Taught course

Shakespeare and Education(on-campus or by distance learning)

University of Birmingham · The Shakespeare Institute

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree in an appropriate subject or the Certificate of HE in Shakespeare Studies register for the MA.

Months of entry


Course content

The Shakespeare Institute's MA in Shakespeare and Education is a unique, modular programme that is particularly appropriate for practicing teachers, offering the opportunity to enhance expertise in different aspects of Shakespeare’s work. It focuses centrally on the ways in which Shakespeare has been used in the classroom in different historical and cultural moments while also incorporating study of Shakespeare’s plays in performance and adaptation. You can study on campus or by distance learning.

This programme offers you the opportunity to enhance your expertise in different aspects of Shakespeare's work, while maintaining a pedagogical focus.

You will study three core modules:

  • Shakespeare and Pedagogy
  • Shakespeare’s Theatre
  • Research Skills

You will also choose three optional modules (see module information below). Each module is assessed by one 4,000 word essay with the exception of Research Skills and Creative Practice which are assessed by 2–3 shorter assignments (Creative Practice includes performance pieces in addition to written assessment). You will complete the programme with a 15,000-word pedagogical dissertation.

The flexible structure of this course allows study in a wide variety of ways, on a full- or part-time basis. Modules are available to study through a variety of routes that may include:

  • Three long weekends at the Shakespeare Institute at approximately monthly intervals
  • One day a week throughout a semester at the Shakespeare Institute (ten days).
  • Distance-learning option via online WebCt.

Full-time study is on site in Stratford-upon-Avon and part-time students can choose to study the whole programme either on-site, via online distance learning or a combination of the two. The schedule of delivery allows access to all modules through a range of modes over any three-year period, although some are not available to study via distance learning.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
distance learning
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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0121 414 5005