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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.
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.
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, email@example.com
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Course contact email Enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of English
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Taught compulsory and optional courses assessed by coursework and/or examination plus a dissertation.
Optional modulesStudents take one optional module. Recommended options may include:
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.
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.
In the heart of London
Find out more about the Shakespeare Studies MA taught jointly with King's and the Globe Theatre in London
£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
£17,550 p.a. (2016/17)*
£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*
£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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