M.A. Shakespeare

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP13200 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
Royal Holloway University of London | London, United Kingdom
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Description of Shakespeare

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The principal aim of this course is to study the full range of Shakespeares dramatic and poetic works more closely and comprehensively than is possible at undergraduate level, while also allowing you to focus in depth on a single major play.

A distinctive feature of the course is its close engagement with the works themselves and with what they say now about our world as well as what they reveal about Shakespeares.The critical, historical and theoretical issues raised by his plays and poetry are allowed to emerge out of your direct encounter with them, rather than being prescribed in advance as avenues of approach.

The MA is designed to provide you with both breadth of coverage and depth of focus, and the course is ideal whether you wish to pursue research at PhD level or simply wish to develop your knowledge of Shakespeare and your critical skills.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 13200 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 5400 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

You will study the two core course units and complete a dissertation under the supervision of one of the course tutors.

Core course units:

The Works: Plays & Poetry-

This unit spans Shakespeares entire career as a dramatist and poet. You will explore in detail, through close reading and class discussion, every kind of play he wrote and his greatest poetry, engaging throughout with the most important recent critical accounts of them. After focusing on the romantic comedies, the key history plays and the Sonnets, you will go on to explore the problem plays, the major tragedies and the haunting romances Shakespeare wrote at the end of his career.

King Lear: Critical Debate & Creative Response- This is an intensive study of Shakespeares supreme tragic masterpiece, the critical controversies it has provoked, and the diverse ways in which it has been adapted and transformed since Shakespeares time, on stage and on screen as well as in later fiction, poetry and drama.

Dissertation-

The dissertation (12,00015,000 words) is designed to test your ability to handle a complex topic and to display research skills at greater length than the course essays allow. It may develop work done for any part of either course unit, or be on any Shakespearean topic approved by your dissertation supervisor.

On completion of the course graduates will have:

  • a detailed, critical understanding of a wide range of works written by Shakespeare
  • an advanced understanding of the critical controversies produced by King Lear from the eighteenth century to the present day; and its creative afterlife in fiction, poetry, drama and film
  • evaluated relevant critical, theoretical and contextual research at the forefront of Shakespeare studies
  • experience of independent literary research at an advanced level using traditional and electronic resources
  • confidence in deploying the appropriate critical and technological skills required in this field of study.

English Language Requirements

IELTS take IELTS test
7
TOEFL iBT® test
100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Shakespeare

  • UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent, although candidates with a high Lower Second Class Honours degree (2:2) may also be considered.
  • Candidates with professional qualifications and work experience in an associated area may be considered.
  • IELTS 7 with 7 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 100 with 26 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants.

Work Experience for Shakespeare

No work experience is required.

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