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Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2-3 years part time

About the course

The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon offers a world-renowned programme that develops a critical but appreciative understanding of Shakespeare's contribution to literary and theatrical history, and the place his works occupy in today's cultural landscape. Taught by dedicated scholars, the program provides students with rigorous training in textual studies, performance analysis, and historical context surrounding the Bard's work. The institute also boasts excellent resources such as access to the RSC archives and theaters, as well as proximity to key Shakespearian landmarks in Stratford itself. This course is ideal for those wishing to pursue careers relating to theater arts or literature.

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Entry Requirements

Our usual entry requirement for this programme is a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in English or a related subject.

Please note that all applications are treated on their merits, and we will review your references, personal statement and past experience alongside your qualifications when considering your application.

In addition to the usual supporting documents, when you apply for this course we ask you to submit an example of your written work; this will preferably be an essay on Shakespeare, of about 2,000 words.


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Student Profile(s)

Sara Marie Westh

Sara Marie has been a passionate Shakespearean since before she first entered the University of Copenhagen in 2005. Kind professors pointed her toward the Shakespeare Institute after the completion of her cand.mag. She is now in her second year of doctoral studies at the Institute.

She is also 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/sara-marie-westh/

Ella May McGrail

Why did you choose Shakespeare at the University of Birmingham?

“Studying Shakespeare in the centre of Stratford-Upon-Avon has been incredible. Being just a short walk away from the RSC theatres and Shakespeare’s Birthplace has really enhanced my studying. I chose the course because of the amazing links UoB has with The RSC. Knowing that on this course I would have the opportunity to be involved with two projects at The RSC theatres made it a very easy decision and I did not apply for anywhere else.”

What is life like as a student at the Shakespeare Institute?

“Student life at the Shakespeare Institute is wonderful. The staff are all extremely talented, knowledgeable and at the same time, friendly and supportive. Being in the centre of Stratford-Upon-Avon really enhances student life as there are often discounted tickets available to students for the RSC, and there are amazing events and lectures being held at the Institute and at the Birthplace Trust, just up the road. One of the most fantastic events I have been to, was when the outstanding actress Harriet Walter came to visit the Birthplace Trust to talk about her book Brutus and Other Heroines. Her lecture was magnificent, and afterwards she answered all of our questions and signed copies of her book. It was an evening I shall never forget.”

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