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Shakespeare and Creativity MA

Course Description

This new 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 involve expert tuition from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the new Library of Birmingham. This programme will attract aspiring academics, actors, writers, directors, arts administrators, as well as anyone with a lively interest in Shakespeare.

Course content

This programme brings together academic, theatrical and civic interests in Shakespeare and creativity, generating a comprehensive and 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 study four core modules:

- Shakespearience
- Shakespeare and Theatre 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.

Shakespearience and optional modules are each assessed by one 4,000-word essay; Creative Practice, the Shakespeare Ensemble and Shakespeare and Society all 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.

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 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/


Entry Requirements

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

Course Fees

£6,840 FT only (UK/EU); £14,850 FT only (overseas)

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