Research course

Shakespeare and Creativity with Integrated Study

University of Birmingham · The Shakespeare Institute
Integrated PhD

Entry requirements

We ask that you supply evidence of either: A bachelors degree (2:1) in a relevant field OR Relevant professional experience. This should be demonstrated in a portfolio which catalogues and contextualises your work in a relevant field (e.g. catalogue of a recent art installation, actor’s CV, transcript giving indication of professional training, web-based archive of recent work, folio of published poems, etc)

Months of entry


Course content

This new programme, delivered by the Shakespeare Institute, combines taught modules with a full-length doctoral thesis. With a unique focus on Shakespeare and Creativity, it allows you to combine theatrical and academic study of Shakespeare’s life and work through a series of taught modules – assessed by both written work and performance pieces – with the full research training and experience of the traditional PhD.

This programme combines academic, theatrical and civic interests in Shakespeare, generating a new, creative and forward-looking conversation about what Shakespeare is and can be. You will produce traditional academic written work as well as creative work, all of which will explore Shakespeare’s potential in the modern world.

You will complete 120 credits of taught modules, including four core modules as follows: [full module descriptions below]

  • Shakespearience
  • Shakespeare and Creative Practice
  • The Shakespeare Ensemble
  • Shakespeare and Society

Your remaining 40 credits – equivalent to two taught modules – can be chosen from a range of Shakespeare Institute modules.

Shakespearience and optional modules are each assessed by one 4000 word essay; Creative Practice, the Shakespeare Ensemble and Shakespeare and Society all combine shorter written assignments with creative work.

Following completion of your taught modules, you will also produce a supervised 80000 word PhD thesis.

You will also attend weekly Thursday Seminars at the Shakespeare Institute (term-time only), which feature papers presented by a range of established visiting scholars as well as Institute and University of Birmingham staff.

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,621 FT
International students
£14,180 FT

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Qualification and course duration

Integrated PhD

full time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005