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Shakespeare Studies MA



A unique MA programme taught in collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe. Offers advanced critical and textual study of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, focusing on both early modern and contemporary contexts for their composition and reception. Optional modules offer in-depth study of Jacobean theatre and culture, Shakespeare on screen and stage, and the social and literary cultures of early modern England.

Key benefits

  • Unique collaboration between Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Department of English, King's College London.

  • Ideal opportunity to study the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in a theatrical context in the heart of London.

  • Graduates of the degree have gone on to study for the PhD both at King's and at other major universities both in the UK and the US or to work in the creative industries, arts administration and publishing.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 25-35

Course leaders Dr Lucy Munro, MA in Shakespeare Studies Convenor,

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of English


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in English, Drama or an equivalent subject.

Note: you will be required to submit a sample of your written work on a relevant topic. Further details can be found on the next page, 'Applying, Fees & funding'.

Application procedure

Please supply a recent argumentative research paper you have written (up to 4,000 words) on a topic connected with Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries: this is the key item in your application. We will also wish to see your provisional option choices and an initial dissertation idea. Please contact the MA Convenor if you wish to discuss your situation.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please include a personal statement that includes your reasons for applying to the course. You should also provide a recent argumentative research paper you have written (up to 4,000 words) on a topic connected with Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


Course detail


The degree is offered jointly by King’s and Globe Education. From 2015-16 teaching will be divided equally, capitalising on the academic and practical expertise of both of these institutions. At the Globe you will take two compulsory modules: ‘Early Modern Playhouse Practice: The Spaces, the Companies, the Business’ and ‘Staging Shakespeare in Early Modern Playhouses: Actors, Audiences and the Experience of Theatre-Going’. At King’s you will take a critical methodologies module (‘Working with Early Modern Literary Texts’), which includes training in palaeography and bibliography, and one optional module. Teaching across the degree is delivered by academics from King’s and Globe Education, complemented by visiting experts.

You will also write a dissertation between May and September, supervised by academics at either King's or at the Globe, depending on the chosen subject.

See MA Shakespeare Studies for further details of this unique programme.

Course purpose

Advanced study of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the context of the facilities and opportunities provided by Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and by King's. To provide a thorough knowledge of early modern drama, particularly Shakespearean drama, in its material and institutional contexts. Ideal grounding for further academic work and for work in arts administration, theatre, education, publishing.

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Course format and assessment

Taught compulsory and optional courses assessed by coursework and/or examination plus a dissertation.


  • Required Modules

     Core module:

    • Dissertation
    Compulsory modules

    • Working with Early Modern Literary Texts – taught at King’s
    • Early Modern Playhouse Practice: The Spaces, the Companies, the Business – taught at Shakespeare’s Globe
    • Staging Shakespeare in Early Modern Playhouses: Actors, Audiences and the Experience of Theatre-Going – taught at Shakespeare’s Globe

    Optional Modules

    Optional modules
    Students take one optional module. Recommended options may include:

    • Theatre, Gender and Culture in Jacobean London
    • Global/Local Shakespeares
    • Professing Writing in Early Modern England
    • Prison Writing
    • Flatter and Fawn: Early Modern Drama and the Court

    Students may also choose from a wide range of optional modules offered on other English Department MA Programmes, or modules from another departments in the School (subject to agreement by the programme leader).

    NB: This is an indicative list only. For further information can be found on the Department of English modules page.


Career prospects

Recent graduates have gone on to PhDs at King’s and at the Universities of Cambridge, Columbia, New York, CUNY and Massachusetts, and subsequently to jobs at Cambridge, the Shakespeare Institute, Newcastle, and in North Carolina; to work in arts administration at eg Globe Education, National Theatre, Barbican, English National Opera; to edit for publishers in the US and UK.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,550 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£8,775 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Overseas students will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place when they receive an offer for this course.  

The deposit is £2,000 (2016/17) and will be credited towards your total fee payment.

UK/EU students are not required to pay a deposit (2016/17)

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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