201–250 th
World University Rankings 2021
101–200 th
Impact Rankings 2021
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
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English Literature and Theatre - University of Reading

Explore the creative dynamics between writing and performance on this joint honours programme that combines theory and practice, performance and close reading. **Why study this course?** The Department of Film, Theatre and Television is housed in the Minghella Building, which has been custom-built with the needs of our students in mind. The theatre component of your degree focuses on performance, and so we investigate plays in a variety of settings. You will make regular trips to performances in Reading and London, and will investigate a range of contemporary practices including site specific work and examples of digital technologies in live performance.. You will be studying in two departments who collaborate with each other extensively. Both have been leaders in their fields for a long time. English Literature was one of the first university departments in the UK to study American and Canadian authors like Margaret Atwood, and we continue this tradition with a curriculum that includes the best of contemporary writing from Britain, American and the Caribbean. The Department of Film, Theatre & Television pioneered the study of film in UK higher education, and we continue to lead in the range and breadth of the modules we offer. **After the course** A degree in English Literature opens many doors. As a Reading graduate you will enter the job market with well-developed skills of oral communication, research and writing, together with a high level of cultural literacy and critical sophistication. This is an attractive profile: Reading graduates in English Literature have taken up jobs in television, film, theatre, publishing, public relations and advertising, journalism, education (primary, secondary and tertiary), travel and tourism, events planning, retail management and a variety of communication fields. Some pursue further study in Law, in Archival Studies, in English Literature and even in Medicine. Recent employers include the BBC, the Telegraph, Vogue, Oxford University Press, Waterstones, Cisco (the software company) and the Royal Mint, as well as local authorities and schools. Our innovative Professional Track programme will ensure that you have the ‘complete package’ that employers are looking for: a good degree, workplace skills and experience.