University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Shakespeare Studies

This programme, delivered by the Shakespeare Institute, offers an 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.

Entry requirements

In addition to the usual supporting documents, when applicants apply for this course we ask them to submit an example of their written work; this will preferably be an essay on Shakespeare, of about 2,000 words. If applicants do not have a piece of work that is of the right length it is better to send something that is longer rather than shorter so that we have a better chance to assess their critical writing on a literary topic. Not everyone has written at any length on Shakespeare at the time they apply, and we are therefore prepared to assess an applicant's work on another literary topic if necessary. Ideally this would be based on a comparable subject (e.g. on drama, or on another author of Shakespeare's time), but of course applicants will also want to choose something that gives a fair representation of their work.

Course 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. Students also choose 1 optional module from a range of Shakespeare Institute modules.

Assessment methods

Students will submit a 15,000-word dissertation at the end of the programme. The dissertation will focus on a relevant topic of the students choice, agreed with their supervisor earlier in the year.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Board; Stafford student loans (USA).

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,570 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,570 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 6,570 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,570 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,570 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (England) 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Telephone number: 
0121 414 5005