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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Reading

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

As a postgraduate student at Reading, you will be part of our Early Modern Research Centre (EMRC). The EMRC organises regular seminars in term time, colloquia in Summer term, and in July hosts the annual Reading Early Modern Conference, an international three-day event that has been running for over twenty years. Through seminars and conferences, you will be able to meet other graduate students, both from the UK and abroad, and to develop your ideas with other people who share your interests. You will be able to meet other graduate students, both from the UK and abroad, as well as visiting scholars, and to develop your ideas with other people who share your interests. If you decide to continue postgraduate study to PhD level, you will have the opportunity to share your own research with them.

The University is situated in a beautiful eighteenth-century landscaped park, close to Reading's town centre. The Library has excellent research facilities, which include: digital resources such as Early English Books Online (EBBO) and Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO); microfilms, covering, among other resources, the mid-seventeenth-century Thomason Tracts; an extensive collection of early printed books - the Stenton Collection, the Overstone and Cole Libraries, and the Abingdon, Buckland, Didcot and Henley parish libraries - held in the Special Collections section of the Reading University Library. In addition, the University has strong links with the Berkshire Record Office and the Archives of St George's Chapel Windsor. Reading is within easy reach of major archives, such as Oxford's Bodleian Library, the British Library, and the National Archives in London.

The EMRC welcomes applications from postgraduate students, either from within or outside the University, to join our PhD programme in any area covered by the collective staff expertise in the Centre. Those applicants who have not studied the early modern period at MA level are encouraged to take the MA in Renaissance Literature and Culture or the MA (Res) in History, specialising in early modern options, before embarking on an early modern PhD. After the first year of PhD study, there is an opportunity for postgraduates to gain some experience of teaching at undergraduate level in the department of students' chosen discipline, be it English or History. The University's Centre for Staff Development and Training provides support and guidance in preparing postgraduates for teaching.

Tuition fees

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£ 17,320per year

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University information

University of Reading

  • University League Table

    39th

  • Campus address

    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.

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