UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent; candidates with a high 2:2 may also be considered. Candidates with professional qualifications and work experience in an associated area may be considered.
Applicants may be asked to submit a sample of recent written work, such as two short essays or an extract from a dissertation.
English language requirements:
IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in writing and no subscore below 5.5, for non-native English speaking applicants
Months of entry
"O this learning, what a thing it is!"
The Taming of the Shrew (1.2.130)
If you have a passion for the works of William Shakespeare, this MA gives you the space to study the full range of Shakespeare’s works more closely and comprehensively than you could as an undergraduate – approaching Shakespeare as a maker of theatre on page and stage. The course focuses closely on the works themselves, looking at what they say about our world today, as well as what they reveal about Shakespeare’s. We've designed the course so that you'll discover the critical, historical and theoretical issues in his plays and poetry as you encounter them, rather than providing you with prescribed routes to take.
The MA is designed to provide you with both breadth of coverage and depth of focus, and the course is ideal whether you wish to pursue research at PhD level or simply wish to develop your knowledge of Shakespeare and your critical skills. You will be taught by the people creating and animating current critical debates on manuscript, print and performance.
Join a department that's joint 2nd in the UK for outstanding and world-leading research environments. You'll benefit from our incredible research: over two thirds of our research was judged ‘world leading and internationally excellent’ in REF 2014. All staff in the department are highly regarded scholars, writers and critics who are engaged in research, writing ground-breaking books, talking to or writing in the national media, and providing expert advice to organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Department for Education and other national and international bodies.
Designed to be flexible, this course can be studied full-time for one year or part-time over two years.
Fees and funding
See our Postgraduate fees and funding pages to find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Dr Deana Rankin