Taught course

Samuel Beckett: Archive, Text and Performance

University of Reading · Department of Film, Theatre and Television

Entry requirements

Entrants to this programme are normally required to have obtained an equivalent of a 2(i) Honours degree or equivalent. However, entrants with a 2(ii) Honours degree or equivalent will be considered on an individual basis. If you have other qualifications and a number of years’ relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

The degree has two central aims. It will enable students to engage in advanced archival research techniques related specifically to the extensive holdings of the university’s Beckett Archive, and to relate those techniques to discussion of Beckett’s writing and its contexts. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the complex and sophisticated relationship between Beckett’s multimedia work in film, theatre, television and radio. The programme’s modular structure is designed so that students who wish to take a more literary approach (such as Beckett’s work in the novel and poetry) can do so; the degree’s flexibility also provides opportunities for students who wish to practically engage in research concerning Beckett’s work in multimedia.

This course can be taken through the Department of Film, Theatre and Television as well as through the Department of English Literature.

Information for international students

Evidence of English Language ability required. Normal requirements are: • an overall score of 7.0 in the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) with no individual element scoring less than 6.0 or • an overall score of 6.5 in the IELTS with no individual element scoring less than 5.5

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations90
Creative work90
Dissertation90 (20,000 words)

Course contact details

Graham Saunders
+44 (0)118 378 4080