This is an innovative Shakespeare Institute programme that focuses on how Shakespeare's plays work in performance. It encourages a historical approach to interpretation and styles of presentation and it promotes the value of close reading as the basis for evaluating the plays on the page, stage, and screen. You will have the opportunity to look at different productions and adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays in their historical, political, and cultural contexts and to think about the performance choices actors and directors make when approaching Shakespeare’s texts. You can also study how the textual history of Shakespeare’s plays influences performance today.
You will study two core modules:
- Shakespeare's Theatre
- Research Skills
You will also choose four optional modules from a range which includes: Shakespeare's Craftsmanship; Shakespeare's Legacy; Shakespeare’s Text; History of Shakespeare in Performance; Shakespearience; Shakespeare and Creative Practice; History of Shakespeare Criticism; Plays and Poems A and B; Social and Cultural History of Renaissance England A and B; Shakespeare, the Playwright and his Drama A and B. [Note: Not all modules run every year]
Each module is assessed by one 4,000 word essay with the exception of Research Skills and Creative Practice which are assessed by 2–3 shorter assignments (Creative Practice includes performance pieces in addition to written assessment). While completing all six taught modules will lead to a Diploma-level qualification, MA students will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.
The flexible structure of this course allows study in a wide variety of ways, on a full- or part-time basis. Modules are available to study through a variety of routes that may include:
- Three long weekends at the Shakespeare Institute at approximately monthly intervals
- One day a week throughout a semester at the Shakespeare Institute (ten days).
- Distance-learning option via online WebCt
Full-time study is on site in Stratford-upon-Avon and part-time students can choose to study the whole programme either on site, via online distance learning or a combination of the two. You are also encouraged to visit the theatre and cinema to benefit from the excitement of Shakespeare's plays in performance.
Visit the Shakespeare Institute
We welcome prospective students to visit the Shakespeare Institute. We usually arrange open afternoons to coincide with two of our weekly Thursday seminar series a term which gives you a good opportunity to experience the Shakespeare Institute and to meet our staff and students. If you would like to visit us at another time, please contact us.
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays
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
2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject or Certificate of HE in Shakespeare Studies. Other qualifications and backgrounds will be considered
£6,840 FT, PT and DL: £720 per module, £2,160 dissertation (UK/EU); £14,850 FT, PT and DL: £720 per module, £2,160 dissertation (overseas)