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Shakespeare and Creativity MA


Course Description

This programme offers a unique approach to the study of Shakespeare’s life and work, fusing traditional scholarly approaches with the thrill of being involved in new creative work.

It makes the most of the unrivalled resources of Shakespeare’s Stratford and involves expert tuition from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Library of Birmingham. The programme is particularly enhanced by the Institute's collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), offering unique and extensive opportunities to work on its premises with RSC artists.

This programme will attract aspiring academics, actors, writers, directors, arts administrators, as well as anyone with a lively interest in Shakespeare.

This programme brings together academic, theatrical and civic interests in Shakespeare and creativity, generating a comprehensive and forward-looking conversation about what Shakespeare is and can be in today's world.

You will produce traditional academic essays as well as creative work, all of which will explore Shakespeare’s potential in the modern world. You will make new creative work with and at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and benefit from unique and exciting access to the RSC's studio theatre, The Other Place.

You will study four core modules:

Shakespearience
Shakespeare and Theatre Practice (formerly Shakespeare and Creative Practice)
The Shakespeare Ensemble
Shakespeare and Society

You will also choose two optional modules from a range of Shakespeare Institute modules, and complete the MA with a 15,000-word dissertation. For your dissertation, you will have the chance to work intensively on an RSC project at The Other Place theatre.

Shakespearience and optional modules are each assessed by one 4,000-word essay; Shakespeare and Theatre Practice is assessed by either two performance assignments and a 2,000-word research paper, or a 4,000-word research paper; Shakespeare Ensemble and Shakespeare and Society both combine shorter written assignments with creative work.

You will also attend weekly Thursday Seminars at the Shakespeare Institute (term-time only), which feature papers presented by a range of established visiting scholars as well as Institute and University of Birmingham staff.

About the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

"Welcome to the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, in the College of Arts and Law. This is one of the largest Schools in the College, and variety is our watchword. We offer one of the most extensive ranges of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the country. Our research expertise is equally diverse, and we welcome students and researchers from all over the world." - Professor Andrzej Gasiorek, Head of School.

We particularly encourage creative thinking, with a range of pioneering programmes including Masters opportunities in Creative Writing, Film and Television and Shakespeare and Creativity. Our creative offerings are also strengthened by the development of our Department of Film and Creative Writing – established in 2015 – which has opened up exciting new opportunities for postgraduates to benefit from synergies between the two fields.

Our well-established Departments also provide an excellent environment for postgraduate study. The Department of Drama and Theatre Arts has a highly respected national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We are also one of the leading centres for the postgraduate study of English in the UK, spanning language and literature. The Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics is a world-leading centre of excellence for both teaching and research in this field.

We are also proud to be home to the world-renowned Shakespeare Institute, based in Stratford-upon-Avon. Situated within walking distance of Shakespeare’s birthplace, school and grave, and the theatres of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), the Shakespeare Institute offers postgraduate students and scholars an academic experience unrivalled by any other university.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Shakespeare and Creativity MA page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alex Whiteley

Alex is based at the University's Shakespeare Institute, in Stratford-Upon-Avon. She also undertook her undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham.

Alex is a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/alex-whiteley/


(Scholarship)

College of Arts and Law Masters scholarships - 10 Awards

The College of Arts and Law offers a number of home/EU fees-only scholarships for candidates wishing to study full- and part-time masters-level courses. These awards cover tuition fees for all masters-level degrees in the following schools:- English, Drama, American and Canadian Studies
- History and Cultures (including ten fees-only scholarships offered through the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures).
- Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music
- Philosophy, Theology and Religion (including one Muirhead Scholarship for the MA Philosophy or MRes Philosophy)These awards cover one year's tuition fees at UK/EU rates for full-time applicants, or two years part-time.For the Philosophy Muirhead scholarship only, which is advertised with these awards, a small maintenance grant will also be offered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Variable

Eligibility

These awards are open to UK/EU students, studying campus-based masters-level degrees in the College of Arts and Law which commence in September. International students are also eligible to apply, and will receive a reduction in tuition-fees equivalent to the home/EU rate if successful. Applications for funding can only be considered alongside an application to study.

Application Procedure

Scholarship application forms and reference forms are available at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/College-of-Arts-and-Law-Masters-Scholarships.aspx

Further Information

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/College-of-Arts-and-Law-Masters-Scholarships.aspx



Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in a relevant field, eg, English, Drama, Creative Writing or relevant professional experience

Course Fees

£7,290 FT only (UK/EU); £16,380 FT only (overseas)


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