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  • Programme duration: Full-time: 24 months  
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You are normally required to have a 2:1 Hons degree from a UK university or degree-awarding HE institution, or the international equivalent of such a qualification.
Reading for Life msc


The Reading for Life MSc, the first of its kind in the country, is concerned with the wider and deeper ways in which serious creative literature ‘finds’ people, emotionally and imaginatively, by offering living models and visions of human troubles and human possibilities.

The programme uses books of all kinds – novels, poetry, drama, essays in philosophy and theology – and books from all periods – from Shakespeare to the present to help you to develop the ability, the confidence and enthusiasm to use all literature as a form of personal time-travel and meditation.  You will also learn how, in turn, you may re-create this process for others, through the formation of equivalent reading-groups based on the innovative and successful shared read aloud project run in various locations across the country (schools, hostels for homeless people, community libraries, day centres for the elderly, rehabilitation and drop-in centres, prisons) by the award-winning charity, The Reader.

The programme is run part-time over two years at our Liverpool campus and is available to be studied on a CPD basis at our London campus.

Why School of Psychology?

Breadth and choice

Reflecting our main research strengths, we offer one-year taught master's (MSc) programmes in:

  • Investigative and Forensic Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology.

For details of MPhil/PhD and MD opportunities in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, see our Postgraduate Research Opportunities.

Professionally focused

The Investigative and Forensic Psychology course is recognised by the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP, British Psychological Society) and counts towards Chartered Forensic Status.

Innovative research

As home to the Centres for Critical and Major Incident Psychology and Investigative Psychology, we continue to stretch the boundaries of psychological inquiry with innovative research activity.

Our partners

Our partners include local hospitals and schools, the Regional Neurological and Neurosurgical NHS Trust, Prison Psychology departments, national and international Police Forces and associated Law Enforcement Agencies. There are also close links with other University departments in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences; in particular, Clinical Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Anatomy. Numerous collaborations exist between members of staff and their colleagues in other academic institutions both nationally and internationally.