University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Shakespeare and Theatre

This course 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. Students 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. The textual history of how Shakespeare's plays influences performance today can also be studied.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 degree in an appropriate subject or the Certificate of HE in Shakespeare Studies register for the MA or those who do not meet these formal admission requirements register initially as 'affiliate' students and then change status on the successful completion of the 2 core modules.

Course modules

Shakespeare's theatre; research skills; plus 4 chosen from; Shakespeare's craftsmanship; Shakespeare's legacy; Shakespeare's text; history of Shakespeare in performance; 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.

Assessment methods

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. MA students will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 610 per Module (Scotland) 24 months
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 610 per Module (Wales) 24 months
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 610 per Module (EU) 24 months
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 610 per Module (England) 24 months
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 610 per Module (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 610 per Module (Scotland) 24 months
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 610 per Module (Wales) 24 months
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 610 per Module (EU) 24 months
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 610 per Module (England) 24 months
MA Distance learning September 2016 GBP 610 per Module (Northern Ireland) 24 months
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 720 per Module (EU) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 720 per Module (England) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 720 per Module (International) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 720 per Module (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 720 per Module (EU) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 720 per Module (Scotland) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 720 per Module (England) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 720 per Module (Wales) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 720 per Module (International) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 720 per Module (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 720 per Module (Scotland) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 720 per Module (Wales) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (EU) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (England) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (EU) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (England) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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