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MA by Research Shakespeare Studies

University of Birmingham

In the heart of Shakespeare’s Stratford, with access to the theatres of the Royal Shakespeare Company and extraordinarily rich libraries and archives, The Shakespeare Institute offers postgraduate researchers an unrivalled academic experience.

You will join a lively and close-knit postgraduate community, taking part in a range of activities including weekly seminars and play readings, and an annual international conference organised by students for students.

You can study our programmes full-time or part-time. Both the PhD and MA by Research are offered on campus or by distance learning. The College of Arts and Law is experienced in delivering high quality distance learning to students all over the world.

[Lead image - Cymbeline, 2016, Royal Shakespeare Company. Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC.]

The Institute offers three options for postgraduate research in Shakespeare Studies, whether you are looking to complete your academic studies with a PhD or to pursue Masters-level research following an undergraduate degree in a related field. To find out more about what to expect from your research degree, please read our detailed guidance.

There are dedicated research courses for MA students; PhD students have research sessions alongside their graduate seminars. Specialist training is offered as necessary - we have expertise in editing and palaeography, as well as theoretical, educational, historical, digital, philosophical and EDI approaches to Shakespeare. All students are warmly invited to attend the weekly Thursday seminar in which leading academics or practitioners share their cutting edge work (after which we all have tea together).

At Birmingham, Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research students also have the opportunity to learn graduate academic languages free of charge, to support your studies.

  • Graduate School Language Skills

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1 year


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024
  • September 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time