Taught course

Typography and Graphic Communication

University of Reading · Department of Typography and Graphic Communication
MA by research

Entry requirements

At least 2:1 honours (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a design or designrelevant subject or, for exceptional candidates without such a degree, convincing evidence of relevant professional experience. You will be asked to provide a portfolio and an example of academic writing as part of the application process.

Months of entry


Course content

* A research-intensive programme that develops independent research and writing skills
* Flexible structure allows you to tailor the programme to your personal interests
* Ideal preparation for higher study and self-directed research
* Opportunity to work with the Department’s world-class collections and archives

About the Department

Typography and Graphic Communication at Reading

Our Department has an international reputation for its teaching and research. It has been a leader in defining and shaping our field, with pioneering contributions in the integration of research into design teaching, the use of archives in developing understanding and guiding design decisions, and the consolidation of history, theory and practice in typographic education.

Our unique programmes enable you to develop excellent skills in design practice, enquiry and discourse. You will benefit from teaching that draws on academic and professional expertise from a wide range of staff and visiting contributors. Our small programme groups allow you to engage with other postgraduates and researchers, in a supportive and collegiate environment.

You will benefit from our links with design institutions all over the world. These include the Rare Book School in Lyon, the Information Design Association, International Institute for Information Design, Sign Design Society, Printing Historical Society, Monotype Imaging, The Newberry Library, Victoria & Albert Museum and St Bride Library. We also house a large number of outstanding typography and graphic communication collections.

Our programmes are superb preparation for careers in practice, and ideal for those considering MPhil or PhD study.

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team