Our Department has an outstanding reputation for its research – the University of Reading is ranked 1st in the UK for research in typography and graphic communication (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014 – Art and Design: History, practice and theory: B – Typography & Graphic communication). We have defined and shaped 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 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, which are used regularly in teaching, allowing you a unique, hands-on experience with archival material.

Our programmes help prepare you for a career in practice, and are ideal for those considering MPhil or PhD study.

Learn more about our courses starting September 2021

Master’s Scholarships 2021

The University of Reading provides an extensive range of scholarships to master’s students. Some awards are offered directly by the University, others are allocated to our students by external funding bodies and a few are jointly funded.

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Funding Information

Funding applies to:

UK, EU and International students

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