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Shakespeare Studies MA


Course Description

This programme, delivered by the Shakespeare Institute, offers an unrivalled opportunity for the study of Shakespeare at postgraduate level. It 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. The programme has gained a strong reputation both in Britain and abroad. It has proved invaluable for students heading towards a variety of careers, and it provides a solid foundation for research at a higher level.

The dynamism of Shakespeare studies owes much to the sheer diversity of critical, theatrical, and historical approaches. It offers sustained study in a variety of fields, drawing on the special interests of a dedicated team of Shakespeare scholars.

Course content

You will study five core modules:

- Plays and Poems of Shakespeare A
- Plays and Poems of Shakespeare B
- Textual Studies in Shakespeare
- Research Skills in Shakespeare
- History of Shakespeare in Performance OR Shakespeare’s Legacy

You will also choose one optional module from a range of Shakespeare Institute modules, including: History of Shakespeare Criticism; Social and Cultural History of Renaissance England A and B; Shakespearience; Shakespeare’s Craftsmanship; Creative Practice; Shakespeare, the Playwright and his Drama A and B. [Note: Not all modules run every year]

Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word essay and you will also submit a 15,000-word dissertation at the end of the programme. The dissertation will focus on a relevant topic of your choice, agreed with your supervisor earlier in the year.

You will also attend Thursday Seminars held once a week during term-time at the Shakespeare Institute which feature papers presented by a range of established visiting scholars as well as Institute and University of Birmingham staff.

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

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

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject eg, English, Drama or History

Course Fees

£6,570 FT, £3,285 PT (UK/EU); £14,850 FT only (overseas)


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