At the Institute, you are able to study for full-time and part-time research degrees at all postgraduate levels (MA by Research, MLitt, and PhD). You will work towards writing a thesis on a topic of your own choice, agreed with the Institute at the time of admission, and are supervised by a member of the Institute's teaching staff. There is also the opportunity for split location registration.
The PhD - the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words. If you have not already completed a research Masters, you will normally register for an MA by Research in the first instance, and apply to upgrade your registration to a PhD on the basis of progress made.
You can study an MA by Research or PhD programme on campus or by Distance Learning.
The MLitt involves undertaking research on a chosen topic leading to the preparation of a thesis of 60,000 words.
The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words.
If you like the idea of conducting independent research but feel like you need some taught and assessed coursework to support your study, you may be interested in our PhD with Integrated Study (Shakespeare Studies).
All research students take a course on the Methods and Materials of Research, which is taught during the first five weeks of the academic year. The aim is to provide an initial training in the methodologies of research in the various fields associated with Shakespeare Studies. There are no other compulsory courses, but research students are expected to attend Thursday Seminars and the Research Seminars; they are also given the opportunity of undertaking specialist training in palaeography.
At Birmingham you also have the option of studying languages, free of charge. Almost no other UK University offers you the opportunity to learn the intense graduate academic language skills which you may need to pursue your research.