Shakespeare, M.A.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    14500
    Tuition (Year)
    7000
    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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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.

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

Shakespeare - Plays, Players and Papers

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of early modern plays, in particular the works of Shakespeare and some of his contemporaries, critically evaluating ideas on play-construction, performance, revision, and reception. 
Critical Debate and Creative Response
  • In this module you look at two complementary critical approaches to Shakespeare. You will start by looking at early modern print culture, engaging closely with a selection of Shakespearean and non-Shakespeare texts. You will explore way in which writers, readers, actors and stationers produced, mediated and interpreted literature.
Shakespeare and Dramaturgy:
  • In this module you will explore Shakespeare in relation to dramaturges of the past, including Nahum Tate, Colley Cibber, Ellen Terry, and Joan Littlewood. You will then examine dramaturgies of the present and look to possible dramaturgies for the future.  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1); or equivalent; candidates with a high
  • 2:2 may also be considered. Candidates with professional qualifications and work experience in an associated area may be considered.
  • IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in writing and no sub-score below 5.5, for non-native English speaking applicants

    Tuition Fee Per Year

    • GBP 14500 International
    • GBP 7000 EU/EEA

    Funding

    Bedford Society Scholarships:

    These scholarships are offered as a full tuition fee waiver equivalent to the annual Home/EU tuition fee. These scholarships are normally awarded to applicants on a one year Masters programme excluding the MBA.

    International Scholarships:

    Scholarships are offered as tuition fee waivers of £5,000 that come into effect in the first year of a Royal Holloway Masters degree. No additional payment or tuition fee remission is offered in the second year of a two-year Masters degree.

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