 378 8362