Taught course

Performing Shakespeare

Bath Spa University · School of Music and the Performing Arts

Entry requirements

You will have a proven academic and professional profile. You should have a good first degree and some knowledge and experience of theatre, acting and Shakespeare. You will be asked to demonstrate your foundational skills and knowledge through an audition, interview or both. Overseas students may be asked to send a recorded audition and the interview may be conducted over the telephone or via Skype. Students accepted onto the programme are expected to work often in teams and in collaboration with students, staff, researchers, and industry professionals and therefore their personal profile and recommendations will be strongly considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA/MFA in Performing Shakespeare is designed to appeal to students interested in the performance of Shakespeare and studying the original and contemporary practices of Shakespeare's theatre. The course is unique in that it is delivered with a practice-based research model in mind. You learn by doing and reflect on your developing practice. You can also tailor your experience to your own interests and needs.

You choose either an MA or MFA degree pathway. The MA pathway is designed for students interested in submitting a traditional research-led dissertation, whereas the MFA pathway is designed for students seeking a practice-based dissertation project. Regardless of which pathway you choose, you will benefit from a wide range of opportunities to work with industry specialists, resident scholars, and educational opportunities with professional companies such as Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The course allows more flexibility for international and mature students than other courses in the sector. It also benefits from Bath Spa University's unique location - a beautiful rural setting that is historically significant (only minutes away from the ancient city of Bath) and it's proximity to London, Bristol and Stratford Upon Avon.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Terri Power
+44 (0) 1225 875 711