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  • Qualification

    MRes - Master of Research

  • Location

    University of Reading

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    24 months

Course summary

Our MRes Typeface Design course is targeted specifically at experienced, practicing typeface designers who want to develop a deeper understanding of the historical and theoretical aspects of their field, and gain a research-intensive qualification that allows them to teach a postgraduate level.

The course is structured on a hybrid model, over two years of part-time study. This structure extends the core seminars of the residential MA Typeface Design course, and integrates intensive sessions modelled on the TDi short course.

Most of the work is conducted online, with three residential periods of two weeks each providing targeted research skills and archival work. The aim is to combine self-directed learning through guided study, discourse development through engagement with peers, face-to-face feedback on presentations and discussion, and hands-on experience with sensitive artefacts.

The course follows a three term per academic year structure. Students start the course in September of Year 1, with the first residential period at the beginning of the first term (late September). The second residential period takes place in the summer of the first year, at a time that coincides with the vacation period of most HEIs. The third residential period takes place in the autumn of Year 2.

The course is ideal for practitioners transitioning to teaching careers, and educators seeking to gain higher qualifications in a research-intensive environment. Graduates can expect to have a deep engagement with the literature in the field, and a unique opportunity to work with archival material. They can also expect to build broader academic skills in research and writing. The main output takes the form of a rigorous dissertation based on original research. We expect the better examples to be of publication quality, and contribute to the nascent scholarship in the field.


This programme enables graduates to develop further their teaching and research careers. This includes moving from sessional or teaching-only posts to positions where research outputs are expected. The potential to carry out original research during the MRes can help start or improve your publications list. It also enables graduates to apply directly to PhD programmes, having demonstrated to a high level independent research and writing skills.

Tuition fees

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£ 5,950per year

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University information

University of Reading

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    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 23,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master's and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    6th out of 85 31

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    131 60%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78.0 78%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.12 82%



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