Taught course

Global Shakespeare (with University of Warwick)

Queen Mary, University of London · School of English and Drama

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a BA (Hons) in a relevant Humanities degree (first-class or upper second) or equivalent. Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess relevant credentials and who can demonstrate their ability to produce written work at masters level will also be considered. Applicants may be invited to interview or asked to submit examples of written and/or creative work. We welcome applications from mature and non-traditional students. International applicants: Students from outside of the UK are especially encouraged since we are eager to form a global community QML and Warwick. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. For this course we expect an IELTS score of 7.5. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the QML Admissions Office. For more information contact: The Admissions office Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5511 Email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This is the only programme in the UK to focus on Shakespeare through the eyes of others. It allows you to form a critical perspective on Shakespeare as a global cultural phenomenon from Elizabethan England to the twenty-first century. You will examine the afterlife of his plays as they have been read, performed, adapted and translated not only linguistically but in performance practices, cultural contexts and various forms of new media across the world.

The programme combines theoretical, historical, performance and pedagogical approaches, with a strong digital and new-media component. You will be involved in developing cutting-edge methodologies for understanding Shakespeare as a product and catalyst of globalisation.

The Global Shakespeare MA provides a unique opportunity to experience postgraduate life with two world-leading institutions with strong expertise in the fields of Shakespeare, Renaissance studies, performance and Modern Languages - Queen Mary University of London and The University of Warwick. You will spend the first semester at Queen Mary, and spend time in the heart of London, accessing a wide variety of theatrical performances in venues such as the Globe, Donmar Warehouse, National Theatre and visiting the unrivalled museums, libraries and archives of the capital. The second semester, spent at the University of Warwick, will see you in close proximity to Stratford-upon-Avon with access to performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the outstanding research facilities of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

On this programme you will:

  • Have access to the expertise and scholarship at both institutions
  • Benefit from webinars with established Shakespeareans across the globe such as Brazil, South Africa, Italy and China
  • Attend performances of Shakespeare at local theatres and engage with actors and directors in London and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Learn academic journalism through editorial experience and reviewing on the new electronic journal – Global Shakespeare
  • Engage with local communities in exploring the significance of Shakespeare for them

This programme is ideal for graduates wishing to enter careers in academia, research, cultural organisations, theatres, teaching, publishing and new media.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Anna Boneham