Shakespeare, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13500
    Tuition (Year)
    5700
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The Shakespeare programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London. The principal aim of this course is to study the full range of Shakespeare’s 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.
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  • Fees and funding

About

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 Shakespeare’s.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 Shakespeare programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London. The principal aim of this course is to study the full range of Shakespeare’s 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.

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.

Why choose this course?
  • The MA Shakespeare is unique in its detailed engagement with the full range of Shakespeare’s works.
  • All members of staff are actively engaged in major research projects: the Department was awarded a 4* rating in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). This commitment to scholarly research means all our postgraduate courses are informed by the latest developments in literary studies.
  • Our excellent library resources span the full range of English studies and you will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House as well as the British Library and the many specialist libraries located in central London.
Employability & career opportunities

The Department has an impressive record for placing graduates in academic jobs and in prominent positions outside academia. In the field of Shakespeare and Renaissance studies alone, our postgraduates have recently secured positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, Sussex and Leeds, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the National University of Ireland. The English Department also prepares postgraduates for successful careers in a variety of other areas, such as teaching, writing and journalism, administration and marketing.

Programme Structure

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 Shakespeare’s 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 Shakespeare’s supreme tragic masterpiece, the critical controversies it has provoked, and the diverse ways in which it has been adapted and transformed since Shakespeare’s time, on stage and on screen as well as in later fiction, poetry and drama.

Dissertation

The dissertation (12,000—15,000 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

  • 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.
English Language Requirements
  • IELTS 7 with 7 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 100 with 26 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants.
  • Applicants come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications.
  • Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway International offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.
Additional requirements
  • You will be required to submit two short essays, or one longer essay, either on a Shakespearean topic or on any literary topic that demonstrates your critical ability and essay-writing skills.
A successful applicant will usually have the following qualities
  • excellent oral and written command of the English language
  • enthusiasm for studying Shakespeare and experience of studying his works at an advanced level
  • keenness to contribute actively and productively to class discussion
  • ability to work independently on essays and dissertation.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13500 International
  • GBP 5700 EU/EEA

Funding

Fees & funding for postgraduate students
Funding postgraduate study needs careful planning and we advise you check the various sources of finance available at an early stage in your application. All postgraduate taught courses have an annual fee and you’ll also need to take into account your living costs.
Postgraduate student loans
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has now confirmed details of student loans of up to £10,000 for postgraduate study. Masters degrees in all disciplines and subject areas will be covered by the new postgraduate loans scheme, which will be administered by Student Finance England. Loans will be available in plenty of time for the 2016/17 academic year.
Bursaries and scholarships

We also directly support 100 postgraduate students through a variety of scholarships, bursaries and assistantships. Our sources of funding page gives you a full list and eligibility criteria for these awards, which vary in the level of funding provided. Some cover both tuition fees and living expenses in full: others make a contribution towards a portion of the cost of study. In some cases, a combination of funding is possible, for example if a Departmental Assistantship is held with a Research Scholarship.

As well as our awards, a wide range of funding is open to postgraduate students from different sources. Competition for these awards is intense and there are often strict deadlines. Our Directors of Graduate Studies in each department will offer guidance on how to make an application.

We also provide financial advice and support to ensure your time here is as stress-free as possible when it comes to money.

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