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Shakespeare Studies MA

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Taught jointly between King's and Shakespeare's Globe, our unique MA course offers you the opportunity to study the theatrical world of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. You will be able to draw on expertise at both King's and Shakespeare's Globe, studying Shakespeare in the context of London's famous reconstructed early modern theatre located just a stone's throw from where his plays were originally performed.

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 a PhD 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.

At the Globe you will learn about early modern playhouses, audiences and performance practices and get access to the Globe and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, while at King's you will study early modern drama and other literary genres, examining the cultural and historical moment in which Shakespeare and his contemporaries were writing, and learning about the long Shakespearean afterlife.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

This degree is offered jointly by King’s and Globe Education, allowing you to capitalise on the academic and practical expertise of both of these institutions. At the Globe, you will take two compulsory modules, and at King’s you will take a critical methodologies module (‘Working with Early Modern Literary Texts’), which includes training in palaeography (the study of ancient writing systems and the deciphering and dating of manuscripts) and bibliography, along with one optional module. Through this degree you will pursue advanced study of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, making use of the facilities and opportunities provided by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and by King’s. You will develop a detailed knowledge of early modern drama, particularly Shakespearean drama.Between May and September you will write a dissertation, which will be supervised by academics either at King’s or at the Globe, depending on your chosen subject.

Teaching

Teaching across the degree is delivered by academics from King’s and Globe Education, complemented by visiting experts.

If you are a full-time student, we will give you four to six hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 26 hours of self-study per week.

If you are a part-time student, we will give you two to three hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars in your first year and two to four hours in your second, and we will expect you to undertake 13 hours of self-study per week in your first and second years.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    Your performance will be assessed through coursework. Forms of assessment may typically include research essays, editing assignments, critical surveys and the dissertation. Coursework contributes 100% to your final mark.

    Structure

    Required modules

    You are required to take:

    Working with Early Modern Literary Texts (30 credits)
    Early Modern Playhouse Practice (30 credits)
    Staging Shakespeare in Early Modern Playhouses (30 credits)
    Dissertation in Shakespeare Studies (60 credits)

    Please note that if you are a part-time student, you will take Early Modern Playhouse Practice (30 credits) and 2 optional modules in your first year. In year 2, you are required to take Working with Early Modern Literary Texts (30 credits), Staging Shakespeare in Early Modern Playhouses (30 credits) and also the dissertation in Shakespeare Studies (60 credits) in Year 2.

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include those listed below.

    Global/Local Shakespeares (15 credits)
    Flatter & Fawn: Early Modern Drama & the Court (15 credits)
    Theatre, Gender & Culture in Jacobean London (15 Credits)
    Poetic Movements, Poetic Moods 1660-1800 (15 credits)
    Premodern Dialogues: Medieval & Early Modern Literatures in Conversation (15 credits)
    Professing Writing in Early Modern England (15 credits)
    Shakespeare and the Screen (15 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Our recent graduates have gone on to study PhDs at King’s and at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Columbia, CUNY, California, George Washington and Massachusetts, and subsequently to jobs at Cambridge, Kent, The Shakespeare Institute, Newcastle, and North Carolina. Others are using the skills they developed with us to excel in careers in arts administration at, for example, Globe Education, National Theatre, Barbican and English National Opera and to edit for publishers in the US and UK.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

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

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

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

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • Library fees and fines 
    • Personal photocopies
    • Printing course handouts 
    • Society membership fees
    • Stationery 
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    At the Globe you will learn about early modern playhouses, audiences and performance practices and get access to the Globe and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, while at King's you will study early modern drama and other literary genres, examining the cultural and historical moment in which Shakespeare and his contemporaries were writing, and learning about the long Shakespearean afterlife.

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    This degree is offered jointly by King’s and Globe Education, allowing you to capitalise on the academic and practical expertise of both of these institutions. At the Globe, you will take two compulsory modules, and at King’s you will take a critical methodologies module (‘Working with Early Modern Literary Texts’), which includes training in palaeography (the study of ancient writing systems and the deciphering and dating of manuscripts) and bibliography, along with one optional module. Through this degree you will pursue advanced study of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, making use of the facilities and opportunities provided by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and by King’s. You will develop a detailed knowledge of early modern drama, particularly Shakespearean drama.Between May and September you will write a dissertation, which will be supervised by academics either at King’s or at the Globe, depending on your chosen subject.

    Teaching

    Teaching across the degree is delivered by academics from King’s and Globe Education, complemented by visiting experts.

    If you are a full-time student, we will give you four to six hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 26 hours of self-study per week.

    If you are a part-time student, we will give you two to three hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars in your first year and two to four hours in your second, and we will expect you to undertake 13 hours of self-study per week in your first and second years.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      Your performance will be assessed through coursework. Forms of assessment may typically include research essays, editing assignments, critical surveys and the dissertation. Coursework contributes 100% to your final mark.

      Structure

      Required modules

      You are required to take:

      Working with Early Modern Literary Texts (30 credits)
      Early Modern Playhouse Practice (30 credits)
      Staging Shakespeare in Early Modern Playhouses (30 credits)
      Dissertation in Shakespeare Studies (60 credits)

      Please note that if you are a part-time student, you will take Early Modern Playhouse Practice (30 credits) and 2 optional modules in your first year. In year 2, you are required to take Working with Early Modern Literary Texts (30 credits), Staging Shakespeare in Early Modern Playhouses (30 credits) and also the dissertation in Shakespeare Studies (60 credits) in Year 2.

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include those listed below.

      Global/Local Shakespeares (15 credits)
      Flatter & Fawn: Early Modern Drama & the Court (15 credits)
      Theatre, Gender & Culture in Jacobean London (15 Credits)
      Poetic Movements, Poetic Moods 1660-1800 (15 credits)
      Premodern Dialogues: Medieval & Early Modern Literatures in Conversation (15 credits)
      Professing Writing in Early Modern England (15 credits)
      Shakespeare and the Screen (15 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Our recent graduates have gone on to study PhDs at King’s and at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Columbia, CUNY, California, George Washington and Massachusetts, and subsequently to jobs at Cambridge, Kent, The Shakespeare Institute, Newcastle, and North Carolina. Others are using the skills they developed with us to excel in careers in arts administration at, for example, Globe Education, National Theatre, Barbican and English National Opera and to edit for publishers in the US and UK.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

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

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

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

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • Library fees and fines 
      • Personal photocopies
      • Printing course handouts 
      • Society membership fees
      • Stationery 
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
      • Graduation costs

      Funding

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