Taught course

Shakespeare Studies

University of Birmingham · The Shakespeare Institute

Entry requirements

2:1 degree in a relevant subject

Months of entry


Course content

This programme, delivered by the Shakespeare Institute, offers an unrivalled opportunity for the study of Shakespeare at postgraduate level. It develops a critical but appreciative understanding of Shakespeare’s contribution to literary and theatrical history, and the place his works occupy in today’s cultural landscape. The programme has gained a strong reputation both in Britain and abroad. It has proved invaluable for students heading towards a variety of careers, and it provides a solid foundation for research at a higher level.

The dynamism of Shakespeare studies owes much to the sheer diversity of critical, theatrical, and historical approaches. It offers sustained study in a variety of fields, drawing on the special interests of a dedicated team of Shakespeare scholars.

You will study five core modules:

  • Plays and Poems of Shakespeare A
  • Plays and Poems of Shakespeare B
  • Textual Studies in Shakespeare
  • Research Skills in Shakespeare
  • History of Shakespeare in Performance OR Shakespeare’s Legacy

You will also choose one optional module from a range of Shakespeare Institute modules

Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word essay and you will also submit a 15,000-word dissertation at the end of the programme. The dissertation will focus on a relevant topic of your choice, agreed with your supervisor earlier in the year.

You will also attend Thursday Seminars held once a week during term-time at the Shakespeare Institute which feature papers presented by a range of established visiting scholars as well as Institute and University of Birmingham staff.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days.

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Further details of qualification

The course provides a unique opportunity for 1 year (or part-time equivalent) of postgraduate study of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005